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From Granting Council toKnowledge Council:Renewing the social sciencesand humanities in CanadaJanuary 2004


Part i who we are facts and figures
Part I: Who We Are: Facts and Figures


Sshrc s mandate
SSHRC’s Mandate

  • Promote and support research and research training in the social sciences and humanities

  • Provide advice to the Minister of Industry


Sshrc s 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)

SSHRC’s Programs

Training

  • Doctoral Fellowships

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS)

    • Master’s component

    • PhD component

Research Communication

and Institutions

  • Conferences and Congresses

  • Research and Transfer Journals

  • SSHRC Institutional Grants (SIG)

  • Aid to Small Universities (ASU)

  • Aid to Scholarly Publications


Sshrc s base budget 2003 04 197m
SSHRC’s Base Budget, 2003-04 = $197M*

*Excludes Canada Research Chairs program and Indirect costs program


A huge peer review machinery
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


A growing human sciences community
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).



Trends
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


Serving new communities
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 SSHRC’s 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.



New world new needs
New world, New needs

Forces of change include:

  • A radically new world

  • A new research environment

  • A new university landscape


Huge demand for human sciences knowledge
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).


Huge pressures on sshrc
Huge pressures on SSHRC

  • Applications to SSHRC’s key Standard Research Grants program rose 44% over last 5 years. This year’s 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.


Sshrc s core values
SSHRC’s core values:

  • Research excellence

  • Competitive funding

  • Inclusiveness and openness

  • Innovative continuity

  • Accountability


Transformation reaching beyond
Transformation: reaching beyond

2 additional core values for SSHRC:

  • Interactive engagement

  • Maximum knowledge impact


Sustained interactive connection from this
Sustained interactive connection: From this…

  • geographically scattered research effort

  • disciplinary silos

  • disconnected from use

  • fragmented knowledge-building

  • Isolated research agendas


Sustained interactive connection to this
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




Key questions inventing new structures programs approaches
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


Key questions improving current sshrc programs
Key questions: Improving current SSHRC programs approaches

  • 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?


Targeted approaches

Initiative on the New Economy

Major Collaborative Research Initiatives

Research

Base

Graduate

Training

Ph.D.

M.A.

Research Communication

Institutional Capacity-building

SSHRC Today

CURA


Policy-relevant institutes approaches

Confederations of Learning

Institute on aboriginals

Knowledge mobilization

Research support

------------

Research training

Clearinghouse for expertise

Institute on sustainable development

Institute on the new economy

Mobility

incentives

SSHRC Tomorrow


Questions for discussion
Questions for discussion approaches

  • 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?


How did we get here
How did we get here? approaches

  • 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


The transformation process
The transformation process: approaches

  • 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


Key messages
Key messages approaches

  • 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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