SSHRC Arrives at Six New Priority Areas for Researcher Consideration

Wed. Jan. 14, 2015

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has developed “Future Challenge Areas”. These are only now being publicized and it is not expected that all new applications will integrate them into their research as of yet. However, the areas have been integrated with the Talent, Insight and Connection programs “to encourage and promote research, talent development, and the mobilization of knowledge in focussed challenge areas, complementing SSHRC’s support of these areas across all research areas” (weblink below). Currently there is not a dedicated funding allotment for these areas.

Here is a brief listing of the new challenge areas:

  1. What new ways of learning, particularly in higher education, will Canadians need in order to thrive in an evolving society and labour market?
  2. What effects will the quest for energy and natural resources have on our society and our position on the world stage?
  3. How are the experiences and aspirations of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada essential to building a successful shared future?
  4. What might the implications of global peak population be for Canada?
  5. How can emerging technologies be leveraged to benefit Canadians?
  6. What knowledge will Canada need to thrive in an interconnected, evolving global landscape

Each future challenge area has a description and 5-6 subquestions. Full details on the future challenge areas, descriptions and subquestions can be found at: