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eNewsletter of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

February 2023

Advisory committee to address anti-Black racism in research and research training - Final report and recommendations

Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Research: SSHRC committee releases report

The SSHRC Advisory Committee to Address Anti-Black Racism in Research and Research Training has published its findings and recommendations. The committee was created in 2021 to advise SSHRC’s vice-president, Research, on ways to address the challenges and barriers facing Black scholars, and to increase their participation in SSHRC research and research training programs and the wider research ecosystem. Read the resulting report, and SSHRC’s planned steps forward.


The latest from SSHRC and its partners

Sylvie Lamoureux named SSHRC vice-president, Research

Sylvie A. Lamoureux (Order of Ontario), is SSHRC’s new vice-president, Research, as of January 30. As vice-president, Lamoureux provides leadership in strategic development, implementation and promotion of the “vision and direction of social sciences and humanities and tri-agency federal research funding programming.” She most recently served as the University of Ottawa’s associate vice-provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Lamoureux’s current research focuses on students’ transition to and through university, at all levels; academic literacy; and student experience.

Updated Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans

The official human research ethics policy of the three federal research funding agencies has been updated. The Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans—TCPS 2 (2022) was issued January 11, 2023, and reflects priorities identified by the Panel on Research Ethics and the agencies, and feedback from the research community during public consultations in 2021.

Undergraduate Student Research Awards for Black scholars

Black social sciences and humanities undergraduate students can now apply for Undergraduate Student Research Awards. Launched in January, the awards are part of new federal funding to support Canada’s Black students and postdoctoral researchers and to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in research. Application deadlines are set by the program’s eligible Canadian postsecondary institutions.

In Conversation With … Talent Award winner Semra Sevi

Register for this year’s third presentation of In Conversation With, at 1 p.m. (eastern), March 15, in collaboration with The Conversation Canada. SSHRC’s 2022 Talent Award winner Semra Sevi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University and Western University affiliate, studies democratic representation. Sevi will talk about her already influential research on voter preferences, research responses to political inequality, and the value of open science. Gold medal winner Cindy Blackstock launched this season’s series, discussing the relationship between activism and academia, followed by Insight Award winner Jan Grabowski speaking on Holocaust research, culpability and misinformation. Recordings are made available following each Conversation.

Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

Upcoming deadlinesget your applications in now

Competitions close soon for:

Impact Awards (nomination deadline: April 1, 2023)

Connection Grants (May 1, 2023)

International Joint Initiative for Research in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Competition (notice of intent to apply: May 2, 2023)

Reconciliation Network in Response to Call to Action 65 (May 15, 2023)

Canada Graduate Scholarships—Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (June 10, 2023)

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Research tip of the month: International call for joint research on climate change adaptation and mitigation

The International Joint Initiative for Research in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Competition, administered by the New Frontiers in Research Fund on behalf of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee, wants partnered interdisciplinary, transsectoral research proposals for furthering design and implementation of mitigation and adaptation responses to key climate change risks for vulnerable groups. Notice of intent to apply deadline is May 2, 2023.

Featured stories and articles
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Bridging the social and natural sciences for the future of fisheries


Raymond Thomas’s large-scale, interdisciplinary research team is working with Newfoundland Indigenous and other communities to ensure a better future for fishing communities, fisheries, and the planet. Thomas, a professor of boreal ecosystems and agricultural sciences at Memorial University, is leading the international sustainability research project, funded through the New Frontiers in Research Fund’s Transformation stream. His team is applying Western and Indigenous knowledge systems to explore how marine biomass— once considered disposable byproducts—can become efficient, zero-waste, sought-after products. 

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Slavery’s impacts still linger in Canada

McGill University history professor Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey’s new book makes his research on the lasting societal impacts of slavery available to a wider audience since Dialogue’s original 2019 research story. Adjetey says slavery and racial caste have led Canada and the United States to not fully reconcile that African descendants have the right to self-determination. His SSHRC-funded doctoral research at Yale University, the basis for his book, drew attention to the “afterlife” of slavery on policies in both countries—in areas from immigration to activism to where people now live, work and go to school—to understand and address contemporary challenges. 

Photo: © Toronto Star

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