SSHRC Impact Awards and Gold Medal - 2019

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

Award funds are to be used for activities that promote and extend the work being honoured, and at least 10% must be used to promote the recipient’s research achievements.

Gold Medal ($100,000):  SSHRC’s highest research honour. It is awarded to individuals whose sustained leadership, dedication and originality of thought have inspired students and colleagues alike. Recipients’ achievements in research will have significantly advanced understanding in their research fields in the social sciences and humanities.

Insight Award ($50,000): Recognizes outstanding achievement arising from a research project funded partially or completely by SSHRC. It is given to an individual or team whose project has resulted in significant contribution to knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world.

Connection Award ($50,000): Recognizes an outstanding SSHRC‑funded initiative to facilitate the flow and exchange of research knowledge within and/or beyond the academic 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.

Partnership Award ($50,000): Recognizes 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 has demonstrated impact and influence within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community.

Talent Award ($50,000): Recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual who, on April 1, 2019, holds SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship (including, but not limited to, a Canada Graduate Scholarship, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship or Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship).

Eligibility

  • Nominees must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents;
  • Nominees must be active social sciences and humanities researchers;
  • Nominees must hold or have held SSHRC funding pertinent to the Award; and
  • Nominees must 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.

Western Nomination Process

Anyone wishing to nominate a colleague or be considered for nomination must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Julaine Hall in RDSE by January 24, 2019. 

An Expression of Interest will include:

  • A draft letter (two-three pages) which outlines how you/your nominee meets the criteria outlined on the SSHRC Impact Award website
  • an up-to-date CV (up to 10 pages) for the nominee (and each member of the team, if applicable).

All received submissions will be screened for eligibility and, in the case of multiple potential nominees in a given category, will be reviewed and ranked by the SSHRC ADR's.

SSHRC Nomination Process

1. Institutional nomination letter and rationale (three pages maximum):

  • This section should present the nomination and describe the program of research, research activities and achievements relevant to the Impact Award for which the candidate is being nominated.

2. Information Supporting the nomination:

  • Include, as appropriate, a detailed list of research contributions, outcomes and other activities mentioned in general terms in the nomination letter;
  • Page limits for this section are:

    • up to six pages for the Gold Medal, covering the span of the nominee’s career;
    • up to two pages (if relevant) for the Talent Award; and
    • up to three pages for the Insight, Connection and Partnership awards.

3. Nominee’s SSHRC CV's and disclosure forms, plus CVs of any co-applicants (up to six team members)

4. Three letters of support (max 2 pages each) from referees. 

  • Referees must be established authorities in the nominee’s field;
  • Referees cannot be from Western;
  • Referees cannot be individuals who are or were involved in the project or projects being put forward.

Selection Process

Selection is by a multidisciplinary, international jury from the academic, private, not-for-profit, and public sectors and is made according to the following rubric:

1. Challenge — Ambition and importance (25%)

  • originality and significance of the initiative

2. Achievements — Impact and outcomes (75%)

  • evidence of the sustained quality, impact, and influence of the nominee’s research achievements within and/or beyond the academic community;
  • level of nominee’s engagement with, and quality of training and mentoring provided to, students, emerging scholars and participants, relative to nominee’s career level;
  • nominee’s national and/or international stature.

Submission

Electronic submissions will not be accepted. Complete packages are to be mailed to:

SSHRC
350 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4

Deadline

Western internal deadline for Expression of Interest - January 24, 2019

The final nomination submission deadline -  April 1, 2019

Contact

Interested parties are encouraged to consult with Julaine Hall (julaine.hall@uwo.ca) at Research Development & Services regarding these awards and their nomination processes.

Further details can also be found at http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/impact_awards-prix_impacts-eng.aspx#gold-or