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Genome Canada, SSHRC announce new Knowledge Synthesis Grant opportunity

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New investments will help bridge the gap between world-leading social sciences, humanities and genomics research—ensuring more equitable and impactful solutions to today’s biggest challenges.

Genome Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are proud to launch a new funding opportunity to map and mobilize research on shifting dynamics of privilege and marginalization. This opportunity includes up to seven grants focused on genomics, a game-changing science and platform technology with potential for far-reaching societal impact through its multiple applications.

The Shifting Dynamics of Privilege and Marginalization” Knowledge Synthesis Grant (KSG) will support up to 30 projects of up to $30,000 each, including the seven projects focused specifically on genomics within a social science and humanities lens.

  • Application deadline: December 15, 2022 (8 p.m. ET)
  • Results will be announced in Spring 2023

Investing in inclusive genomics research and innovation shaped by diverse perspectives and communities is vital to addressing current and historic inequities—and to ensuring the benefits of genomics are shared by all.

The funding announced today will support the mobilization, examination and synthesis of existing social science and humanities knowledge on privilege and marginalization. The resulting research will:

  • Inform the development of effective tools, technologies, policies and sustainable practices needed to chart a more prosperous and equitable future for Canadians.
  • Enable recipients to explore how the world’s power dynamics are being reshaped, at individual, community and societal levels as the result of various factors such as socio-political events, new technologies (including genomics), the new mis/information age and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The seven genomics-related projects funded will help inform and shape Genome Canada’s challenge-driven initiatives and impact in health, food security and climate action. This investment will support our strategic priorities to advance inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) and Indigenous truth, reconciliation and engagement as we work to build a more inclusive genomics future for Canada.


Genomics research generates enormous impacts through new knowledge and technology, and it’s important that we understand how those impacts are experienced. Genome Canada is proud to strengthen our collaboration with SSHRC to bring world-leading social sciences, humanities and genomics research together to tackle these important challenges.

Dr. Rob Annan, President and CEO, Genome Canada 

This KSG competition is part of SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future Initiative to address 16 emerging global challenges identified in a 2018-21 SSHRC foresight exercise.

Genome Canada is proud to take our partnership with SSHRC to the next level as the first investment partner in this initiative, building on more than 20 years of investment to bridge genomics research and innovation with the needs and well-being of society, and unique expertise in genomics in society among global genomics funders.

Our partnership with SSHRC seeks to increase collaboration at the intersection of genomics and social sciences and humanities research and to ensure more equitable and impactful application of genomics solutions for the benefit of all communities in Canada.  

Explore the Shifting Dynamics of Privilege and Marginalization” Knowledge Synthesis Grant funding opportunity and stay tuned for future funding opportunities through the Imagining Canada’s Future initiative.

Quick facts

  • This expanded partnership builds on a 2015 joint investment by Genome Canada and SSHRC in societal implications of genomics research.
  • This opportunity represents funding up to 30 grants of up to $30,000 each.
  • Seven of the 30 grants are specifically earmarked for projects related to genomics research.

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