Office of Research

The Office of Research drives institutional research strategy and college-relevant initiatives, including interdisciplinary activity for the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

PRE-Submission peer review

Are you applying for a SSHRC Insight Grant this fall? Would you like some help to improve your application?

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities has created a standing panel of volunteer peer reviewers to work in collaboration with the Research Partner Network within the VPRI portfolio.

The purpose of the peer reviewer panel is to harness the expertise that exists in the Faculties of Arts, Education and Law, and in the Alberta School of Business, for the benefit of all University of Alberta colleagues applying to external grant competitions in the humanities and social sciences, especially the SSHRC Insight Development, Insight, Partnership Development, and two-stage Partnership competitions. Participation is voluntary, but past experience shows that pre-submission feedback from an insightful reader, including from one not within your research field or unit, helps greatly to improve an applicant's chances of competition success.

Many members of the CSSH Panel of Peer Reviewers are senior colleagues with prior experience on SSHRC adjudication committees. All have been nominated to the panel by the Faculty ADRs.

If you’d like an experienced peer reviewer to provide feedback on your SSHRC Insight Grant application, please register HERE before August 15th. You will need to have a high-quality, penultimate version of the application, formatted as a single pdf, by the exchange deadline of August 22nd.

Here are the dates you need to know (all times are noon on the date listed):

  • July 7: Portal for applicants to register for SSHRC Insight Grant - Peer review opens

  • July 11 - August 15: We’ll start matching applicants with reviewers as soon as possible, and do the last matchings on August 15.

  • August 22: Deadline for provision of application to the peer reviewer.

  • September 5: Date by which the peer reviewer will return feedback to the applicant.

  • *September 12th: *Date applications should normally be sent to Faculty ADR.

  • September 20th: Date your application must be at RSO/RAS for institutional full administrative review and sign-off.

*Please note that the Faculty ADR might need to adjust this date slightly. 


Associate Dean, Research: Joanna Harrington
Director, Office of Research: Oliver Rossier
Senior Research Partner: Heather Young-Leslie
Research Partner: Craig Taylor

Associate Dean, Research

Joanna Harrington

Joanna Harrington holds the Eldon Foote Chair in International Business and Law at the University of Alberta. A law professor for over 20 years, she is experienced in SSHRC grant adjudications, external fellowships, government secondments, and faculty evaluation. Her administrative experience includes a five-year term as an associate dean with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, and she brings experience in international partnerships, with capacity-building project work with the United Nations Development Programme and past service as a legal adviser with Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada). She has been a visiting professor at the University of New South Wales, the University of Oxford, and the University of Texas at Austin, the latter as the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair in Policy Studies, and she is a past member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Director, Office of Research

Oliver Rossier

Oliver Rossier supports research by helping create safer spaces for complex conversations. Oliver has a BA in History and Political Science, and an MA in Communications and Technology. He has more than 20 years of post-secondary administrative experience - and has served on the University of Alberta Board of Governors and Senate, as well as several other local and national committees. Fun fact: Oliver is only ichi nensei (Grade 1) in Japanese, but can fold an origami bird behind his back.

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