Minister Goodale highlights $2.7 million for social sciences and humanities research at the University of Saskatchewan
SASKATOON, Nov. 15, 2017 /CNW/ - Research is at the heart of understanding the challenges and opportunities people face in areas such as education, immigration and technology. That's why the Government of Canada continues to support the work of our country's social scientists and humanities researchers. The evidence they produce informs policies that improve our understanding of each other and our communities.
To support their efforts, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, today announced $2.7 million in funding to the University of Saskatchewan. This funding is being awarded through scholarships, fellowships and grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), one of the three federal granting councils responsible for supporting researchers whose work helps fuel a stronger economy, healthy communities and a growing middle class.
During the announcement at the University of Saskatchewan, the Minister highlighted how social sciences and humanities research—including in the areas of education, youth, Indigenous communities, immigration, refugees, technology and the environment—touches the lives of all Canadians. Today's investment will help researchers build stronger partnerships with the private and not-for-profit sectors so they can improve the well-being of Canadians in cities, towns and rural areas across the country.
"I want to commend the grant and scholarship recipients whose tireless efforts help us better understand our world and our relationships with each other. Our government is proud to support these talented researchers and scholars who are pushing the boundaries of knowledge to the benefit of Canadians and our growing middle class.
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science
"Our government understands the important role Canada's scientists, scholars and students play in improving our well-being. By strengthening our support for research, we are investing in our future while strengthening the middle class and growing the economy."
– The Hounourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
"All innovation is inherently social, which means the social sciences and humanities are especially important in this time of rapid change. SSHRC-funded scholars and researchers can provide guidance on important changes that are affecting society. Developing a vibrant and long-term culture of innovation in Canada is essential to building a bold and bright future for all Canadians."
– Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
- On November 15, 2017, Minister Duncan announced more than $265 million in funding through SSHRC's Talent, Insight and Partnership programs that support post-secondary–based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences.
- The SSHRC and Genome Canada Joint Initiative on Societal Implications of Genomics Research supports social sciences and humanities research and related activities that will enrich the understanding of the societal implications of genomics research.
- The Canada Graduate Scholarships to Honour Nelson Mandela were launched in 2014 to honour the life and legacy of the anti-apartheid leader and first South African president elected in a fully representative democratic election.
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SOURCE Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
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