York University leads the country with SSHRC awards valued at $1 million or more


TORONTO, April 15, 2013 − York University leads the country in the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s (SSHRC’s) large-scale awards competitions valued at $1 million or more.

An analysis conducted by the Strategic and Institutional Research Initiatives Unit, in the Office of Research Services at York, revealed that between 2006 and 2012, York researchers received more SSHRC awards valued at $1 million or more than any other institution in Canada. SSHRC’s large-scale awards offered between 2001 and 2012 have included the Community-University Research Alliance (CURA), Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI), the Strategic Knowledge Clusters and the SSHRC Partnership Grants.hache

“York University is a leader in collaborative, interdisciplinary, social sciences and humanities research in Canada,” said Robert Haché, York’s vice-president research & innovation (at right). “Research at York is research with impact. These research projects led by York University researchers demonstrate our capacity and continued commitment to work collaboratively with governments, non-profit organizations, NGOs, community organizations and private sector partners to advance knowledge for maximum impact both nationally and internationally.”

From the development of models for violence prevention in Aboriginal communities, to the creation of a comprehensive youth strategy that supports positive youth development in urban communities, to measuring the costs of the social justice system, to identifying promising practices for the improvement of long-term residential care and more, York University researchers are working to develop solutions to complex challenges and to mobilize knowledge to make a difference in the world.

The large-scale SSHRC projects led by York’s researchers seek to employ a collaborative method to support the creation of new knowledge and undertake knowledge mobilization initiatives so that research and evidence resulting from these projects can help inform decisions about public policy and professional practice.

To view a list of project descriptions of each of the active large-scale SSHRC projects at York University, click here.

York University is helping to shape the global thinkers and thinking that will define tomorrow. York’s unwavering commitment to excellence reflects a rich diversity of perspectives and a strong sense of social responsibility that sets us apart. A York U degree empowers graduates to thrive in the world and achieve their life goals through a rigorous academic foundation balanced by real-world experiential education. As a globally recognized research centre, York is fully engaged in the critical discussions that lead to innovative solutions to the most pressing local and global social challenges. York’s 11 faculties and 28 research centres are thinking bigger, broader and more globally, partnering with 288 leading universities worldwide. York's community is strong − 55,000 students, 7,000 faculty and staff, and more than 250,000 alumni.



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