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eNewsletter of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

January 2023

Watch the 2022 Impact Awards ceremony

The latest from SSHRC and its partners

Tri-Agency presidents -- Dr. Michael Strong -- Alejandro Adem -- Ted Hewitt

New year, new CRCC chair, vice-chair

SSHRC President Ted Hewitt became Canada Research Coordinating Committee chair as of January 1, 2023, taking over from outgoing chair Alejandro Adem, president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. The chair position rotates annually among the presidents of the three federal research funding agencies. As part of the rotation, Michael Strong, president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is vice-chair for 2023.

Federal research funding presidents say research support must be innovative to tackle global issues

SSHRC was at the Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) in November. The presidents of the three federal research funding agencies and the Canada Foundation for Innovation took the opportunity to pen an op-ed together for the CSPC magazine, on the need for innovation and collaboration in funding research that responds to vast, evolving, complex issues like climate change and global health challenges. The issue also has an editorial by NSERC president Alejandro Adem on the release of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee’s 2021-22 progress report, Moving Forward.

Emerging Asocial Society forum

SSHRC and Employment and Social Development Canada cohosted a national virtual forum in November on the emerging asocial society, one of 16 global challenges identified through SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative. Four days of panels brought policy-makers and representatives from across sectors together with researchers from 25 universities to discuss research and potential responses to what has been dubbed the “loneliness pandemic. Topics ranged from education, employment, and isolation and youth, to socialization and belonging, health and aging, and housing and community. Evidence briefs from related Knowledge Synthesis Grants projects will be available through SSHRC’s website this spring.

Tri-agency grants management solution update

Microsoft Power Platform has been selected as the platform to support the tri-agency grants management solution (TGMS). The agencies have launched a request for proposals to select a vendor to help configure the solution. Read the update from TGMS Vice-President Adrian Mota and what the team has learned from engagement activities.

Knowledge Shapes Policy: Read the evidence briefs linked to Knowledge Synthesis Grants on the themes of Mobility and Public Transit, Skills and Work in the Digital Economy, and Living Within the Earth's Carrying Capacity.
Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

Upcoming deadlinesget your applications in now

Competitions close soon for:

Storytellers Challenge (January 30, 2023)

Connection Grants (February 1, 2023)

Insight Development Grants (February 2, 2023)

Partnership Grants—Stage 1 (February 10, 2023)

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

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Research tip of the month: New 2021 Census data now available

Did you know, Canada has a larger share of college and university graduates than any other country in the G7? Discover new data insights from the 2021 Census of Population, on education; the workforce and languages of work; commuting; instruction in regions’ official minority language; and much more. 

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A more equitable education experience for all our youngest learners


A Partnership Engage Grant is helping Toronto Metropolitan University Professor Sejal Patel connect the very youngest students to better opportunities and fairer learning experiences. The early childhood education researcher draws from her own lived experience to help build strong family-school community partnerships. She says ensuring inclusive and equitable early childhood education depends on creating welcoming physical and social school environments, fostering a culture of care and trust, and encouraging parent leadership and advocacy. And key to making those happen are collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Photo: Sejal Patel

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Stay tuned for more research conversations

Watch for the forthcoming second season of SSHRC’s In Conversation With virtual public talks with leading social sciences and humanities scholars. Organized and hosted in partnership with The Conversation Canada, the series will once again feature the winners of the most recent Impact Awards. The 2023 series of talks, open to the public and available in English and French, will kick off soon and take place through the spring.

The Conversation

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. The 25 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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