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Research Fields TEST Social Sciences and Humanities
Categories Social Sciences and Humanities
Citizenship Canadian or Permanent Resident
Eligibility 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.

Award funds are to be used for activities that promote and further develop the work being honoured. In recognition of the crucial role that postsecondary institutions play as researchers’ knowledge mobilization partners, at least 10 per cent 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 listed below.

Prior to announcing the award winners, SSHRC will disclose the names of the finalists for all awards but the Gold Medal. Nominees must, as part of the nomination package, consent to SSHRC using their name and nomination information in related promotional activities.

Eligible institutions are invited to put forward nominations for the:
  • Gold Medal ($100,000) - The Gold Medal is SSHRC’s highest research honour. It is awarded to an individual whose sustained leadership, dedication and originality of thought have inspired students and colleagues alike;

  • Talent Award ($50,000) - The Talent Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual who, on April 1, 2019, holds a SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship. This includes, but is not limited to, a Canada Graduate Scholarship, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship or Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship;

  • Insight Award ($50,000) - The Insight Award recognizes outstanding achievement arising from a single or multiple research projects funded partially or completely by SSHRC. It is given to an individual or a team of six people maximum (including the nominee) whose project or projects have significantly contributed to knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world. The research outcomes must have led to demonstrable impact within the nominee’s fields of research and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community;

  • Connection Award ($50,000) - The Connection Award recognizes an outstanding SSHRC-funded initiative to facilitate the flow and exchange of research knowledge within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community. It is given to an individual or team whose project has engaged the campus and/or wider community, and has generated intellectual, cultural, social and/or economic impacts; and

  • Partnership Award ($50,000) - The Partnership Award recognizes a SSHRC funded formal partnership for its outstanding achievement in advancing research, research training or knowledge mobilization, or developing a new partnership approach to research and/or related activities. It is awarded to a formal partnership that, through mutual co-operation and shared intellectual leadership and resources, has demonstrated impact and influence within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community.

  • Nomination Process:
    Eligible institutions are invited to put forward nominations for all SSHRC Impact Award categories. Each institution may submit only one nomination for each award in a given year, for a maximum of five SSHRC Impact Award nominations. Institutions must provide the name and co-ordinates of a contact person to whom all inquiries and correspondence, including results, will be sent.


    A nominee must:
  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada at the time of nomination;
  • be an active social sciences and humanities researcher or student;
  • hold or have held SSHRC funding pertinent to the award category;
  • be in good standing with SSHRC;
  • be affiliated with an eligible institution; and
  • if the recipient of an award, maintain affiliation with an eligible institution for the duration of the award.

  • Nominees:
  • cannot nominate themselves;
  • can be nominated in two sequential years for the same award, following which two years must pass before they can next be nominated in the same category;
  • can be nominated in only one category in any year; and
  • can be nominated in a subsequent year for a different SSHRC Impact Award.
  • Value There are 5 awards, all valued from $50,000 to $100,000, listed in "Eligibility".
    Currency Canadian
    Tenable at At the University of Manitoba. See list of applicable universities here: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/about-au_sujet/policies-politiques/statements-enonces/list_eligible_institutions-liste_etablissements-admissibles-eng.aspx
    Deadlines April 1
    Application Details For more information on the details of the SSHRC Impact Awards, please visit this website: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/impact_awards-prix_impacts-eng.aspx

    Updated: December 11, 2018

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