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eNewsletter of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

November 2022

University lab infrastructure

Improving Canada’s research environments, and supporting research excellence across Canada

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, has announced the 2022-23 Research Support Fund (RSF) and RSF Incremental Project Grants’ recipient institutions, plus the latest cycle of Canada Research Chairs. The combined RSF funding of over $427 million will enrich research environments at 174 institutions. More than $139 million will be invested in 176 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 46 Canadian research institutions, advancing insight and understanding in areas such as endometriosis and pelvic pain, queer Indigenous cultural production, brain aging and repair, and earthquake geology. The Canada Research Chairs Program strengthens Canada's research ecosystem by attracting and retaining diverse researchers across disciplines, while the RSF helps Canadian postsecondary institutions cover costs of maintaining a world-class research environment.


The Storytellers. 10th Anniversary.

The Storytellers Challenge 10th anniversary edition launched!

Postsecondary students: show Canadians, in up to three minutes or 300 words, how social sciences and humanities research is improving our lives, our world and our future. Finalists receive $3,000, an expert research communications workshop and guidance, and a chance to be one of the Final Five and receive an additional $1,000.

Deadline: January 30, 2023

The latest from SSHRC and its partners

Insight Development Grants awarded for new research and ideas 

SSHRC has announced its 2022 Insight Development Grants competition results, with over $35 million in funding awarded to 585 research projects from 71 Canadian institutions, in areas from housing vulnerability and postpandemic care to supporting Indigenous postsecondary students. The funding opportunity supports research in its early stages, and experimentation with new research methods, approaches and ideas.

Peer Review

Interdisciplinary Peer Review Committee pilot expanded, extended

Researchers applying to SSHRC’s 2023 Insight Development Grants competition with interdisciplinary projects will again be able to direct their proposals to the pilot Tri-agency Interdisciplinary Peer Review Committee. The committee is being extended through 2023 following its successful review of investigator-led, interdisciplinary applications to SSHRC’s Insight Grants 2022 competition, the Canadian Institute of Health Research’s Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Project Grant competitions, and the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council’s Discovery Horizons 2022 competition.

Open Research Area 7 leads to six Canadian projects

Six joint social sciences and humanities research projects involving Canadian researchers are among projects selected in the seventh call of the Open Research Area (ORA 7). Through ORA, SSHRC and several of its European counterparts strengthen international cooperation and fund the best high-quality research. SSHRC is investing more than $2 million over three years to support the six Canadian teams.

Moving Forward - CRCC Progress Report 2021-2022

Moving Forward, together: Coordinating Committee’s 2021-22 report

The Canada Research Coordinating Committee has released its 2021-22 progress report, Moving Forward. Read how Canada’s federal research funding organizations worked together on strategic priorities for Canadian research, including equity, diversity and inclusion; pandemic research; Indigenous research and training; and support for early career researchers.

Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

Upcoming deadlinesget your applications in now

Competitions close soon for:

New Frontiers in Research Fund—Horizon Global Platform Competition

(new registration deadline: November 25, 2022)

Canada Graduate Scholarships—Master’s Program (December 1, 2022)

Indigenous Scholars Awards and Supplements Pilot Initiative (December 1, 2022)

New Frontiers in Research Fund—Horizon Global Platform Competition

(new application deadline: December 1, 2022)

Knowledge Synthesis Grants: Shifting Dynamics of Privilege and Marginalization

(December 15, 2022)

Partnership Engage Grants (December 15, 2022)

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

Connection Grants (February 1, 2023)

Insight Development Grants (February 2, 2023)

Partnership Grants—Stage 1 (February 10, 2023)

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Research tip of the month: How to apply …

to all things SSHRC

Whether you’re a researcher, partnering organization, student, administrator or anyone else interested in SSHRC funding, you can find instructions, accessibility information, application tips and many other resources throughout the How to Apply section of SSHRC’s website. 

Featured stories and articles
Stéfanie von Hlatky on a site visit in Kosovo with the NATO Kosovo Force. Copyright NATO.

Engendering peace: International security through gender equality



Stéfanie von Hlatky, Queen’s University’s Canada Research Chair in Gender, Security and the Armed Forces, has been investigating how gender equality, and the lack of it, affects militaries and conflict. Her research investigates how greater diversity and inclusion in armed forces around the world can improve prospects for peace. The work has already resulted in new training materials for NATO and influenced Canadian military policies and reform. With a SSHRC Insight Grant, von Hlatky and her team are now expanding their research collaborations into Africa and Asia.

Photo: NATO

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Detail from a mask created by a youth researcher to answer the question - Show how you see children and youth described to have mental health issues. Copyright Maria Liegghio.

Participation, purpose prove essential for mental resilience in youth

York University social work researcher Maria Liegghio and her team wanted to identify how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health of children, youth and their families, and how young people have found strength during these trying times. Their early findings have identified a unique source of resilience for youth they studied: the research project itself. Enlisting them as participants, not subjects. Liegghio’s research has led to a vibrant online community, and could be a model for critical or sociological studies focusing on child and youth mental health.

Photo: Maria Liegghio

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