Trent University researchers receive $779,830 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Twelve research projects in an array of disciplines funded
Friday, June 3, 2005 – Peterborough
As part of an $81.6 million investment in research that will help Canadians improve their quality of life and enjoy a vigorous economy, Trent University researchers will receive $779,830 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
The SSHRC funding will support 12 humanities and social science researchers at Trent including Dr. Jennifer Clapp, who will look at the political economy of genetically modified food aid, and Dr. Miriam Smith, who will examine the impact of political institutions and policy legacies on lesbian and gay rights in Canada and the United States.
The overall SSHRC investment will support 981 research projects at 77 Canadian universities and colleges.
"The research funded today truly demonstrates the wealth of creativity, innovation and expertise that exists in this country," said Marc Renaud, president of SSHRC. "Canadians from all walks of life will draw on this knowledge to better understand our most pressing economic, political, social and cultural issues."
Following a national peer-reviewed competition, SSHRC's Standard Research Grants program awarded grants of up to $250,000 over three years to individual researchers and small teams from universities and colleges across the country. A significant portion of this funding will be used to help prepare graduate students for careers, not only in research, but in positions throughout the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
"The success of our researchers in the competition for these SSHRC awards is a spectacular achievement and speaks highly of the quality of their proposals," says Dr. James Parker, Trent University's associate vice-president, research. "It builds significantly on Trent's clear leadership among smaller universities in research in the social sciences and humanities."
SSHRC is an independent federal government agency that funds university-based research and graduate training through national peer-review competitions. SSHRC also partners with public and private sector organizations to focus research and aid the development of better policies and practices in key areas of Canada's social, cultural and economic life.
The following Trent University researchers received support for their projects:
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