SSHRC invests $4.7M in York researchers studying issues related to individuals and society

York University has received more than $4.7 million in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) as part of the 2019-20 SSHRC Insight Grant competition.

The funds totalling $4,749,532 will be dispersed among 29 researchers at York, and are among a total of $91 million awarded to more than 1,253 researchers from 60 different Canadian institutions.

Amir Asif

“York University is delighted to see 29 researchers receive SSHRC Insight Grants for a total funding of well over $4 million dollars,” said Amir Asif, vice-president research and innovation. “These projects are stellar examples of how we aspire, through our research, to better understand the human condition and to employ the knowledge we gain in the service and betterment of society. I want to wish all recipients every success as they move forward with their projects.”

The projects undertaken by the funded researchers will address topics such as:

  • social media and mental well-being;
  • how climate risks affect banks’ financial losses, liquidity and decisions related to loans; and
  • transitional housing and permanent housing for homeless people.

SSHRC is dedicated to supporting an inclusive and diverse research environment. Of the funded researchers, 644 (51 per cent) self-identified as women, 34 (three per cent) as Indigenous peoples, 168 (13 per cent) as members of visible minorities and 40 (three per cent) as persons with disabilities.

See the complete list of Insight Grant recipients.

The Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for research initiatives of two to five years. Stable support for long-term research initiatives is central to advancing knowledge. It enables scholars to address complex issues about individuals and societies, and to further our collective understanding.

In May, SSHRC announced that it had permanently changed the Insight Grants submission deadline to Oct. 1 from Oct. 15. For more information on this subject, consult the news article.

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