Carleton University Researchers Awarded more than $4.6 Million for Innovative Projects through SSHRC

On September 9, Carleton University researchers were awarded more than $4.6 million in grants for their research projects through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The numerous research projects touch on a wide range of subjects, from Indigenous youth, to motivation and goal attainment, to innovative Youth Centre program evaluations and the workforce integration of refugees.

“This investment from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council recognizes the innovative research conducted by faculty members and their productive partnerships in Canada and around the world,” said Nimal Rajapakse, vice-president (Research and International). “This funding will allow our researchers to conduct research that examines critical social issues, train the next generation of scholars and contribute to the advancement of our society.”

The funding will go to projects in four Carleton faculties: the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Public Affairs and the Sprott School of Business.

Innovative Social Sciences and Humanities Research

The largest grant has been awarded to Youth Futures: Bringing together Indigenous and Western approaches to promote youth resilience and prosperity in First Nations communities, led by Prof. Kim Matheson, a faculty member at the Department of Neuroscience in the Faculty of Science. The project is getting $2.5 million in a SSHRC Partnership grant. The project seeks to improve conditions for Indigenous youth by taking an approach designed with First Nations communities and combining both Indigenous knowledge and Western science. The information gathered from the project will inform future strategies for achieving Indigenous youth resilience and prosperity. Partners of the project will include both Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, community organizations and leaders in the Sioux Lookout region in northwestern Ontario.

Another notable project receiving funding is Motivation, obstacles, and goal pursuit: the role of motivation in the experience of objective and subjective obstacles and their influence on goal attainment. The project, led by Prof. Marina Milyavskaya of the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, has been awarded a $256,314 Insight grant for its research into individuals’ motivation and the impacts on goal attainment.

In the Faculty of Public Affairs, Prof. Sarah Todd of the School of Social Work will be receiving a $143,076 Partnership Development grant for her project Tracking Youth Digital Declarations: Facilitating Evidence-based Innovation across Youth Centres in Canada. The project will focus on building capacity for the data collection of Youth Centre program use and effectiveness, as well as develop program evaluations.

The Sprott School of Business will also be receiving funding for research. The project Integrating refugees in the workforce the role of host country social support led by Prof. Luciara Nardon has been awarded a $68,533 Insight Development grant. The project will research the workforce integration of refugees and the impact of the unique challenges they face.

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