eNewsletter of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

October 2023

Progress Report. Vision to action 2018-2023

Five years of research coordination

The Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) has released its first five-year progress report. Vision to Action: 2018-23 describes the progress made in the CRCC’s seven priority areas, as well as the committee’s experiences in becoming a valuable, senior strategic forumincluding during the pandemicfor both government and the research community to anticipate and address challenges and opportunities in meeting the Canadian research enterprise’s changing needs. The CRCC is mandated to advance federal research priorities and coordination of policies and programs among the three federal research funding agencies and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The report highlights initiatives the group has overseen to date to inspire and sustain an increasingly equitable, connected and innovative research enterprise in Canada.


The latest from SSHRC and its partners

2023 SSHRC Impact Awards finalists

SSHRC has announced the finalists for its 2023 Impact Awards. The winners in each category—Talent, Insight, Connection and Partnership, as well as the 2023 Gold Medal recipient—will be revealed November 23, 2023. The annual awards recognize the highest achievements by outstanding researchers and students in social sciences and humanities research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities funded by SSHRC.

IPAC 2023 - Imagining Canada's Future

Imagining Canada’s Future wins public sector award for excellence in innovation

SSHRC has received the 2023 Award in Public Administration Excellence in Innovation from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. The award recognizes the agency’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative, launched by SSHRC’s Future Challenges team in 2013. The initiative’s foresight methodologies, partnerships, knowledge mobilization and other innovations have had tremendous impact. Through stronger connections between social sciences and humanities research and broader society, Imagining Canada’s Future has helped build understanding and better inform decision-making on emerging and future challenges impacting Canada and the world.


Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

Upcoming deadlinesget your applications in now

Competitions close soon for:

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Network on Sustainable Agriculture in a Net-Zero Economy (October 20, 2023)

New Frontiers in Research Fund: Transformation competition

(notice of intent, October 24, 2023)

Partnership Grants—Stage 2 (by invitation only: October 29, 2023)

Connection Grants (November 1, 2023)

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (November 1, 2023)

Robbins-Ollivier Award for Excellence in Equity: 2023 Competition

(nomination deadline: November 7, 2023)

Open Research Area 8th Call for Proposals (November 14, 2023)

Partnership Development Grants (November 15, 2023)

Imagining Canada’s Future Ideas Lab: Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century—Stage 2 (by invitation only: November 22, 2023)

Canada Graduate Scholarships—Master’s Program (December 1, 2023)

New Frontiers in Research Fund: Exploration competition (full application, December 12, 2023)

Knowledge Synthesis Grants: Evolving Narratives of Cultures and Histories (December 14, 2023)

Partnership Engage Grants (December 15, 2023)

New Frontiers in Research Fund: Transformation competition (letter of intent, January 10, 2024)

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Research tip of the month: Funding for Black social sciences and humanities undergrads

Reminder: Black social sciences and humanities undergraduate students can apply for SSHRC Undergraduate Student Research Awards, part of federal support to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in research. Deadlines for the current and subsequent waves are set by the program’s eligible Canadian postsecondary institutions. If your institution is eligible, apply, or encourage your students to apply.

Featured stories and articles
Research Story - Paulette Steeves

Cree Métis archaeologist proves continent’s Indigenous history reaches back millennia further

Algoma University professor and archaeologist Paulette Steeves looked closely at the evidence from 169 North and South American archaeological sites. What the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous HistoryTruth and Reconciliation uncovered is upending previous, colonial histories. Steeves’ analysis places Indigenous Peoples in the western hemisphere at 40,000 to 200,000 years ago, a long way from previous estimates of around 13,000 years. Steeves, who has dedicated her career to seeking healing and reclaiming history for Indigenous Peoples, hopes her results can act as a step toward decolonization and reconciliation.

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NFRF Research STory - François Bénard

Social sciences helping focus cancer research on patients’ needs

The multidisciplinary Rare Isotopes to Transform Cancer Therapy team is applying a six-year New Frontiers in Research Fund Transformation grant to using rare radioactive isotopes to create new, extremely targeted radiopharmaceuticals. The “smart drugs” would seek and destroy cancer cells more efficiently than radiation or chemotherapy, without damaging surrounding tissue. The approach offers particular hope for those whose cancer has metastasized. Project co-lead and chemistry researcher Caterina Ramogida says the work of the team’s social scientists will help resulting treatments respond to doctors’ and patients’ needs.

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The Storytellers. Now it's your turn!

Postsecondary students!

The 11th annual Storytellers Challenge opens November 2023.

Submit audio/video/text/graphic entries up to 3 minutes or 300 words on the impacts of social sciences or humanities research for a chance to earn cash and more.

Deadline: January 16, 2024

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