Social Sciences & Humanities Peer Awards (SSHPA) is an ecosystem of a scientific database and a science communication website. The project was funded by Vietnam National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED) under the National Research Grant No. 502.01-2018.19. The SSHPA database was validated by Nature's Scientific Data.
The Social Sciences Humanities Peer Award (SSHPA) is the first effort to build a comprehensive database of Vietnamese social sciences and humanities researchers. The project was initiated by Dr. Vuong Quan Hoang, and funded by Vietnam National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED) under the National Research Grant No. 502.01-2018.19 from 2018 until 2021. The SSHPA project consists of the first Vietnamese national database on social sciences and humanities and the first Vietnamese science communication website.
The SSHPA database is accessible from URL: https://sshpa.com/.
The SSHPA SciComm system is accessible from URL: https://sc.sshpa.com/.
The SSHPA database is an open database on the scientific output of Vietnamese researchers in social sciences and humanities . An in-depth exploration of the database was published in Nature's Scientific Data :
"This study presents a description of an open database on scientific output of Vietnamese researchers in social sciences and humanities, one that corrects for the shortcomings in current research publication databases such as data duplication, slow update, and a substantial cost of doing science. Here, using scientists’ self-reports, open online sources and cross-checking with Scopus database, we introduce a manual system and its semi-automated version of the database on the profiles of 657 Vietnamese researchers in social sciences and humanities who have published in Scopus-indexed journals from 2008 to 2018. The final system also records 973 foreign co-authors, 1,289 papers, and 789 affiliations. The data collection method, highly applicable for other sources, could be replicated in other developing countries while its content be used in cross-section, multivariate, and network data analyses. The open database is expected to help Vietnam revamp its research capacity and meet the public demand for greater transparency in science management."
The database has been a foundation for many scientific publications from 2017 until now:
The SSHPA SciComm system shares techniques, experiences in conducting research, publishing papers internationally, writing a research paper, and meeting the demand of peer reviewers, and updating new findings in the social sciences and humanities. The goal is to elevate the status of Vietnamese SS&H worldwide and reduce the cost of doing science  in the Vietnamese social sciences community.
The SSHPA SciComm system has contributed important insights about science to the Vietnamese public, notably: