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Digging into Data Challenge Round 4 WEBINAR

When Apr 19, 2016
from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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Digging into Data Challenge Round 4



Notify ROADS of Intent to Apply by April 8

Draft application due to ROADS by June 6

Final application due to ROADS by June 22


SSHRC, in collaboration with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies/Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQNT/FRQSC), is pleased to announce that  it will be offering 3 webinars for Canadian researchers interested in applying to the 2016 Digging into Data Challenge Round 4 competition.


The aim of the Challenge is to address how "big data" changes the research landscape for the humanities and social sciences and to explore how new, computationally-based research methods might be applied. As the world becomes increasingly digital, new techniques will be needed to search, analyze, and understand these everyday materials. Digging into Data challenges the research community to help create the new research infrastructure for 21st century scholarship. Primary data collection will not be funded under this call. However, new datasets created through data linkage are permitted.



SSHRC invites interested researchers and their research offices to join us for Canadian webinars in April 2016.  No registration is required, so you can drop in at any time.


Webinar schedule:

  • English:  Tuesday, April 19, 2016:  10:00 a.m. (eastern)

  • English:  Tuesday, April 19, 2016:  2:00 p.m. (eastern)

  • French:  Wednesday, April 20, 2016:  2:00 p.m. (eastern)


To join the webinar:

  1. Click the following link, or copy and paste it into your web browser:

  1. Type your name in the field provided.

  2. Click Enter Room to join the webinar.


For audio, please use a phone or a teleconference system.

  1. Dial 1-877-413-4781 (toll free); or, 613-960-7510 (National Capital Region).

  2. When prompted, enter the Conference ID:  3826586.


For more information, please contact:

Mika Oehling

Program Officer, Research Grants and Partnership Division


Tel.: 613-992-4227




Applicants must apply as a transnational research project partnership. Each transnational project is a partnership among a number of national research teams based in any of the participating T-AP Digging into Data countries listed on the competition website


Each project must:

    • have a duration ranging between 24 – 36 months;
    • consist of at least three eligible research teams based in at least three of the participating T-AP Digging into Data countries;
    • include teams from both sides of the Atlantic, i.e., from Europe and the Americas;
    • include teams led by an eligible Principal Investigator; if more than one team from the same country is participating in the same proposal, they must work together and designate one single Principal Investigator; and
    • designate one of the Principal Investigators as the project’s main Principal Investigator/coordinator.


To be eligible for funding from NSERC, the team must include researchers in the natural sciences and engineering who are eligible to hold NSERC funds.

SSHRC encourages applicants to collaborate with partner organizations from non-academic sectors in formal partnerships within the scope of this funding opportunity.  Partners are expected to provide letters of support.



When a project is selected for funding, each of the teams will receive a grant from their respective granting agency.


For Canadian teams, the maximum award will range from:

·        up to $100,000 for projects requesting funds from SSHRC only; or

·        for multidisciplinary teams requesting funds from SSHRC and NSERC, a maximum of $100,000 from each agency can be requested.


Application Process:

If you plan to apply, please contact Sherisse Webb, Assistant Director, Development, ROADS, at or extension 26946 by April 8, 2016.


The initial draft of the application is due to the Research Office for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS) by June 6, 2016. 


The final draft, including signatures from your Department Chair and Faculty Dean, is due to ROADS by June 22, 2016. Please note that applications received after this date may not receive a full review.


Final applications must be submitted by 23:59 (Greenwich Mean Time) on June 29, 2016 via the competition website,


More information:

Additional information about the Digging into Data program can be found on the Digging into Data website


Potential applicants are invited to take into account a special report—produced by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)—that focused on the outcomes from the first round. This report, One Culture. Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, contains specific recommendations to researchers, funders, libraries, and institutions. Applicants are asked to show how their projects address some of the recommendations from this report. In particular, please see the section entitled “Recommendations” found on pages 2-6 of the CLIR report. The report can be found at