Research Communication Challenges

Calling all storytellers, Policy Makers, data journalists, social media masters and aspiring filmmakers!


Interna16-011-B-ForeignPolicytional Policy Ideas Challenge 2017 seeks to tap into Canada’s emerging scholars and graduate student talent for international policy ideas on emerging trends and issues affecting key priorities in Canadian international policy.

Submission deadline: Monday, Mar. 13, 2017. Full contest rules can be found on the Global Affairs Canada website:


img-hero-enScience Action challenges you to create a short, creative video that will get Canadians excited about science and engineering research. Submission deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 at 3:59 p.m (ET). First prize of $3500, second prize of $3000, third prize of $2750 and runner up prize of $2500.

Explaining research in 60 seconds takes skill, talent and planning. Get inspired and watch winning videos here!



SSHRC’s Stscreen-shot-2016-12-16-at-2-11-34-pmorytellers is a spoken word video challenge to show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research affects our lives. Three minutes or 300 words. Submission deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. (ET). Top 25 finalists receive $3,000 cash prize, Congress registration & lodging, communications master class.

Watch videos of the 2016 SSHRC Storyteller winners. The story should be creative, push boundaries, surprise them with something new, compelling and clear. For more details about the Storytellers’ Challenge view the ppt here >> Storyteller’s Eligibility and Criteria



screen-shot-2016-12-16-at-2-33-36-pmScience Exposed is a photographic competition organized by NSERC and devoted exclusively to images of scientific research. Submission deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. (ET). 3 jury prizes of $2000 and a peoples choice prize of $1000. Find out more details about Science Exposed here.


See 2016 finalist, research team lead by Brock bioligist Glenn Tattersall image (entitled, ‘Burning Love’ ) and story in the Brock News.


For information and coaching supports, please contact Cathy Majtenyi Office of Research Services or Karin Perry, Faculty of Graduate Studies.