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Organization: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
In its strategic plan for the next two years, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) reviewed its progress over the last five years and outlined its program for keeping pace with rapid global change and the effects of COVID-19.
Five major Canadian research funders have signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), a set of recommendations for improving the way the output of scientific research is evaluated. The signing comes at a time when the values of academia and society are increasingly at odds with academia’s traditional system of incentives and rewards.
The Ford government in Ontario has let funding lapse for the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing. Founded in 2002 with a record-setting philanthropic donation and support from both the federal and provincial governments, the institute has attracted top talent and is often cited for its leading research. While the federal government recently promised reinvestment of…
Policies and programs to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in research have been largely ineffective, say experts.
The federal government has quietly launched a $231.3-million fund to help academia further offset rising indirect costs of research, but the new program retains a sliding formula that leaves Canada’s largest research universities with a smaller slice of the funding pie.
The timeline is “aggressive but doable” for the federal government to implement changes recommended in a new report.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) received 1700 notices of intent (NOIs) to apply for funding through the inaugural competition of the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF), causing consternation among applicants.
The New Frontiers in Research Fund will supplant the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program, a flagship science and innovation policy initiative that has been a centrepiece of Canadian science for nearly 30 years.
An international consortium of research funders is moving rapidly to transform academic publishing. Known as Coalition S, the group has approved a plan that requires full and immediate open access to research funded by national and European research councils and funding bodies, beginning January 1, 2020. Canada is not part of the consortium, but it could feel the impact.