Federation announces major investments in scholarly books

April 4, 2023

The Federation is excited to announce a major new investment in Canadian scholarly books, through its flagship Scholarly Book Awards (formally known as the ASPP). Over the next three years, the Federation will invest $800,000 in the publication and translation of scholarly books, building on over 80 years of contributions to Canadian scholarship and more than 8,000 books published to date. 

As of today, and following close consultations with members and partners to modernize the awards and embed principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization (EDID), the Federation is launching new grants for Open Access books and chapters, more than doubling its translation grant, and creating a dedicated Indigenous language translation grant. 

This increased support will forge meaningful pathways to success for authors and their works, expanding opportunities to publish exceptional scholarship in Canada in different languages and formats, while enabling open and equitable access for readers. 

The Scholarly Book Awards champion the critical necessity of long-form scholarly publishing as a key contributor to the advancement of an inclusive, democratic, and prosperous society. Through these developments, the awards will meet and anticipate the rapidly changing environment of scholarly publishing in Canada, and support the future of scholarly books so that they may continue to enrich the social, cultural, and intellectual lives of people across this country and the world.  

The Federation would like to thank the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for their support in this landmark achievement.  

To find out more about the Scholarly Book Awards and apply, visit www.federationhss.ca/scholarly-book-awards

We invite you to follow and contribute to the conversation on social media via @federation_hss using the hashtags #scholarlybookawards and #bringingthebooktolife. 

Please direct any questions to aspp-paes@federationhss.ca.

What’s new as of today: 

  1. The Federation has begun phasing-in Open Access publishing targets, offering a total of 108 supplemental grants (54 for books and 54 for chapters) over the next three years. Authors and publishers can now apply for the new supplemental Open Access book and chapter grants as part of the publication grant process. 
  2. Funding for translation grants has increased from $12,000 to $30,000.  
  3. One translation grant is exclusively reserved for Indigenous language translations.