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Furthering the impact of social sciences research

September 16, 2013

Mario Pinto, 778.782.4152;
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;

Furthering the impact of social sciences research

Simon Fraser University researchers will gain new insights into individuals and societies through a diverse range of projects collectively receiving more than $3.5 million in federal grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the government announced today.

SSHRC is funding more than 760 research initiatives across Canada totalling $107 million with Insight grants for mature projects as well as Insight Development grants to develop new research.

SFU researchers will receive a total of $3.1 million for 20 of its Insight grant applications. A further $519,351 will fund eight early-stage research initiatives.

The SFU Insight grants cover a wide range of fields and topics, from a study of the obstacles to credit/risk sharing and investment in developing communities to research furthering the creation and testing of tangible user interfaces that teach children hands-on problem solving skills.

Continuing SFU's record of high success rates in SSHRC competitions, 34 per cent of its Insight grant applications were funded, and 38 per cent of its Insight Development applications.

"Our researchers in the social sciences are making a difference in cultural enrichment, the understanding of human behaviour, and in societal impact. This impact is reflected in their outstanding performance in the latest SSHRC competitions," says SFU Vice-President, Research, Mario Pinto.

Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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