Research Western

SSHRC Impact Awards and Gold Medal - 2018

SSHRC Impact Awards are designed to build on and sustain Canada’s research-based knowledge culture in the social sciences and humanities. The awards recognize outstanding researchers and celebrate their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities funded partially or completely by SSHRC.

Award funds are to be used for activities that promote and extend the work being honoured. Award funds must be used within three years on activities promoting and extending the honoured work. Gold Medal funds must be used within one year. At least 10% must be used to promote recipient’s research achievements.

Gold Medal ($100.000):  SSHRC’s highest research honour. It is awarded to individuals whose sustained leadership, dedication and originality of thought have inspired students and colleagues alike. Recipients’ achievements in research will have significantly advanced understanding in their research fields in the social sciences and humanities.

Insight Award ($50,000): 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.

Connection Award ($50,000): 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): Recognizes 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 has demonstrated impact and influence within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community.

Talent Award ($50,000): Recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual who, on April 30, 2017, holds SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship (including, but not limited to, a Canada Graduate Scholarship, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship or Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship).


Western Nomination Process

The institution may only submit one nominee in each category.  Interested parties must submit by email to Julaine Hall ( in RDSE  a notice of interest including the following:

All received submissions will be screened for eligibility and, in the case of multiple potential nominees in a given category, will be reviewed and ranked by the SSHRC ADR's.

Internal submission deadline: January 8, 2018

SSHRC Nomination Process

1. A cover letter (2 pages)

2. A nomination rationale (2 pages) describing the initiative to be honoured, including:

3. Nominee’s CV and disclosure forms, plus CVs of any co-applicants

4. Supporting information for nomination rationale (3 pages for Insight, Connection and Partnership Awards; 2 pages for Talent Award and 6 pages for the Gold Medal)

5. A promotion plan (2 pages) outlining Western’s plan to promote and celebrate the impact and outcomes of the nominee’s achievements. This should include:

6. Three letters of support (max 2 pages each) from referees. Referees must not have worked with the nominee on the project to be honoured, must not be affiliated with Western or its affiliates, and must not have a personal relationship with the nominee.

Selection Process

Selection is by a multidisciplinary, international jury from the academic, private, not-for-profit, and public sectors and is made according to the following rubric:

1. Challenge — Ambition and importance (15%)

2. Achievements — Impact and outcomes (75%)

3. Capability — Strategy for promotion (10%)


Electronic submissions will not be accepted. Complete packages are to be mailed to:

350 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4


The final nomination submission deadline is March 6, 2018


Interested parties are encouraged to consult with Julaine Hall ( at Research Development & Services regarding these awards and their nomination processes.

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