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Laurentian University celebrates over $237,000 in Federal SSHRC grants

Funding will support research in social sciences and humanities.

(October 13, 2022) - Laurentian University researchers have received funding in amounts of over $237,000 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Grants received support researchers in their endeavours to produce new knowledge. 

Dr. Lea Tufford, Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, received a 5-year Insight Grant to support her study, “Supporting Social Work Field Education: Developing a Model of Holistic Competition.” Insight grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Research must demonstrate originality, and be deemed a significant contribution to knowledge. 

Dr. Tammy Gaber, Associate Professor and Director of the McEwen School of Architecture and Dr. Frantz Siméon, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work have each been awarded 2-year Insight Development Grants. Dr. Gaber’s study, “Losing Faith: Continuity and Community of Aaltos Sacred Spaces” and Dr. Frantz Siméon’s study, “Apports du réseau de proximité dans le soutien à domicile des francophones en contexte minoritaire, les leçons de l'expérience du Club amical de Sudbury en temps de pandémie,” will benefit from the funding. Insight Development Grants foster research in its early stages, enabling development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas. 

Dr. Simon Laflamme, Full Professor in the School of Liberal Arts, has earned a 1-year Aid to Scholarly Journals Grant to support the journal, “Nouvelles perspectives en sciences sociales.” Aid to Scholarly Journal grants support Canadian scholarly dissemination by offering a contribution to enable journals to explore innovative activities as well as to help them to defray the costs associated with publishing scholarly articles, digital publishing and journal distribution on Canadian not-for-profit platforms.

“Insight, Insight Development and Aid to Scholarly Journals grants are critically important for researchers and the training of students that often work side by side with faculty to advance scholarship and knowledge dissemination. These investments from the Federal government ensure that researchers are able to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in fields of social sciences and humanities,” said Dr. Tammy Eger, Laurentian University's Vice-President, Research. “Congratulations to all recipients whose tireless research efforts help address important questions that impact lived experiences at local, national and international levels.” 

These 2022-2023 SSHRC grant recipients from Laurentian University follow the success of 2021-2022 SSHRC grant recipients

Earlier this year, Laurentian University also announced the participation of faculty and students in a collaborative five-year SSHRC Partnership Grant for a project of unprecedented scale in the design disciplines, “Quality in Canada’s Build Environment: Roadmaps to Equity, Social Value and Sustainability,” funded in the amount of 8.6M. 

Laurentian’s Maamwizing Indigenous Research Institute also received over $430,000 in funding from SSHRC’s Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative to support three years of Indigenous community-driven research.