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SSHRC Days dawning

By Janet Harron

Like other aspects of academia, research is an increasingly cyclical, results-oriented process. Successfully securing external funding supports researchers in producing and publishing results that contribute to their discipline as well as to their own growth as scholars.

Research in the social sciences and humanities is key to uncovering new knowledge, ideas and interpretations about significant economic, social, cultural, and environmental issues facing the world today.

The Faculty of Arts is committed to providing opportunities for external funding and professional growth for its researchers. To demystify the complicated and competitive procedure of securing external funding, the faculty sponsors research workshops throughout the year. This summer faculty members can attend SSHRC Days August 25-27.

An addition to the regularly offered development seminars is a visit by Terry Lee McPherson, program officer with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC ). Ms McPherson will present information and answer questions on SSHRC funding programs and will also be available for individual consultations with faculty members.

“The university visit is offered to provide an overview of what is new at SSHRC in terms of policy and procedures, as well as valuable information on best practices. The main focus is the Standard Research Grants Program(SRG). However, the presentation at Memorial will also include information about the Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI) program, and the new strategic Aboriginal Research Programs. I encourage all faculty members to attend in order to obtain first-hand, up-to-date information about changes to the SSHRC suite of programs and advice on submitting grant applications,” said Ms. McPherson.

Dr. Lisa Rankin, acting associate dean (research and graduate) for the Faculty of Arts and the recent recipient of a major CURA grant for her project Understanding the Past to Build the Future, is also enthusiastic about the initiative.

“I highly encourage my colleagues to participate in SSHRC Days next month. It’s always a great opportunity to receive feedback on research proposals and this year of course we have the added bonus of presentations by Terry Lee McPherson, program officer with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada,” said Dr. Lisa Rankin.

The Notification of Intent (NOI) to Apply for the Standard Research Grant (SRG) is now posted on the SSHRC website at The NOI deadline is Aug. 15, 2009, and the full SRG proposal deadline is Oct. 15, 2009. The application for the Aboriginal Research Program is also posted on the SSHRC website and the deadline is Sept. 30, 2009. Faculty members may contact Grants Facilitator Theresa Heath at 737-8050 or for assistance in preparing an application.

For further information on the August research workshops and Ms. McPherson’s sessions please see