SSHRC Imagining Canada’s Future Ideas Lab Launch & Webinar

Program Link: www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/ideas_lab-carrefour_d-idees-eng.aspx

Sponsor: Social Science and Humanities Research Council

Description: SSHRC ’s Imagining Canada’s Future (ICF) initiative has launched the ICF Ideas Lab, an exciting new pilot funding opportunity for scholars from all disciplines who are interested in developing innovative solutions to global challenges in collaboration with others.

In the ICF Ideas Lab, researchers from across Canada will come together in a virtual workshop to address the global challenge of Living within the Earth’s Carrying Capacity with a dedicated focus on “Canada and the Circular Economy.”

At the workshop, participants will form research teams and develop ground-breaking project ideas with the potential to inform policies and programs addressing the needs of diverse sectors throughout Canada. Following the workshop, teams with the most promising project ideas will be invited to apply for funding; up to 3 grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded by March 2022, for two years.

More information about the ICF Ideas Lab can be found on the ICF webpage. An English-language webinar will be held on May 19 to answer questions about the funding opportunity; more details will be posted on the Upcoming Webinar page shortly.

SSHRC invites letters of interest from researchers wanting to participate in a virtual, interactive and interdisciplinary research design workshop taking place over two weeks at the end of October 2021.

This virtual workshop is the first stage of the Imagining Canada’s Future (ICF) Ideas Lab, a multistep funding opportunity. At this workshop, up to 30 researchers will participate in facilitated activities before organizing themselves into multidisciplinary teams to develop and pitch innovative project ideas. During the second stage of the ICF Ideas Lab, teams whose partnerships and project ideas successfully met the evaluation criteria for workshop pitches will be invited to apply for funding to further develop their projects.

Stage 1 of the ICF Ideas Lab will bring together researchers from across Canada to explore the theme of Canada and the Circular Economy, linked to the global challenge of Living Within Earth’s Carrying Capacity. By the end of the virtual workshop, participants will have developed preliminary proposals for groundbreaking research with the potential to inform policies and practices addressing the needs of diverse sectors throughout Canada, and which can also have wider global benefits.

Stage 1: Virtual workshop, Up to 30 participants
Workshop dates October 18-29, 2021
Application deadline July 16, 2021 (8 p.m. eastern)
Results announced September 2021
Stage 2: Funding opportunity

To answer questions about the funding opportunity; more details will be posted on the Upcoming Webinar page shortly.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest for the workshop

At the workshop, participants will form research teams and develop ground-breaking project ideas with the potential to inform policies and programs addressing the needs of diverse sectors throughout Canada.

Contact: If you have any questions, contact KSG-SSC@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca.