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Table of Contents

General Information

Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities

Additional Information



General Information

Background

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the federal agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Through its programs and policies, SSHRC develops talented leaders; enables the highest levels of research excellence in Canada; and facilitates knowledge-sharing and collaboration across research disciplines, postsecondary institutions and all sectors of society.

SSHRC is an agency that reports to Parliament through the minister of Science. It was created through an act of Parliament in 1977 and mandated to:

  • promote and assist research and scholarship in the social sciences and humanities; and
  • advise the minister in respect of such matters relating to such research as the minister may refer to the council for its consideration.

SSHRC’s enabling legislation is the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Act.

To fulfil its mandate, SSHRC pursues activities in two core responsibilities supported by the following departmental results:

  1. Funding social sciences and humanities research and training:
    • Canada’s social sciences and humanities research is internationally competitive;
    • Canada has a pool of highly skilled people in the social sciences and humanities;
    • Canada’s social sciences humanities research knowledge is used; and
  2. Institutional support for the indirect costs of research;
    • Canada’s university and college research environments are strong.

Responsibilities

SSHRC-supported research in the social sciences and humanities enhances our understanding of modern social, cultural, technological, environmental, economic and wellness issues. It raises profound questions about who we are as human beings, what we need in order to thrive in complex and challenging times, and where we are headed in the new millennium.

The work that SSHRC supports encourages the deepest levels of inquiry. It spurs innovative researchers to learn from one another’s disciplines, delve into multiparty collaborations and achieve common goals for the betterment of Canadian society. Research outcomes are shared with communities, businesses and governments, who use this new knowledge to innovate and improve people’s lives. SSHRC’s website provides additional information on SSHRC's responsibilities and strategic outcomes.

SSHRC offers funding opportunities that provide support to Canadian researchers and students through grants, scholarships and fellowships, respecting the terms of the federal Policy on Transfer Payments. SSHRC is also responsible for administering the tri-agency institutional programs offered jointly with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The programs provide grants to institutions in support of institutional capacity for research excellence:

  • Canada Research Chairs Program;
  • Canada First Research Excellence Fund;
  • Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program;
  • Canada 150 Research Chairs Program; and
  • Research Support Fund (formerly Indirect Costs Program).

Refer to the NSERC and CIHR Info Source chapters for more information relating to these agencies, and learn more about collaboration among the federal research funding organizations at www.science.gc.ca.


Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities

Talent: attraction, retention and development of students and researchers in the social sciences and humanities

The Talent program provides support to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the form of fellowships and to research chairs in postsecondary institutions to cover salary and research funding. This program is necessary in order to attract, retain and develop talent in the social sciences and humanities, to cultivate leaders within academia and across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and to build centres of world class research excellence at Canadian postsecondary institutions. The program brands Canada as a top destination for research and research training

Canada Research Chairs

This program provides support to research chairs in the form of salary and research funding to attract and retain talent in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health. National and international researchers can be chairholders. This program is necessary in order to strengthen research excellence, improve research training of highly qualified personnel, improve universities’ capacity to generate and apply new knowledge and promote the best possible use of research resources through strategic institutional planning and collaboration among institutions and between sectors. The Canada Research Chairs Program is a tri-agency initiative of SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR, and is administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, which is housed within SSHRC.

Canada Research Chairs Class of Record

Description: Includes records related to an institution’s recruitment process and nomination, submitted by postsecondary institutions, and to the assessment of research chair nominees and/or institutional plans. Records include information related to the description, development, planning, administration, evaluation and monitoring of the Canada Research Chairs Program.

Document Types: Nomination forms and procedures; annual reports on use of funds; budgets; briefings and proposals; financial administration forms; statistical reports on nomination results; annual report forms; surveys (including self-identification form).

Record Number: SSHRC CHA 001

Canada First Research Excellence Fund

This program helps Canadian universities, colleges and polytechnics compete with the best in the world for talent and partnership opportunities, to make breakthrough discoveries; seize emerging opportunities and strategically advance their greatest strengths on the global stage; and implement large-scale, transformational and forward-thinking institutional strategies. The program is a tri-agency initiative of SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR, and is administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat.

Canada First Research Excellence Fund Class of Record

Description: Includes records related to an institution’s recruitment process and nomination, submitted by postsecondary institutions, and to the assessment of research chair nominees and/or institutional plans. Records include information related to the description, development, planning, administration, evaluation and monitoring of the Canada First Research Excellence Fund

Document Types: Nomination forms and procedures; annual reports on uses of funds; budgets; briefings and proposals; financial administration forms; statistical reports on nomination results; annual report forms; surveys (including self-identification form).

Record Number: SSHRC CHA 002

Canada Excellence Research Chairs

This program supports Canadian universities in their efforts to build on Canada’s growing reputation as a global leader in research and innovation. The program awards world-renowned researchers and their teams, to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. The awards are among the most prestigious and generous available globally. The program is a tri-agency initiative of SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR, and is administered by SSHRC’s Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat.

Canada Excellence Research Chairs Class of Record

Description: Includes records related to an institution’s recruitment process and nomination, submitted by postsecondary institutions, and to the assessment of research chair nominees and/or institutional plans. Records include information related to the description, development, planning, administration, evaluation and monitoring of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program.

Document Types: Nomination forms and procedures; annual reports on usage of funds; budgets; briefings and proposals; financial administration forms; statistical reports on nomination results; annual report forms; surveys (including self-identification form).

Record Number: SSHRC CHA 003

Canada 150 Research Chairs

This one-time program provides support to researchers who were internationally based at the time of application. Awards are in the form of salary and research funding to attract and retain talent in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health. The program was created to allow postsecondary institutions to recruit world-class talent outside of existing chairs programs, through federal funding available for the establishment of research chairs. The program is a tri-agency initiative of SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR, and is administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat.

Canada 150 Research Chairs Class of Record

Description: Includes records related to an institution’s recruitment process and nomination, submitted by postsecondary institutions, and to the assessment of research chair nominees and/or institutional plans. Records include information related to the description, development, planning, administration, evaluation and monitoring of the Canada 150 Research Chairs Program.

Document Types: Nomination forms and procedures; annual reports on use of funds; budgets; briefings and proposals; financial administration forms; statistical reports on nomination results; annual report forms; surveys (including self-identification form).

Record Number: SSHRC CHA 004


Canada Graduate Scholarships

This program provides scholarships to Canadian master’s and doctoral students in the social sciences and humanities who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in their undergraduate and graduate studies. The program is necessary in order that graduate students develop the research skills needed to become highly qualified personnel and research leaders of the future.

Canada Graduate Scholarships Class of Record

Description: Includes records related to the administration of Canada Graduate Scholarships, which provide funding to carry out studies leading to a master’s degree or a doctoral degree. Records include information related to the description, development, planning, administration and ongoing evolution of the program.

Document Types: Application and financial administration forms, and procedures; eligibility criteria; terms and conditions of funding opportunities; business processes; proposed plans of study; reviewer and recipient templates; briefing notes and memoranda; final reports on research activities; financial administration forms; statistical and competition reports.

Record Number: SSHRC FEL 220

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program is a tri-agency program designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by offering them a significant financial award. This award helps students during their studies at Canadian universities. Vanier scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields. This program is administered by CIHR on behalf of CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Class of Record

Description: Includes records related to the administration of Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, which provide funding to doctoral students in Canada and abroad. Records include information related to the description, development, planning, administration and ongoing evolution of the program.

Document Types: Applications forms and procedures; eligibility criteria; terms and conditions of funding opportunities; business processes; proposed plans of study; reviewer and recipient templates; briefing notes and memoranda; final reports on research activities; financial administration forms; statistical and competition reports.

Record Number: SSHRC VGS 220


Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

This program provides fellowships to top-tier postdoctoral researchers in the social sciences and humanities from Canada and around the world, enabling them to pursue research opportunities at Canadian postsecondary institutions. A limited number of fellowships are also awarded to top-ranking individuals who have completed a PhD in Canada to pursue research opportunities at foreign institutions.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Class of Record

Description: Includes records related to the administration of Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, which provide funding to top-tier postdoctoral researchers in Canada and abroad. Records include information related to the description, development, planning, administration and ongoing evolution of the program.

Document Types: Application forms and procedures; eligibility criteria; terms and conditions of funding opportunities; business processes; proposed plans of study; reviewer and recipient templates; briefing notes and memoranda; final reports on research activities; financial administration forms; statistical and competition reports.

Record Number: SSHRC BPF 220


SSHRC Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships

This program provides fellowships to doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers with a demonstrated record of achievement in their studies and research skills. This program is necessary to support the training of highly qualified personnel, develop and retain the best and most promising research talent in the social sciences and humanities, and expand the research qualifications of emerging scholars of the highest potential at an important time in their research careers.

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships Class of Record

Description: Includes records related to the administration of SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships, which provide funding to doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers with a demonstrated record of achievement in their studies and research. Records include information related to the description, development, planning, administration and ongoing evolution of the program.

Document Types: Application forms and procedures; eligibility criteria; terms and conditions of funding opportunities; business processes; proposed plans of study; reviewer and recipient templates; briefing notes and memoranda; final reports on research activities; financial administration forms; statistical and competition reports.

Record Number: SSHRC SHF 220


Insight: new knowledge in the social sciences and humanities

The Insight program provides grants to support research in the social sciences and humanities conducted by scholars and researchers working as individuals, in teams, and in formal partnerships among the academic, public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors and to support the building of institutional research capacity. This program is necessary to build knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world, as well as to inform the search for solutions to societal challenges. The objectives of the program are to build knowledge and understanding from disciplinary, interdisciplinary and/or cross-sector perspectives; support new approaches to research on complex and important topics; provide a high-quality research training experience for students; mobilize research knowledge to and from academic and non-academic audiences; and build institutional research capacity. Research supported by the program has the potential to lead to intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit and impact, as well as to increased institutional research capacity. International research initiatives that offer outstanding opportunities to advance Canadian research are encouraged. Partnerships can include both Canadian and international partners.

Individual, Team and Partnership Research Grants

This program provides grants to support research in the social sciences and humanities conducted by scholars and researchers working as individuals, in teams, and in formal partnerships, including international initiatives. This program is necessary to build knowledge and understanding and develop new research questions from disciplinary, interdisciplinary and/or cross-sector perspectives. It supports initial-stage research, experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas, research on complex and important topics, including those that transcend the capacity of any one scholar or institution, and ongoing collaboration and mutual learning. The program leverages external funding through collaborative partnerships.

Research Funding Opportunities Class of Record

Description: Includes records related to the administration of current and completed programs supporting investigator-chosen research conducted by individuals and small teams. Current opportunities include: Access to Research Data Centres, Automotive Partnership Canada, College and Community Innovation Program, Digging into Data Challenge, Kanishka Project, Insight Grants, Insight Development Grants, Partnership Development Grants, Partnership Grants, Partnership Grants (International Partnerships for Sustainable Societies), and Sport Participation Research Initiative. Opportunities recently concluded include: Aboriginal Research Grants, Canadian Initiative on Social Statistics, Community-University Research Alliances, Major Collaborative Research Initiatives, Research-Creation in Fine Arts, and Standard Research Grants. Records include information on the description, development, planning, administration and ongoing evolution of the program.

Document Types: Application forms and procedures; eligibility criteria; terms and conditions of funding opportunities; business processes; project proposals; training plans; reviewer and recipient templates; evaluation reports; final research reports or achievement reports (as applicable), reports on the use of grant funds; financial administration forms; briefing notes and memoranda; project charters.

Record Number: SSHRC INS 010


Institutional Research Capacity Grants

This program provides grants to Canadian postsecondary institutions for the development of research capacity in the social sciences and humanities. This program is intended to increase research excellence and strengthen research capacity by covering expenses that include the start-up costs of research centres, support for visiting scholars (travel and stipend), help for emerging scholars to become competitive in national-level grants competition and support for national and international dissemination and collaboration.

Institutional Research Capacity Funding Opportunities Class of Record

Description: Includes records related to the administration of a program to help Canadian universities develop their research capacity. Current opportunities include: Aid to Small Universities, College and Community Innovation, Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges, and SSHRC Institutional Grants. Records relate to the description, development, planning, administration and ongoing evolution of the program.

Document Types: Application procedures and eligibility criteria; terms and conditions of funding opportunities; business processes; project plans; budgets; reports on the use of grant funds; briefing notes and memoranda; financial administration forms; statistical and competition reports.

Record Number: SSHRC RES 090

Connection: mobilization of social sciences and humanities knowledge

The Connection program provides funding (grants and operational) to support the multidirectional flow, exchange and co-creation of knowledge in the social sciences and humanities among researchers and diverse groups of policy-makers, business leaders, community groups, educators and the media working as individuals, in teams, in formal partnerships and in networks. This program is necessary to help stimulate leading-edge, internationally competitive research in areas critical to Canada, build multisectoral partnerships, and accelerate the use of multidisciplinary research results by organizations that can harness them for Canadian economic and social development. The program increases the availability and use of social sciences and humanities research knowledge among academic and non-academic audiences; supports the building of reciprocal relationships, networks and tools designed to facilitate scholarly work; and makes such networks and tools more accessible to non-academic audiences. The funding opportunities offered in this program are intended to complement activities funded through the Talent and Insight programs.

Individual, Team and Partnerships Knowledge Mobilization Grants

This program provides grants to support the knowledge mobilization activities of scholars and researchers working as individuals, in teams, and in formal partnerships with the academic, public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors. This program is necessary to build links between the social sciences and humanities research community and potential users of research to maximize the impact of research beyond academia, and allow for fruitful exchanges and the multidirectional flow of knowledge, foster an entrepreneurial spirit. Funding opportunities support the dissemination of research results via publications of various types such as scholarly journals and books; the organization of events for researchers to meet, discuss, compare and plan research activities; and the co-creation, synthesis and application of research knowledge. The program leverages external funding through collaborative knowledge partnerships.

Aid to Scholarly Publications Class of Record

Description: Information on the administration, by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, of a program providing partial assistance to publishers for the publication of works of advanced scholarship. The information consists of briefing materials on policies, procedures and activities relating to the administration of the program.

Document Types: Memoranda and briefing notes.

Record Number: SSHRC IDR 145

Aid to Scholarly Journals Class of Record

Description: Information on the administration of a program that provides grants that help defray production and administration costs of open-access, peer-reviewed journals published online and made available without charge. Specifically, the information consists of descriptions of journal content and audience; organizational structures and plans of scholarly journals; subscription information; budgets; reports on the use of granted funds; feedback from review committees on proposals; competition results; briefings and proposals pertaining to the development, administration and ongoing evolution of the program; and information for the public on program descriptions, eligibility criteria and application procedures.

Document Types: Applications; final research reports; briefing notes; memoranda; application data entered into SSHRC’s Awards Management Information System; competition results; statistical reports.

Record Number: SSHRC IDR 125

Funding Opportunities for Knowledge Mobilization Class of Record

Description: Information on the administration of current and completed programs designed to strengthen connections among researchers, and between researchers and research users, nationally and internationally. Specifically, the information focuses on descriptions of proposed activities and their participants; proposed budgets; plans for student involvement; the use of granted funds; competition results; briefings and proposals pertaining to the development, administration and ongoing evolution of the program; and information for the public on the descriptions of opportunities, eligibility criteria and application procedures. Current and recently concluded opportunities include: Connection Grants, Public Outreach Grants, Strategic Knowledge Clusters, Partnership Grants, Partnership Development Grants, and Presidential Fund for Innovation and Development.

Document Types: Knowledge mobilization strategic framework; knowledge mobilization experts inventory; application procedures and eligibility criteria; terms and conditions of funding opportunities; business processes; concept papers; action plans; presentations; background papers; notes of meetings; administrative documents related to special events; applications; final research reports; briefing notes; memoranda; financial administration forms.

Record Number: SSHRC KMB 010

Grants and Awards Management Personal Information Bank

Knowledge Mobilization Class of Record

Description: Information on the operation and activities of recently concluded programs related to knowledge mobilization, which funded activities designed to strengthen connections among researchers and between researchers and research users, nationally and internationally.

Document Types: Knowledge mobilization strategic framework; knowledge mobilization experts inventory; concept papers; action plans; presentations; background papers; notes of meetings; administrative documents related to special events; applications; final research reports; briefing notes; memoranda; financial administration forms.

Record Number: SSHRC KMB 001

Impact Awards and Other Prizes

This program provides support to social sciences and humanities researchers, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and institutions in the form of awards/supplements and operations and maintenance funds. This program is necessary to develop and sustain a research-based knowledge culture in the social sciences and humanities by honouring and bringing recognition to researchers, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows whose originality and outstanding contribution to research have enriched Canadian society, by supporting brokering activities aimed at building capacity in other sectors to engage in social sciences and humanities research activities, and by promoting the use of research knowledge to the benefit of Canadian society.

Impact Awards Class of Record

Description: Information on SSHRC’s role in the administration of Impact Awards to recognize achievements in research and scholarship in the social sciences and humanities. The information consists primarily of: information for the public on award descriptions, eligibility criteria, application and/or nomination procedures and selection processes; selection committee administration; briefings and memoranda pertaining to the development, administration and ongoing evolution of the suite of awards.

Document Types: Nomination and/or application forms; briefing notes; memoranda; final reports. application procedures and eligibility criteria; terms and conditions of funding opportunities; business processes; financial administration forms.

Record Number: SSHRC FEL 030

Other Prizes Class of Record

Description: Includes records. not captured by other classes of record descriptions, related to the administration of SSHRC fellowships, summer programs, awards and internship programs. The information consists primarily of descriptions of proposed plans of study; briefings and proposals pertaining to the development and ongoing evolution of the program; information on the selection process for these opportunities; and information for the public on program descriptions and eligibility criteria.

Document Types: Briefing notes and memoranda; application/nomination procedures and eligibility criteria; terms and conditions of funding opportunities; business processes; financial administration forms; selection process results; statistical reports.

Record Number: SSHRC FEL 241

Connection Class of Record

Description: Information on the operations of a program that awards funds to support the annual Congress of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Document Types: Briefing notes; memoranda; financial administration forms.

Record Number: SSHRC CON 010

Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research

The Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research program bridges the challenging gap between innovation and commercialization. The program matches clusters of research expertise with the business community to share the knowledge and resources that bring innovations to the market faster. Centres advance research and facilitate commercialization within four priority areas: the environment; natural resources and energy; health and life sciences; and information and communications technologies. This program is administered by NSERC on behalf of CIHR, SSHRC and NSERC.

Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research Class of Record

Information on SSHRC’s participation in the administration of the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research. The information focuses on descriptions of proposed network activities; network participants and partners; proposed budgets; the use of awarded funds; competition results; the monitoring and support of funded networks; and briefings and memoranda pertaining to the development, administration and ongoing evolution of the program.

Document Types: Financial and narrative reports; briefing notes; memoranda; financial administration forms; competition results; statistical reports.

Record Number: SSHRC CEC 010

Networks of Centres of Excellence

This program supports large-scale, academically led research networks that harness the creativity and inventiveness of Canadian health, natural and social scientists, and engineers. Partners from industry, government and not-for-profit organizations contribute additional expertise and bring cash and in-kind support. This program is a tri-agency program administered by NSERC on behalf of CIHR, SSHRC and NSERC.

Networks of Centres of Excellence Class of Record

Description: Information on SSHRC’s participation in the administration of the Networks of Centres of Excellence program and the Business-led Networks of Centres of Excellence. The information focuses on descriptions of proposed network activities; network participants and partners; proposed budgets; the use of awarded funds; competition results; the monitoring and support of funded networks; and briefings and memoranda pertaining to the development, administration and ongoing evolution of the program.

Document Types: Financial and narrative reports; briefing notes; memoranda; financial administration forms; competition results; statistical reports.

Record Number: SSHRC NCE 010


Research Support Fund (formerly Indirect Costs Program)

The Research Support Fund (formerly Indirect Costs Program) provides support to postsecondary institutions in the form of grants in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health. This program builds institutional capacity by offsetting the central and departmental administrative costs, attributable to specific research projects, that institutions incur in supporting research.

Research Support Fund Class of Record

Description: Information on the submission of annual requests by eligible institutions for an indirect costs grant. The grant covers costs that underpin an institution’s research activities, but that are not attributable to a single research project. These include the costs associated with maintaining research space, running libraries, maintaining an information technology infrastructure, administering research, meeting regulatory requirements, and managing intellectual property and knowledge transfer.

Document Types: Treasury Board submissions; lists of eligible institutions; schedule of payments; request forms; outcomes report forms; statement of account forms; reports to the Minister; financial reporting and monitoring procedures; minutes of meetings.

Record Number: SSHRC ICP 010


Internal Services

Internal services constitute groups of related activities and resources administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: management and oversight services, communications services, legal services, human resources management services, financial management services, information management services, information technology services, real property services, materiel services, acquisition services, and travel and other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization, and not those provided specifically to a program.

Acquisition Services

Acquisition services involve activities undertaken to acquire a good or service to fulfill a properly completed request (including a complete and accurate definition of requirements and certification that funds are available) until entering into or amending a contract.

Communications Services

Communications services involve activities undertaken to ensure that Government of Canada communications are effectively managed, well coordinated and responsive to the diverse information needs of the public. The communications management function ensures that the public—internal or external—receives government information, and that the views and concerns of the public are taken into account in the planning, management and evaluation of policies, programs, services and initiatives.

Financial Management Services

Financial management services involve activities undertaken to ensure the prudent use of public resources, including planning, budgeting, accounting, reporting, control and oversight, analysis, decision support and advice, and financial systems.

Human Resources Management Services

Human resources management services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, allocating resources among services and processes, as well as activities relating to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies and plans.

Information Management Services

Information management services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective information management to support program and service delivery; foster informed decision-making; facilitate accountability, transparency and collaboration; and preserve and ensure access to information and records for the benefit of present and future generations.

Information Technology Services

Information technology services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective use of information technology to support government priorities and program delivery, to increase productivity, and to enhance services to the public.

Legal Services Class of Record

Legal services involve activities undertaken to enable government departments and agencies to pursue policy, program and service delivery priorities and objectives within a legally sound framework.

Management and Oversight Services

Management and oversight services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction and allocating resources among services and processes, as well as those activities related to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies or plans.

Materiel Services

Materiel services involve activities undertaken to ensure that materiel can be managed by departments in a sustainable and financially responsible manner that supports the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

Real Property Services

Real property services involve activities undertaken to ensure that real property is managed in a sustainable and financially responsible manner, throughout its life cycle, to support the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

Travel and Other Administrative Services

Travel and other administrative services include Government of Canada travel services, as well as those other internal services that do not smoothly fit with any of the internal services categories.

Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research, Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics, and the Interagency Advisory Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research Class of Record

Description: Records pertaining to SSHRC’s role in the administration and operations of the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics, the Interagency Advisory Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research and the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research (formerly the Secretariat on Research Ethics), which include records related to allegations filed under the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research and involving research funded by SSHRC. Records also include applications for funding submitted by postsecondary institutions and not-for-profit organizations carrying out research and outreach activities pertaining to research involving human participants.

Document Types: Correspondence, institutional reports, applications; final research reports; briefing notes; memoranda; policy reports; training materials; data from applications and financial administration forms entered into SSHRC’s Awards Management Information System.

Record Number: SSHRC PRE 010


Classes of Personal Information

Administration Files

The general administrative and correspondence files of SSHRC contain a certain amount of personal information not arranged or retrievable by personal identifiers. Such personal information includes suggestions and opinions from the general public, which form part of a specific subject file. This form of personal information is normally retrievable only if specifics of name, date of communication and subject are provided. The retention periods for this class of personal information are controlled by the retention schedules of the files in which they are stored.

Reports and Surveys

For purposes of program planning and evaluation, SSHRC requires a variety of reports concerning aspects of social sciences and humanities research in Canada. The reports themselves, published or unpublished, do not contain personal information about individuals. In the process of preparing such reports, personal information is necessarily obtained. This information may include current academic position, professional qualifications of individuals, nature of research being undertaken by individuals, and present and past funding of an individual’s research. This is not arranged or retrievable by personal identifiers. This form of personal information is normally retrievable only if specifics are provided concerning the study or report involved. The retention periods for this class of personal information are controlled by the retention schedules of the files in which they are stored.


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Additional Information

The Government of Canada encourages the release of information informally through requests outside of the ATIP Process. You may wish to consult SSHRC’s completed Access to Information (ATI) summaries. Informal requests may be submitted to the attention of SSHRC’s ATIP Coordinator.

To submit a formal request for access to records pursuant to either the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act, please contact the ATIP Office. Further information on formal request procedures at SSHRC may be found here.

For general information about SSHRC’s programs and activities, please contact:

General Inquiries:

Tel.: 613-992-0691
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
350 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4
Canada


Reading Room

In accordance with the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act, you may wish to review material in person. An area on the premises of SSHRC has been designated as a public reading room should an applicant wish to review materials on site. The address is:

350 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON

Additional information regarding the ATIP process at SSHRC is found here.