SSHRC Insight Development Grants 2019 Competition


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

For More Information

SSHRC Insight Development Grants website and application form

Applications require SSHRC Canadian Common CV (CCV)


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 and Postdoctoral Fellows (see Eligibility Guidelines)

Researchers who maintain an affiliation with a Canadian postsecondary institution, but whose primary affiliation is with a non-Canadian postsecondary institution, are not eligible for applicant status.

Proposals may involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. Please see Subject Matter Eligibility for more information.


Maximum Project Value

Insight Development Grants are valued at up to $75,000. A minimum budget of $7,000 in at least one of the years is required.

For the current competition, at least 50 per cent of funds will be reserved for applications from emerging scholars.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

up to 2 years

Special Notes

Note: Insight Development Grant funds cannot be used for the remuneration and/or travel and subsistence costs of presenters or guest speakers, or for research costs of collaborators.


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

Internal Deadline

Applicant, postdoctoral researcher (if applying through University of Guelph) to submit a copy of application along with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Applicants must complete the application form in accordance with accompanying instructions on the SSHRC research portal. Applications will be submitted electronically to SSHRC by the Office of Research Services.

Eligible 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, or 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 more information, contact:

Tel.: 613-996-6976

Office of Research

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

Alert Classifications
Funding Opportunities and Sponsor News

Social Sciences