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eNewsletter of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

December 2022

Impact Awards 2022

Celebrating the 2022 Impact Awards winners, and their research

SSHRC announced the winners of its 2022 Talent, Insight, Connection and Partnership awards at a ceremony in Ottawa December 1. The Gold medal winner is Cindy Blackstock, of McGill University and a member of the Gitxsan Nation, for her deeply impactful work in Indigenous theory and the identification and remediation of systemic inequalities in child welfare services for First Nations children, youth and families. Impact Award winners embody the very best in ideas and research about people, human thought and behaviour, and culture. All this year’s Impact Award winners are at the forefront of research innovation and creating impacts within and beyond their fields, through research in democratic and diversity representation in Canada’s legislature, the history and extermination of Polish Jews during the Holocaust, the dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the 1940s, and human rights and international criminal justice. Congratulations, everyone!


The latest from SSHRC and its partners

IPCC`s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) on Climate Change

Canada to lead international research initiative on climate change

The Government of Canada is leading the International Initiative for Research on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. The Canada Research Coordinating Committee has committed $60 million to the call, with international partners in the consortium contributing an additional $30 million. The initiative, administered through the New Frontiers in Research Fund and launching in January 2023, will fund international research on adaptation and mitigation strategies for groups currently most impacted by climate change effects due to both their physical and socioeconomic vulnerability. Project researchers will work with vulnerable groups to address their most pressing needs.

Office Building at Zibi (Ottawa)

SSHRC has moved: Update our address in your system

SSHRC has officially moved into the National Capital Region’s new Zibi development, situated on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people. For all SSHRC business—including the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat and the Canada Research Coordinating Committee—visit or mail:

125 Zaida Eddy Private, 2nd Floor

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

K1R 0E3

Government announces 2021-22 scholarships and fellowships recipients

On November 16, the Government of Canada announced nearly 6,000 scholarship and fellowship recipients across the three federal research funding agencies. SSHRC recipients across the Canada Graduate Scholarships master’s and doctoral programs, as well as the SSHRC Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships, will explore a vast range of areas, from the ethics of artificial intelligence to global food security, family resilience during COVID-19, and Indigenous language revitalization. The announcement also included the launch of scholarships and fellowships for promising Black students and postdoctoral researchers (see “Funding tip of the month,” below). 

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Applications invited for truth and reconciliation projects

SSHRC and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation have together launched a new joint initiative. The Reconciliation Network funding opportunity invites research teams led by First Nations, Métis Nation or Inuit researchers to submit proposals for new or existing formal partnerships that contribute to our collective understanding of truth and reconciliation. Announced in February 2022, the opportunity is part of the response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 65, and offers a broad range of multiyear funding for up to five years. Deadline: May 15, 2023 

Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

Upcoming deadlinesget your applications in now

Competitions close soon for:

Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine) (December 22, 2022)

Storytellers Challenge (January 30, 2023)

Connection Grants (February 1, 2023)

Insight Development Grants (February 2, 2023)

Partnership Grants—Stage 1 (February 10, 2023)

See Upcoming Deadlines, or subscribe to our RSS feed


Funding tip of the month: Funding for Black scholars

SSHRC, along with the other federal research funding agencies, is adding support for Black students and postdoctoral researchers as part of government efforts to address systemic barriers and underrepresentation. For SSHRC applicants, the funding will increase the number of master’s and doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarships and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships available for qualifying applicants, starting in 2023-24.

Featured stories and articles
Members of the SPARX Project team. The project promotes positive romantic and intimate relationships and best practices to prevent dating violence among high school students

Preventing sexual abuse, and helping its youngest victims


Martine Hébert, a sexology professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal (French only) and Canada Research Chair in Interpersonal Traumas and Resilience, has, for over 30 years, been giving the youngest victims of sexual violence a voice, by documenting and studying sexual assault’s impacts on children and youth. She and her research team apply their research results to develop and assess programs aimed at preventing sexual abuse—including revictimization—of youth and children. Their work is also helping mitigate the effects of such abuse by fostering resilience in young survivors and promoting their healthy development, including their potential to have positive future relationships.

Photo: Valérie Théorêt

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Canada Excellence Research Chair Ursula Eicker and Michael Bossert (manager of research innovation and business development at Next-Generation Cities Institute) in front of the lab visualization wall used to develop the Gamified Urban Simulation Platform

The road to zero-carbon cities is paved with interdisciplinarity

Cities, the world’s single biggest carbon producers, are key to a zero-carbon, sustainable future. But getting them there must involve everyone, says Ursula Eicker, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities at Concordia University. Eicker’s international team of over 50 postdoctoral researchers and students itself spans natural sciences, engineering, health, social sciences, humanities and the arts. Using their integrated simulation and modelling tools, and bringing together urban development sectors from garbage collection to construction, transit and energy, the team has already helped communities of Montréal make great strides.

Photo: Ivona Bossert

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The Storytellers. 10th year anniversary.

10th Storytellers Challenge deadline is January 30!

SSHRC invites postsecondary students to show Canadians, in up to 300 words or three minutes, how social sciences and humanities research improves our lives, our world and our future. Finalists receive $3,000, an expert research communications workshop and guidance, travel to Congress 2023 to participate in the Storytellers Showcase, and a chance to be among the Final Five winners and receive an additional $1,000.

Apply now!


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