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eNewsletter of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

February 2024


The three federal research funding agencies have released What We Heard: A Report from the Three Federal Research Funding Agencies’ Ad Hoc Working Group on Indigenous Citizenship and Membership. The report reflects voices and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples around Indigenous citizenship and membership affirmation. The document focuses on key principles and themes emerging from a series of engagements with Indigenous researchers, academics and thought leaders, and institutional representatives, throughout spring and summer 2023. It also identifies resulting considerations and next steps toward developing a policy framework.


The latest from SSHRC and its partners

New Canada Research Coordinating Committee chair for 2024

The members of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee were pleased to welcome Alejandro Adem, president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, as the committee’s chair effective January 1, 2024. Adem previously served in 2021 and 2022 as chair, a position that cycles annually among the tri-agency heads.

In Conversation With … 

Thank you to all who attended the first In Conversation With of 2024 with us in January, with Gold Medal winner and University of Toronto law professor David Dyzenhaus. Keep an eye out for the next of these public talks hosted by SSHRC in partnership with The Conversation Canada, and watch for video recordings on our website following each event.

Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

Upcoming deadlinesget your applications in now

Competitions close soon for:

Partnership Engage Grants (March 15, 2024)

SSHRC Impact Awards (April 1, 2024)

Spring 2025 Canada Research Chairs (nomination deadline: April 16, 2024)

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Funding tip of the month: Knowledge Syntheses identify research gaps

For research inspiration, consider looking through posted Knowledge Syntheses Grants Evidence Briefs on a variety of timely topics, from gender-based violence, the digital economy, and trade relations, to best practices in environmental and impact assessments. Each brief and its full report highlight both research results and existing gaps in research in the related Future Challenge Area.

Featured stories and articles

Research-creation project explores what it means to be Black and Free

University of Waterloo associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Race, Gender and Performance Naila Keleta-Mae is also an accomplished multidisciplinary artist. Bringing her worlds together, she leads Black and Free, a SSHRC-funded research-creation project involving numerous organizations and over 30 researchers and students. Combining research, exhibition and performance, artistic production, teaching, knowledge mobilization and public engagement, Keleta-Mae’s barriers-breaking project both explores and expresses Black freedom across the arts. Her team is delving into the art of Black freedom in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, and making their own. Focusing on successes and artistic outcomes—from Beyoncé’s boardroom to school gyms, poetry books, galleries, museums and community theatre—they are exploring what a world without anti-Blackness could be.

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Social sciences and humanities integral to the futures of space, Earth and art

Social sciences and humanities researchers have been leading many large-scale, interdisciplinary projects supported through the New Frontiers in Research Fund. Coming from a broad range of fields, such as literature, education, law and political science, they and their multidisciplinary teams are opening doors to futures that are truly sustainable. Their work is leading to new, inclusive perspectives in literature and art; regenerating landscapes devastated by mining; and tackling the space debris crisis. 

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2024 Impact Awards nominations due April 1!

Eligible institutions: Recognize your outstanding social sciences and humanities researchers by nominating them for the $100,000 SSHRC Gold Medal or one of SSHRC’s four $50,000 Impact Awards by April 1.

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