SSHRC Insight Development Grants - 2018 Competition

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)


Insight Development Grants (IDG)

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Please see this Research Alert regarding information for webinars hosted by SSHRC in December 2018

Application and Instructions - For Offline Reference - 2018 IDG Competition


Insight Development Grants support research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas. Funding is provided for short-term research development projects of up to two years, proposed by individuals or teams. Insight Development Grants foster research in its early stages, but are not intended to support large-scale initiatives. SSHRC welcomes applications involving Aboriginal research, as well as those involving research-creation.

Within the Insight Development Grants funding opportunity, funding is available for two distinct categories of scholars: emerging scholars and established scholars.

Emerging Scholars: Funding supports high quality research projects to develop new research questions and/or approaches. Such projects may build on and further the applicant's (or team's) graduate work and/or represent a continuation of their overall research trajectory.

Established Scholars: Funding provides support to explore new research questions and/or approaches that are distinct from the applicant's previous/ongoing research. Research projects should be clearly delimited and in the early stages of the research process. Insight Development Grant funding is not intended to support ongoing research for established scholars.


Faculty, Postdoctoral Fellows (see Eligibility Guidelines)

Maximum Project Value

The maximum value is $75,000 over one to two years. A mimimum budget of $7,000 in at least one of the years is required. For the current competition, at least 50 percent of funds will be reserved for applications from emerging scholars.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

One - two years

Special Notes

New this year and of particular interest to applicants:
  • Applicants can select a specific adjudication committee to evaluate their application instead of a research group;
  • The adjudication committee structure will include disciplinary, multidisciplinary and thematic committees;
  • Specific instructions for applicants who have selected one of the two multidisciplinary committees have been added to the Summary of Proposal module;
  • A Reviewer Exclusion module has been added; and
  • The PDF formatting of the Funds Requested from SSHRC module has been improved.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit your application/proposal along with an OR-5 form to:

External Deadline

The Office of Research will forward the application online to SSHRC for faculty.

How to Apply

Instructions for the IDG application can be found within the application form. However, the attached PDF document (under "Attachments" section) can be used to assist applicants, administrators and research officers who wish to consult the instructions offline.

Detailed information is also available to applicants preparing an IDG research-creation application. Applicants must complete the application form in accordance to the instructions. Applications will be submitted via the Research Portal by the Research Grants Officer.  Eligible PhD students and postdoctoral researchers may submit their applications directly to SSHRC.

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution's deadline to review the application, for your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 form).

For Questions, please contact

For technical questions please contact:
Tel.: 613-995-4273

For Programs-related questions please contact:
Research Grants and Partnerships Division
Tel.: 613-996-6976

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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