SSHRC Insight Grant - Fall 2022


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

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For additional information, please visit the SSHRC IG website for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


Insight Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program.

Insight Grants support research proposed by scholars and judged worthy of funding by their peers and/or other experts. Insight Grant research initiatives can be undertaken by an individual researcher or a team of researchers working in collaboration.

Applicants choose from one of two streams, depending on the amount of funding required. Both streams will be adjudicated by the same committees, and will receive the same rigorous level of merit review. The deadlines and application process are identical for both; however, the targeted success rate for Stream A is higher than for Stream B.

SSHRC welcomes applications involving Indigenous research, as well as those involving research-creation.

SSHRC invites all applicants to review Imagining Canada’s Future’s 16 future global challenges and to consider addressing one or more of these areas in their research proposal. This is not an evaluation criterion for merit review and does not offer additional or dedicated research funds for this funding opportunity.


SSHRC will organize two webinars for applicants and research administrators to provide information concerning the upcoming IG October 2022 competition via WebEx, including a question answer session. Advance registration is not required. Detailed information of the webinars is below:

French - September 1, 2022 from 10:00 - 11:30 am via WebEx

English - September 1, 2022 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm via WebEx


Applications can be submitted by an individual researcher or a team of researchers (consisting of one applicant and one or more co-applicants and/or collaborators).

Applicants (except postdoctoral fellows and PhD students) must be affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution that holds institutional eligibility 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.

Individuals listed as co-applicants must meet the same eligibility criteria as those described under the Applicants section

Any individual who makes a significant contribution to the project is eligible to be a collaborator. Collaborators do not need to be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution.

Postdoctoral fellows are eligible to be applicants for this grant. However, in order for SSHRC to release grant funds, successful applicants must formally establish an affiliation with a Canadian postsecondary institution that meets the requirements for institutional eligibility within five months of the grant start date (i.e., by September 2023 for the current competition), and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.

Maximum Project Value

Insight Grants are valued at up to $400,000. A minimum request of $7,000 is required in at least one of the years. A maximum of $100,000 is available in a single year.

Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for research initiatives.

Applicants can choose from one of two streams when applying for an Insight Grant, depending on the amount of funding required:

  • Stream A for requests between $7,000 and $100,000; or
  • Stream B for requests between $100,001 and $400,000.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

2 to 5 years

Special Notes

The pilot Tri-Agency Interdisciplinary Peer Review (TAIPR) Committee has been extended for a second year. Applicants whose projects integrate research areas, methods, approaches, etc., from at least two of the three of the (1) social sciences and humanities; (2) natural sciences and engineering; and/or (3) health and wellness research fields may direct their proposals to this committee by selecting Committee 24 in the IG application form. More details can be found on the TAIPR landing page.

Subject matter

Most SSHRC funding is awarded through open competitions. Proposals can involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. See subject matter eligibility for more information.

Projects whose primary objective is curriculum development, program evaluation, preparation of teaching materials, organization of a conference or workshop, digitization of a collection, or creation of a database are not eligible for funding under this funding opportunity.

An application will be declared ineligible if it is determined 30% or more of the requested budget has been allocated to ineligible expenses.


Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page



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

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit a copy of the complete application along with an OR5 form to:

Postdoctoral Fellows who are employed by U of Guelph must also submit a copy of their application and an OR5 form signed by their supervisor to:

Applicant must also hit ‘Submit’ on the SSHRC portal on or before the internal deadline for your application to be considered 'on time'.

External Deadline

Applications will be submitted electronically by the Office of Research Services via the online SSHRC application portal.

Eligible Postdoctoral researchers may submit their applications directly to SSHRC.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the application form in accordance with application instructions. 

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


Technical questions, please contact:   
Tel.: 613-995-4273

Office of Research

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

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