SSHRC Insight Development Grants 2020 Competition


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the program's websites for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria

WEBINARS: SSHRC will be holding two webinars on the upcoming Insight Development Grants (IDG) 2020 competition.

The webinars will outline what is new this year and focus on responding to questions. Advance registration is not required. They will be held via WebEx (for the visual presentation, written questions and audio) on the following dates:

Date Time Topic Language Link to meeting

December 18, 2019

10:00-11:30 AM ET

IDG 101 and Updates


December 18, 2019

1:30-3:00 PM ET

IDG 101 and Updates


For technical questions please contact:    


Tel.: 613-995-4273


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 and are not intended to support large-scale initiatives. SSHRC welcomes applications involving Aboriginal research, as well as those involving research-creation.

Proposed projects may involve, but are not limited to, the following types of research activities:

  • case studies;
  • pilot initiatives; and
  • critical analyses of existing research.

Projects may also involve national and international research collaboration, and the exploration of new ways of producing, structuring and mobilizing knowledge within and across disciplines and sectors.

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

SSHRC and its partner organizations offer initiatives that complement this funding opportunity:



Applicants (except postdoctoral researchers and PhD students) must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution at the time of application and before funding can be released. 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.


An individual is eligible to be a co-applicant if they are formally affiliated with any of the following:

  • Canadian: Eligible postsecondary institution.
  • International: Postsecondary institution.

In the case of international co-applicants, the rationale for international collaboration must be clearly outlined in the application.

Postdoctoral Fellows (see Eligibility Guidelines)

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.

For more information on the Insight Development Grant application forms and process, please read the Research Portal FAQs and Canadian Common CV FAQs.


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:

Applicant must hit 'submit' on the on-line SSHRC portal on or before the internal deadline.

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

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