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eNewsletter of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

January 2024

In Conversation With David Dyzenhaus. Topic - The Politics of the Rule of Law

Start the new year with brilliant conversation

In Conversation With … is back for another season of wise questions and thought-provoking insights. The series of virtual public talks is a partnership between SSHRC and The Conversation Canada. The new line-up begins January 30, 1 p.m. eastern, with 2023 SSHRC Gold Medal winner and University of Toronto law professor David Dyzenhaus on the Politics of the Rule of Law. Dyzenhaus will discuss the law as a tool of resistance against discrimination and oppression, and the impact his research has had across campuses, courthouses, communities and countries.

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2024 Impact Awards nominations deadline is 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.


The latest from SSHRC and its partners

National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships

Fifty-one institutions receive funding to strengthen research security

The Government of Canada has awarded funding for Research Security to 51 Canadian postsecondary institutions, for a total investment of nearly $50 million, marking the first two allocations in five years of funding. Stemming from federal Budget 2022, and delivered through the Research Support Fund, a tri-agency program administered by SSHRC, the money supports the indirect costs of research security, to build capacity within Canadian postsecondary institutions to identify, assess and mitigate potential risks and align with the National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships. Recipients were announced as part of a broader Government of Canada announcement on efforts to safeguard Canadian research.

Horizon Europe

Canadian researchers can soon apply for European Horizons Pillar II support

At the Canada-European Union Summit in November, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced negotiations had concluded for Canada to become associated to Pillar II of Horizon Europe, the EU’s key funding program for research and innovation. Once the resulting agreement is signed in 2024, researchers and organizations in Canada will be able to receive funding under the large collaborative program part of Horizon Europe, which focuses mostly on shared global challenges, including climate, energy, digital economy and health, and has a budget of €53.5 billion (roughly C$78 billion).

Parliamentary Internship Programme taking applications for 2024-25 cohort

University and college graduates from all disciplines, who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and available to work full-time in Ottawa from September 2024 to June 2025, are invited to apply to the non-partisan, paid work-study Parliamentary Internship Programme by January 31, 2024. Interns do placements with both a government and opposition member of Parliament, attend weekly academic seminars, produce an original research paper, and tour to other legislatures in Canada and abroad.


Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

Upcoming deadlinesget your applications in now

Competitions close soon for:

2024-25 Parliamentary Internship Programme (January 31, 2024)

Connection Grants (February 1, 2024)

Insight Development Grants (February 2, 2024)

Partnership Grants—Stage 1 (February 10, 2024)

Partnership Engage Grants (March 15, 2024)

SSHRC Impact Awards (April 1, 2024)

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Research tip of the month: New Lab-to-Market funding program for institutions

SSHRC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council have launched the Lab-to-Market program to help institutions develop highly qualified personnel with research expertise, commercialization skills and entrepreneurship experience. Open to postsecondary institutions and affiliates eligible to the three agencies, the program will fund entrepreneurial, lab-to-market training for researchers and students, and support institutions in connecting existing programming.

Featured stories and articles
Research Story. Bungay.

Helping survivors of gender-based violence get usable help

With violence against girls and women rising in Canada, Vicky Bungay, Canada Research Chair in Gender, Equity and Community Engagement at The University of British Columbia, is helping street-involved women survive. Through a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant and now a Partnership Grant, the registered nurse and her research team have been unraveling systemic injustices and inequalities behind gender-based violence—and implementing a community-based outreach model to support women in precarious, dangerous situations, both immediately and in the long term. The first step, they say, is to take less of a siloed, “checklist” approach to aid. The second is earning survivors’ trust.

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Research Story. Aldersy.

But what kind of village does it take?

Like anyone, people with disabilities rely on both professionals and networks of “natural support”—the community, friends and family that help make everyone’s daily lives work. For those with disabilities, says Heather Aldersey, Canada Research Chair in Disability Inclusive Development at Queen’s University, balancing the two systems becomes all the more crucial. To tackle challenges including changing needs, coordination of care, varied and often limited access to paid services, financial strain on caregivers, and others, Aldersey and her team adapt their research questions to reflect community members’ stated needs, and actively involve community members in their participatory approach. Their aim is to develop policy solutions, including as part of a national caregiving strategy, that can ultimately help everyone who needs or gives support.

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