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1 Fig. A From Granting Council to Knowledge Council: Renewing the social sciences and humanities in Canada

2 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A Part I: Who We Are: Facts and Figures

3 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A SSHRCs Mandate >Promote and support research and research training in the social sciences and humanities >Provide advice to the Minister of Industry

4 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A SSHRCs Programs Research Base >Standard Research Grants (SRG) >Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI) Targeted >Initiative on the New Economy (INE) >Strategic Themes >Joint Initiatives >Research Development Initiatives (RDI) >Community-University Research Alliances (CURA) Research Communication and Institutions >Conferences and Congresses >Research and Transfer Journals >SSHRC Institutional Grants (SIG) >Aid to Small Universities (ASU) >Aid to Scholarly Publications Training >Doctoral Fellowships >Postdoctoral Fellowships >Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Masters component PhD component

5 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A SSHRCs Base Budget, = $197M* *Excludes Canada Research Chairs program and Indirect costs program

6 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A

7 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A A huge peer review machinery: >Over 3500 research submissions/year (not incl. fellowships) >Over 3000 applications for Ph.D. support >500 applications for post-docs >9000 external assessors >40 adjudication committees >300 committee members

8 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A A growing human sciences community: >Faculty – There are 18,000 full-time social sciences and humanities faculty in more than 90 Canadian universities. 54% of all faculty is in the human sciences. >Graduate students – 39,800 (or 58%) of all Canadian full- time graduate students are in the social sciences and humanities. >Serious increase expected -- Consensus on rising university enrolment at all levels; number of faculty also growing tremendously (21,600 faculty needed just in human sciences).

9 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A A varied human sciences community:

10 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A

11 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A Trends: >Team work, networking >Problem-oriented interdisciplinary research >Partnerships with clients (communities, governments) >Greater involvement of students in research >Development of collective tools >Digitization: transforming how we do research

12 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A Serving new communities: >In last 5 years, SSHRC has opened up some programs to researchers in community and not-for-profit organizations. >Very high demand for SSHRCs program for research in fine arts disciplines. >New joint initiatives developed and funded by SSHRC and other organizations (including government departments) in support of targeted research. >New support for Aboriginal research agenda, with active participation of Aboriginal researchers and experts.

13 Fig. A What is SSHRCs future?

14 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A New world, New needs Forces of change include: >A radically new world >A new research environment >A new university landscape

15 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A Huge demand for human sciences knowledge: >Need to understand world trends >Need to understand new problems (e.g. new economic disparities, governance and ethics challenges, socio- political, ethnic and cultural fault lines) >Need for HS knowledge on every vital policy issue (e.g. restructuring of the labour force; sustainable development linguistic duality; First Nations).

16 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A Huge pressures on SSHRC >Applications to SSHRCs key Standard Research Grants program rose 44% over last 5 years. This years growth is over 18%. >SSHRC now supports around 25 per cent of faculty members in human sciences, up from 15 per cent five years ago. >Recurring problem of projects that are approved but not funded; larger proportion of those in smaller universities. >Growing demand for SSHRC to bridge with government.

17 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A SSHRCs core values: >Research excellence >Competitive funding >Inclusiveness and openness >Innovative continuity >Accountability

18 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A Transformation: reaching beyond 2 additional core values for SSHRC: >Interactive engagement >Maximum knowledge impact

19 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A Sustained interactive connection: From this… >geographically scattered research effort >disciplinary silos >disconnected from use >fragmented knowledge- building >Isolated research agendas

20 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A Sustained interactive connection: To this… >ongoing connections across geography, institutions, and sectors >integrated across disciplines >integrated with decision- making, policy and practice >synergistic research agendas >fully connected to the world

21 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A Maximum knowledge impact: From happenstance…

22 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A Maximum knowledge impact: To permanent interfaces…

23 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A Key questions: Inventing new structures/programs/ approaches >Confederations of learning >More formal Institutes >Knowledge mobilization units in universities >Web-facilitated communities of practice >A clearinghouse for advanced expertise >Exchange/mobility programs >Enriched and connected post-secondary training environments >A Human Sciences Foundation >Scholarly-based journals for lay audiences

24 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A Key questions: Improving current SSHRC programs >Smaller operating grants to more people? >Larger research grants to fewer people? >Special support for young scholars? >Promote greater relevance, synergy and impact of strategic grants? >Different/new support for research communications? >New or different support to institutions? >Development of more collective tools for research?

25 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A CURA SSHRC Today Graduate Training Ph.D. M.A. Institutional Capacity-building Research Base Targeted Research Communication Initiative on the New Economy Major Collaborative Research Initiatives

26 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A Clearinghouse for expertise Mobility incentives Knowledge mobilization Confederations of Learning Research support Research training Policy- relevant institutes Institute on aboriginals Institute on sustainable development Institute on the new economy SSHRC Tomorrow

27 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A Questions for discussion >Basic goals and values: To what extent does the new vision resonate with your sense of what Canada requires? How engage proactively? >New programs and approaches: Advantages and disadvantages of proposed adaptive structures? Alternatives? >Improving current programs: Reactions and priorities? >Increasing linkages and knowledge flows outside universities: Best partners? Respective roles of SSHRC, universities, disciplines, NGOs, government departments…? >Next steps: Which new structures first? And sequence and priorities thereafter?

28 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A How did we get here? >Phase I (Oct.-April 2003): decision to act >Phase 2 (May-Sept. 2003): taking stock of political constraints >Phase 3 (Oct.-Dec. 2003): SSHRC Council takes action >Phase 4 (Jan. 2004): Deliberative consultation

29 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A The transformation process: >January: SSHRC meeting with campus representatives >February-April: Consultation on university campuses and with partners >March: National meeting – heads of scholarly associations >June: Open meeting - Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences >Then… synthesis, Council discussion, over to the government

30 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada Fig. A Key messages >A real consultation >Not a zero-sum game >Need external voices >A culture change >Speak with one voice >We are building a success


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