SSHRC Impact Awards

The SSHRC Impact Awards celebrate Canada’s best leaders, thinkers and researchers in the social sciences and humanities.

Research Western: March 1, 2017 (for cover letter)
SSHRC: April 5, 2017

Descriptions and Amounts:

Gold Medal ($100,000) – The Gold Medal is SSHRC’s highest research honour. It is awarded to an individual whose sustained leadership, dedication and originality of thought have inspired students and colleagues alike.

Talent Award ($50,000) – The Talent Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual who, on April 30, 2017, holds a SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship. The Talent Award is given to an individual who maintains academic excellence, has a talent for research and knowledge mobilization and has demonstrated clear potential to be a future leader within and/or outside the academic sector.

Insight Award ($50,000) – The Insight Award recognizes outstanding achievement arising from a research project funded partially or completely by SSHRC. It is given to an individual or team whose project has resulted in significant contribution to knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world. The project’s research outcomes must have led to demonstrable impact within and/or beyond the academic community.

Connection Award ($50,000) – The Connection Award recognizes an outstanding SSHRC‑funded initiative to facilitate the flow and exchange of research knowledge within and/or beyond the academic community. It is given to an individual or team whose project has engaged the campus and/or wider community, and has generated intellectual, cultural, social and/or economic impacts.

Partnership Award ($50,000) – The Partnership Award recognizes a SSHRC‑funded formal partnership for its outstanding achievement in advancing research, research training or knowledge mobilization, or developing a new partnership approach to research and/or related activities. It is awarded to a formal partnership that, through mutual co-operation and shared intellectual leadership and resources, has demonstrated impact and influence within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community.

Nomination Process:  Western University  may submit only one nomination for each award. Please contact your Associate Dean Research, Assistant Dean Research or Director of Research if you would like to suggest a nominee. Interested parties are encouraged to consult with Julaine Hall ( at Research Development & Services regarding these awards and their nomination processes.

Previous Impact Award winners...

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Kueneman, Karen
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