SSHRC Insight Grants – U of G Internal Notice of Intent


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)


Insight Grants – U of G Internal Notice of Intent (NOI)


The next upcoming SSHRC Insight Grant competition is anticipated in October 2015. The University of Guelph wishes to improve its performance in this competition, relative to recent years, and accordingly, is taking steps well ahead of the competition announcement by SSHRC to plan and strategize for the best chances of success. In order to plan effectively, the Office of Research Services, along with college-level administrators (Associate Deans Research, College Research Managers) ask researchers to submit a U of G Internal NOI for consideration (see below under “How to apply”). Although submission of an NOI is not mandatory, researchers are greatly encouraged to do so as a means of taking part in an institutional effort to improve success rates. This effort includes using the NOI to gauge the level of resources needed to assist applicant success in the upcoming competition. 


In addition to meeting SSHRC’s eligibility criteria, applicants must hold a faculty position at the University of Guelph for the term of the grant, e.g. regular full-time, contractually-limited, or adjunct.

Maximum Project Value

Based on the information available for the 2014 Insight Grant competition, the maximum project value is $500,000, over three to five years. A minimum request of $7,000 is required in at least one of the years. A maximum of $200,000 is available in a single year.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Based on the information available for the 2014 Insight Grant competition, project duration ranges from three to five years.

Special Notes

At the time of this release (April 2015), the 2015 Insight Gant competition information has not been announced by SSHRC. The Office of Research Services will provide additional information regarding the opportunity following SSHRC’s announcement.


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

Internal Deadline

to Office of Research Services: Please submit your completed U of G Internal Notice of Intent, to An OR-5 Form is NOT required as part of the NOI stage.

How to Apply

A completed U of G Internal Notice of Intent includes the following (provide a Word document, with sections/headers for each section listed below; single-spaced; 12-point font):

  • Application Title
  • Research Group – select from following list, based on SSHRC’s webpage:
    • Group 1: History; mediaeval studies; classics; literature; fine arts; philosophy; religious studies; and related fields.
    • Group 2: Anthropology; archaeology; linguistics; translation; political science; public administration; law; criminology; geography; urban planning and environmental studies; and related fields.
    • Group 3: Business and management; economics; and related fields.
    • Group 4: Sociology; demography; communication studies; journalism; media studies; gender studies; cultural studies; library and information science; and related fields.
    • Group 5: Education, psychology; social work; and related fields.
  • Applicant (name of PI)
  • Abstract of Proposed Research
    • Provide a 100-200 word summary of your research proposal written in clear, plain language.
  • Names and e-mail addresses of two to three potential external reviewers*

*External reviewers:

  • May be U of G faculty.
  • When suggesting names of external reviewers, please recommend researchers/faculty who will provide you with detailed constructive feedback that will be helpful in improving your likelihood of success.
  • It is recommended that your list of potential external reviewers include current SSHRC Insight Grant holders or review committee members in your discipline. Please identify any such reviewers as such.
For Questions, please contact

Office of Research

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

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