SSHRC – Image, Text, Sound and Technology (ITST)

The application form and instructions for SSHRC’s Image, Text, Sound & Technology (ITST) research grants are now available.  

Deadlines:  
Faculty of Education Dean’s Office: 1 week prior to agency deadline (2-3 weeks if you wish feedback on your application – submit to Karen Kueneman)
Research Western: no less than 3 days prior to agency deadline.
SSHRC: September 15, 2009 (for a decision in January 2010)

Value: Up to $50,000 for up to 2 years

Description: This program enables researchers to learn about and apply advanced technologies to the analysis of social statistics at university-based Research Data Centres across the country. Similarly, the ITST program will help researchers refine their ability to apply digital multimedia technologies to their research on image, text and sound.

The overall objectives of the ITST program are to 1) reflect on, interpret, and analyze new digital media, multimedia, and text-based computing technologies and integrate these into humanities and social sciences research; 2) bring together theorists, experimentalists, and technologists from different disciplines, to share and nurture ideas and methods that challenge research to advance through the use of audio-visual and text-based technologies; 3) facilitate the creation of national and international networks of, and partnerships among, researchers, industries, governments, and individuals that will promote and sustain social sciences and humanities research and resources worldwide.
The specific objectives of ITST Research Grants are to support projects that 1) employ innovative technological tools in image, text and sound to make social sciences and humanities research more efficient, effective and comprehensive;  2) devise new and creative applications for technology that offer valuable models that can be applied specifically to research in the social sciences and humanities.
Possible topics and areas to be addressed include electronic editing and publishing; e-literature; Web programming; immersive and virtual environments in multimedia research; textual analysis; 3 -D imaging technology; creativity, culture, and computing; digital image design; information aesthetics; computer gaming; knowledge transfer of research results to fellow researchers, decision makers and the public at large.

Applications are to be processed through Research Development Services for institutional signatures, and are to be accompanied by a completed RDAF form (bearing applicant and Assoc. Dean Signatures).

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