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New funding for the future

SSHRC Insight and Partnership grants support ongoing research partnerships and new ideas.

Queen’s University is receiving close to $6 million in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan announced of a total of $285 million in funding for research areas including communities, economy, health, and future prosperity.

Partnership Grant includes Bader International Study Centre

Queen’s researchers are also co-applicants on a successful SSHRC Partnership Grant ($2.5 million over seven years).  The grant is held by Steven Bednarski, a professor of Medieval History at St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo, and includes Laura Cameron (Geography and Planning), Nicolas Graham (School of Computing), and Robin Harrap (Geology) of Queen’ s University.

Titled, Environments of Change: Digitizing Nature, History and Human Experience in Late Medieval Sussex, part of the project will be hosted at Queen’s Bader International Study Centre (BISC). The BISC has built a new Science Lab for the project that will act as a satellite location in the UK, where affiliated students and scholars may gather, conserve, and analyze the natural physical remains they source throughout the south of England.

“The social sciences and humanities are integral towards building a healthier, stronger, and more prosperous Canada,” says Minister Duncan. “Since taking office, our government has worked hard to put science and research back to their rightful place. Today’s grant recipients will help us make informed decisions about our communities, economy, health and future prosperity.”

The money for Queen’s will fund 32 separate research projects, including $597,643 in Partnership Development Grants, $1,985,352 in Insight Grants, and $1,062,305 in Insight Development Grants, along with $2,450,000 in funding for 29 doctoral students.

Insight Development Grants support new research in its early stages and enable the development of new research questions as well as experimentation with new methods. Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities for up to five years. Partnership Grants help build research strength and collaboration between institutions and various organizations.

“The Insight and Partnerships programs provides our researchers with the resources they need to address critical issues facing society and, through collaboration, create new knowledge and expertise across a range of fields in the humanities and social sciences,” says Kimberly Woodhouse, Interim Vice-Principal (Research). “I congratulate all the researchers funded for their success and thank the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for their continued commitment to research in Canada.”

This investment is part of Canada’s Science Vision and the government’s commitment of more than $10 billion to science and research. This includes a historic increase in funding for fundamental research and the largest boost in over a decade to the federal research funding agencies.

For more information visit the SSHRC website.