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eNewsletter of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

May 2024


Congratulations to this year’s Final Five Storytellers! Selected from among the top finalists, this year’s winners were announced May 6 following the Storytellers Showcase. The Five reflect peak skills in mobilizing social sciences and humanities research knowledge by showing how SSHRC-funded research is advancing knowledge and improving lives.

SSHRC At Congress 2024, MCGill University

SSHRC Lounge: Relax. Reflect. Recharge.

Ongoing, June 14–20, between Registration and Expo

Student and Postdoc Drop-in at SSHRC Lounge

2–4 p.m. daily, SSHRC Lounge

Big Thinking Panel: Sustaining Nature

12:15 p.m., June 17, Room 132, Leacock Building

Tri-Agency Talent Strategy: Student and Postdoc Info Session

10:30 a.m., June 18, 2nd floor, McLelland Library

Register Now


The latest from SSHRC and its partners

Outage planned for SSHRC websites, some systems over Canada Day weekend

SSHRC’s corporate websites and several of its funding portals and applications will be temporarily unavailable from 4 p.m. (eastern) Friday, June 28, 2024, to 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2024. The outage is part of moving SSHRC and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s data centre. See the full list of systems that will be unavailable. Any impacts on SSHRC applications and activities have been considered in this year’s opportunity deadlines.

Have your say on the role of generative AI in research proposals

The deadline to submit your feedback on the use of generative AI in the development and review of research proposals is June 14. The tri-agency is asking for your input in response to the draft guidance provided by an ad hoc panel of external experts.

Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Systemic Ableism publishes report

The external committee launched in 2022 to analyze how SSHRC could do better when it comes to accessibility in its policies and programs has issued its report. Analysis of barriers and recommendations developed in consultation with the Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Systemic Ableism provides insights that will help the agency improve accessibility both internally and externally. A previous version of the report already guided development of the SSHRC Accessibility Plan.

Nineteen projects receive Stage 2 biomedical research and biosciences infrastructure funding

On May 6, the Honourable Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry; and the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced nearly $574 million in funding will support 19 projects at 14 research institutions across the country. The funding is awarded through Stage 2 of the integrated Canada Biomedical Research Fund and Biosciences Research Infrastructure Fund competition. The projects will help ensure access to made-in-Canada vaccines, therapeutics and other life-saving medicines; and help develop science-based public policies to prepare for future pandemics.


Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

Upcoming deadlinesget your applications in now

Competitions close soon for:

Partnership Engage Grants (New Deadline! May 22, 2024)

Research Support Fund (May 22, 2024)

Canada Graduate Scholarships—Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (June 10, 2024)

Global Centers (June 11, 2024)

Connection Grants (New Deadline! June 20, 2024)

New Frontiers in Research Fund 2024 Exploration competition (notice of intent: August 27, 2024)

New Frontiers in Research Fund 2024 Transformation competition (full application: September 5, 2024)

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships (September 13, 2024)

Partnership Engage Grants (September 15, 2024)

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Funding tip of the month: Cut a new edge in combined research, through Exploration

The New Frontiers in Research Fund’s 2024 Exploration competition is open. Supporting high-risk, high-reward, interdisciplinary research, it seeks projects that bring disciplines together in new ways, by teams able to explore something new that might fail but could have significant impact. Notices of intent due August 27, 2024. Full applications due November 5, 2024.

Featured stories and articles

Homelessness researcher says policies prioritizing prevention could halt crisis

Homelessness is on the rise in Canada, having leapt some 20% by 2022. York University Faculty of Education professor and homelessness expert Stephen Gaetz recently talked with SSHRC about his and his team’s research into preventing and solving homelessness. Who ends up homeless remains heavily skewed toward already equity-starved populations, and housing solutions have been hampered by changing priorities in the private sector, low wages and population increases. Gaetz says the way out requires making homelessness prevention a top, universal priority, then baking solutions into every kind of policy. And the first step toward that is building knowledge—something Gaetz and his team hope their new framework tool can help with.

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Syntheses describe impacts of isolation, suggest solutions across sectors

Evidence briefs resulting from SSHRC-funded Emerging Asocial Society Knowledge Synthesis Grants are painting a picture of a fragmented society that leaves some of our most vulnerable behind. But the reports also paint a picture of caring, cohesion and a wealth of opportunities to help those who need it most, from students to the elderly, and those facing violence to those being radicalized. Researchers also looked at how libraries, community organizations, schools, workplaces and many other institutions are affecting the lonely and isolated, and what more they can do to help.

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