SSHRC Impact Awards and Gold Medal 2022

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Impact Awards are designed to build on and sustain Canada’s research-based knowledge culture in the social sciences and humanities. They recognize outstanding scholars and celebrate their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities funded partially or completely by SSHRC.

The SSHRC Impact Awards are:

  • Gold Medal ($100,000): recipients’ achievements in research will have significantly advanced understanding in their research fields in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Insight Award ($50,000): given to an individual or team whose project has resulted in significant contribution to knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world.
  • Connection Award ($50,000): recognizes an outstanding SSHRC‑funded initiative to facilitate the flow and exchange of research knowledge.
  • Partnership Award ($50,000): celebrates a SSHRC‑funded formal partnership for its outstanding achievement in advancing research, research training or knowledge mobilization, or developing a new partnership approach.


  • Nominees must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents;
  • Nominees must be active social sciences and humanities researchers;
  • Nominees must hold or have held SSHRC funding pertinent to the Award; and
  • Nominees must be affiliated with an eligible institution.

Nomination/Application: Western may submit only one nomination for each award category.

More Information

DeadlinesRequired Steps
Internal: Monday, January 10, by/before 4 p.m.Expression of Interest deadline
Email with the name of your candidate and the SSHRC Impact Award Category
Internal: Friday, January 28, by/before 4 p.m.Adjudication submission deadline
*required if there is more than one eligible candidate in any given category A draft letter (two-three pages) that outlines how you/your nominee meets the criteria outlined on the SSHRC Impact Award website; and The nominee’s SSHRC CV.
External: April 1, 2022Final Submission to SSHRC

Contact: Interested parties are encouraged to consult with Julaine Hall, Research Development Officer (Awards & Distinctions), regarding this award and the nomination processes.

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