SSHRC Impact Awards

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Sponsor: Social Science and Humanities Research Council

Value: $50,000 for each of the Talent, Insight, Connection and Partnership Awards; $100,000 for the SSHRC Gold Medal

Description: SSHRC Impact Awards are designed to build on and sustain Canada’s research-based knowledge culture in all research areas of the social sciences and humanities. The awards recognize outstanding researchers and celebrate their research achievements, research training, knowledge mobilization, and outreach activities funded partially or entirely by SSHRC.

Recipients are to use award funds for activities that promote and further develop the work being honoured. In recognition of the crucial role postsecondary institutions play in mobilizing research knowledge, at least 10% of each award must be used to promote the recipient’s research achievements. Individual recipients and their institutions may choose to devote additional funds, including a higher percentage of the award funds, to these activities.

A multidisciplinary jury made up of distinguished individuals from academia, as well as the private, not-for-profit and public sectors, from Canada and abroad, will select award recipients according to the selection criteria associated with each of the five awards.

Before announcing the names of the award winners and finalists, SSHRC will share competition results on the Grants and Scholarships Administrative Portal.

Eligible institutions are invited to put forward nominations for the:

• Gold Medal ($100,000)
• Talent Award ($50,000)
• Insight Award ($50,000)
• Connection Award ($50,000)
• Partnership Award ($50,000)

Eligibility and Nomination Process

Nominees and nominators should review fully the nomination guidelines available on SSHRC Impact Awards web page. Criteria vary for each award. Note that it is institutions that nominate candidates and thus UBC has set an internal deadline to review and select potential nominees.

At the date of this posting the UBC internal deadline is to be determined, but in 2020 it was February 5.

Institutions nominate candidates and thus UBC has set an internal deadline to review and select potential nominees.

Deadline for institutions to submit nomination dossiers to SSHRC

Contact: If you have any questions, contact Robert Olaj.