SSHRC Insight Grants - Fall 2018


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)


Insight Grants support research proposed by scholars and judged worthy of funding by their peers and/or other experts. Insight Grant research initiatives may 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.


Emerging and Established Faculty, Postdoctoral Fellows (read eligibility guidelines). Applicants and co-applicants (except postdoctoral researchers and PhD students) must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution at the time of application.

Note: 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 or Co applicant status within the Insight Grants funding opportunity.

Please see Subject Matter Eligibility for eligible subject areas.

Maximum Project Value

Insight Grants are valued at $7,000 to $100,000 per year, up to a total of $400,000.

Applicants may choose 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

Two to five years

Special Notes

Insight Grant guidelines and how to apply.

Projects whose primary objective is curriculum development, organization of a conference or a workshop, digitization of a collection, or creation of a database are not eligible for Insight Grants funding.

An application will be declared ineligible if it is determined that more than 30 per cent of the requested budget has been allocated to ineligible expenses. Note that Insight Grant funds may not be used for the remuneration and/or travel and subsistence costs of presenters or guest speakers.

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Insight Grant Application Instructions


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:

Applicants must also hit ‘Submit’ on the portal on or before the internal deadline.

External Deadline

Applications will be submitted electronically by the Office of Research Services – 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, 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

Tel.: 613-996-6976

Office of Research

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

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