Resources for Researchers
Advice for Writing a Successful SSHRC Application
Unfamiliar with Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) funding opportunities? Want to improve the competitiveness of your application to one of their funding opportunities? Consult the overview of SSHRC’s programming and compilation of strategic advice from the University of Ottawa’s experts in developing SSHRC funding applications.
Financial support can take many forms, and come from several distinct sources or combinations of sources. Funding can be found internally - from programs maintained by the University - or externally, from government agencies or partners in the private sector.
Policies, guidelines and forms
Researchers are expected to understand and respect all of the procedures and policies of the University that might apply to them, as well as any related procedures and policies of a granting agency or contracting client. These obligations extend to matters such as confidentiality and the disposition on intellectual property, as well as environmental health and safety.
Executive Advisors, Research
The Executive Advisors, Research (EAR), contribute to the growth, success and increased visibility of research at the University of Ottawa. Each of the two positions has a different disciplinary specialization:
- Hugo Lemieux: engineering and natural sciences;
- Christine Rivas: humanities and social sciences
The EAR’s report to the Associate Vice-Presidents, Research. Their main tasks are to:
- Act on behalf of the Associate Vice-Presidents, Research, to ensure that their views are represented and that their projects move forward;
- Support the preparation of major strategic grant applications in collaboration with the applicant and the faculties’ Research Facilitators;
- Facilitate interfaculty and international collaborations in partnership with the Office of International Research and the faculties’ research facilitators;
- Promote research on campus and within the larger community.
For more information on the deadlines and resources available for preparing an application, click on the following funding opportunities:
University of Ottawa's CIHR University Delegate and SSHRC Leader
In 2008, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council launched its SSHRC Leaders initiative. The Leaders, who are senior administrators, maintain an open line of communication between their respective university and SSHRC. SSHRC Leaders seek the input, gather information and ideas from researchers that are part of their university community. These activities, in turn, help feed into the conception, development and implementation of SSHRC programs, and new program policies. Leaders are also kept apprised of partnerships with a variety of federal and provincial granting agencies. SSHRC Leaders attend an annual meeting in Ottawa; they also meet during the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and take part in several teleconferences during the year.
The University of Ottawa’s SSHRC Leader is Ruby Heap, Associate Vice-President, Research, and Professor in the Department of History.
Dr. Heap recently coordinated the activities of a regional consortium of universities, including the University of Ottawa, in the context of SSHRC’s vast project Imagining Canada’s Future.
Click here to access the SSHRC Leaders Resource Page
CIHR University Delegate
Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) University Delegates' Network (UD) was created in 2001. The Network’s mandate is to inform health researchers of the directions, initiatives and decisions of CIHR, while soliciting their views on health research issues and fostering their participation in CIHR`s outreach activities. This group of professors, researchers and senior university administrators from across Canada meets via teleconference once a month.
Since 2008, the University of Ottawa’s UD is Julian Little, Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, holder of Canada Research Chair in Human Genome Epidemiology.
Professor Little is also a member of the University Delegates Executive Committee (UDEC).
Research Prizes and Awards Manager
The Research Prizes and Awards Manager provides leadership, guidance and support to faculty and affiliated-medical institute administrators and researchers with the goal to increase the number of prestigious research prizes and distinctions conferred to University of Ottawa researchers. More specifically, the Research Prizes Manager:
- Identifies and raises awareness about major prize opportunities and raises awareness among the University research community in order to increase the quantity and quality of dossiers submitted each year for key provincial, tri-council, national and international awards;
- Acts as a key resource person for Research Administrators in the preparation and submission of competitive dossiers;
- Works closely with Research Administrators on drafting letters of support for research prizes to be signed by the Vice-President, Research and the President;
- Organizes workshops and training sessions on the various aspects and phases of the nomination process for major prizes and distinctions; and
- Provides updated information on major prizes and engages the University community in the celebration of the success of its researchers.
613-562-5800 ext. 3470