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eNewsletter of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

December 2023

Video: 2023 Impact Awards winners recognized at Parliament

The 2023 Impact Awards: Reconciliation, legal protections, child testimony, counterterrorism and African innovation take spotlight

SSHRC celebrated the winners of the 2023 Impact Awards on November 23. These annual prizes recognize outstanding research contributions in the social sciences and humanities funded partially or entirely by SSHRC. As part of the celebration, the winners were recognized during Question Period by The Honourable Greg Fergus, Speaker of the House of Commons, and with a standing ovation by Members of Parliament. 


From left to right: Chidi Oguamanam (winner, Partnership Award), Jeremy de Beer (winner, Partnership Award), Andrew Martindale (winner, Connection Award), Kang Lee (winner, Insight Award), Jessica Davis (winner, Talent Award). Absent: David Dyzenhaus (winner, Gold Medal).


The latest from SSHRC and its partners

Canada Research Coordinating Committee

Canada Research Coordinating Committee advancing national research priorities

Over the five years since the Canada Research Coordinating Committee’s (CRCC) start, member organizations have been working together on shared priorities to inspire and support an increasingly equitable, connected and innovative research enterprise. Read SSHRC President, and current CRCC Chair, Ted Hewitt’s article in Canadian Science Policy Magazine on how and why this vision for coordination has worked to support the Canadian research ecosystem.

Deadline approaching to enter 2024 Storytellers Challenge

Be sure you or your students enter submissions to the 11th annual Storytellers Challenge by 8:00 p.m. (eastern), January 16, 2024, for a chance to receive $3,000 and more. Submit audio/video/text/graphic entries of up to three minutes or 300 words on the impacts of SSHRC-funded social sciences or humanities research.

Research on Research Institute (RoRI)

SSHRC partners with international Research on Research Institute

SSHRC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Michael Smith Health Research BC are among the newest core partners in the Research on Research Institute (RoRI). The international consortium of research partners examines how research is funded, practised, communicated and evaluated. Its mandate is to help funders and others transform research systems and cultures to deliver on the full potential of research.

2023 SSHRC Leaders

SSHRC Leaders convene in Ottawa to help shape the future of SSHRC's policies and programs

At the end of November, the SSHRC Leaders network—composed of representatives of postsecondary institutions across Canada—met in Ottawa to exchange information with SSHRC senior management and engage in dialogue that can help shape SSHRC policies and programs. Learn more about the SSHRC Leaders network.


Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

Upcoming deadlinesget your applications in now

Competitions close soon for:

New Frontiers in Research Fund: Transformation competition

(letter of intent, January 10, 2024)

Storytellers Challenge (January 16, 2024)

Connection Grants (February 1, 2024)

Insight Development Grants (February 2, 2024)

Partnership Grants—Stage 1 (February 10, 2024)

Partnership Engage Grants (March 15, 2024)

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Research tip of the month: Plan ahead, look around

Checking Dialogue’s upcoming deadlines section is perfect for staying on top of SSHRC, tri-agency and partners’ funding opportunities, But to plan further ahead or search for specific types of opportunities, visit SSHRC’s Funding page and explore the Funding search tool.

Featured stories and articles
Home Service Association Nursery. 556 Bathurst Street. Toronto. Ontario. May 14 1942. Research Story - Melanie Knight.

Community organizations proven central in shaping Black history in Canada

Toronto Metropolitan University researcher and Advisor to the Dean, Blackness and Diasporic Education, Mélanie Knight spent her sabbatical weaving together fragmented archival histories on Black Torontonians, their challenges, their work, and their lives. Her research has led to an image of community-organized programs, services and peer support—one very different from common perceptions about Black history as stories only about individuals. Knight’s work also shows that many of the greatest barriers facing Black Canadians in the past still exist today.

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Older man playing piano (research story - Zendel)

Learning music could be the key to maintaining hearing in older adults

Family celebrations can become isolating for older adults with hearing loss. However, Benjamin Zendel, Canada Research Chair in Aging and Auditory Neuroscience at Memorial University, explains that much of what we think of as hearing loss is actually the brain no longer being able to process and distinguish separate sounds, which is why turning up a hearing aid doesn’t help you hear in a busy restaurant. The solution might not come from technology at all, but, says Zendel, from learning to play music—and the style of teaching is important. 

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