eNewsletter of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

May 2023

Minister Champagne visiting research lab at CFREF Announcement April 25 2023

Canada First Research Excellence Fund announces 11 large-scale research initiatives

On April 28, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced $1.4 billion in support awarded to 11 large-scale research initiatives in strategic areas from responsible AI and decarbonization to migrant integration and child health, through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). Held every seven years, the tri-agency competition helps the selected Canadian universities become world leaders in their strongest research fields.


The latest from SSHRC and its partners

NFRF Results

New Frontiers in Research Fund announces nearly 200 game-changing research projects

On April 25, the ministers of Innovation, Science and Industry, and Health, announced over $200 million in funding to 195 interdisciplinary, international, high-risk, high-reward research projects. Awarded through the Fund’s 2022 Transformation, Special Call—Research for Postpandemic Recovery, and Exploration competitions, the funding supports research in areas from developing non-invasive cancer treatment, and point-of-use water filtration for Indigenous communities, to addressing socio-economic disparities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Accessibility Plan

SSHRC Accessibility Plan to improve access to programming and services for all

Launched this winter, the SSHRC Accessibility Plan outlines ways to make the agency and its programs and services more accessible, for both the Canadian research community and agency employees. Expanding on the Tri-Agency Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and SSHRC’s internal People Strategy, the plan aims to identify and remove barriers that hinder the participation of persons with disabilities in the research ecosystem.

Governor General's Innovation Award recipient Fanny Lafontaine

Impact Award-winning partnership wins Governor General’s Innovation Award

The winner of SSHRC’s 2022 Partnership Award, the Canadian Partnership for International Justice, has also won a 2023 Governor General’s Innovation Award. Project leader Fannie Lafontaine accepted the Innovation Award for her research team’s work gaining justice, both nationally and through the International Criminal Court, for victims of international crimes against humanity. Innovation Awards recognize truly exceptional, transformative innovation with positive impact on quality of life in Canada. 

Longitudinal Outcomes Research Grant

First research grant awarded in longitudinal affordable housing study

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, in partnership with SSHRC, has announced their first National Housing Strategy Longitudinal Outcomes Research Grant recipients. The six-year grant supports long-term outcomes research on affordable housing investments. The inaugural recipient, a partnership of 10 universities across Canada, will study outcomes of the Strategy, including socio-economic and health outcomes; climate impacts and mitigation; housing finance; housing alternatives; and Indigenous and northern housing.


Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

Upcoming deadlinesget your applications in now

Competitions close soon for:

Canada Graduate Scholarships—Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements

(June 10, 2023)

Partnership Engage Grants (June 15, 2023)

Connection Grants (August 1, 2023)

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships (September 13, 2023)

Partnership Engage Grants (September 15, 2023)

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (September 20, 2023)

Insight Grants (October 1, 2023)

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Research tip of the month: New social sciences and humanities research network on sustainable agriculture 

SSHRC and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada have launched the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Network on Sustainable Agriculture in a Net-Zero Economy. The network will bring together researchers and mobilize expertise, technology and practitioners from all sectors to enhance learning in agriculture, climate change, and the environment. Stay tuned for how the network will support knowledge mobilization and partnership research on agriculture policy impacts around net-zero, and behavioural and societal influences on agricultural practices, to help reach Canada’s environment and climate goals.

Featured stories and articles
Participants in the research project take a sunset swim. Copyright Jonathan Ventura

Indigenous Knowledge advocacy and research may save water’s future worldwide

Anishinaabe/Métis lawyer Aimée Craft, a University of Ottawa associate law professor, is exploring traditional and innovative ways to protect one of the world’s most crucial resources: our water. With funding from a New Frontiers in Research Fund Exploration grant, Craft is leading an Indigenous knowledge exchange between Canadian community leaders and researchers and their counterparts in Colombia, where water has just been granted legal personhood.

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Dr. Christopher Mushquash

Indigenous mental health and substance use researcher improves lives, wins Gairdner Award

Lakehead psychology professor Christopher Mushquash has won a 2023 Canada Gairdner Momentum Award for his Indigenous-led mental health and substance use research that leads to culturally and contextually appropriate treatment services for Indigenous communities. Anishinawbe (Ojibway) and a member of Pawgwasheeng (Pays Plat First Nation), Mushquash is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction. The annual Gairdner Awards recognize international excellence in fundamental research impacting human health.

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