SSHRC – Insight Grant 2016 *updated info under special notes


Social Science and Humanities Research Council

For More Information

For more information, please go to SSHRC ID website.


The objectives of the Insight program are to:

  • build knowledge and understanding from disciplinary, interdisciplinary and/or cross-sector perspectives through support for the best researchers;
  • support new approaches to research on complex and important topics, including those that transcend the capacity of any one scholar, institution or discipline;
  • provide a high-quality research training experience for students;
  • fund research expertise that relates to societal challenges and opportunities; and
  • mobilize research knowledge, to and from academic and non-academic audiences, with the potential to lead to intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit and impact. 


Emerging and Established Faculty, Postdoctoral Fellows (read eligibility guidelines).

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.

Funding Availability

Maximum $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.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Three to five years.

Special Notes

Researchers may not apply, as applicant, for an Insight Grant and an Insight Development Grant within the same calendar year.

Researchers may apply, as applicant, for only one Insight Grant at a time.

Researchers are encouraged to verify that the expenses in the budget are accurate and eligible; and that the budget and budget justification correspond to one another.

The Office of Research processes a high volume of grants at this time. Note that by submitting your application you are agreeing to SSHRC's Terms and Conditions, certifying that:

“the information provided in the application is complete, accurate and consistent with institutional policies to the best of his/her knowledge.…”

In order to best serve applicants who submit complete applications on/before the posted internal deadlines, the grants team will only review complete applications. Applicants who submit incomplete applications or who request to make revisions to their applications at the time of submission, or after submission, will be advised to resubmit when their application is complete. As such, these applications will begin to be processed when submitted as ‘complete’.

Due to the volume of applications expected, while ORS staff will put forward their best efforts, ORS cannot guarantee the review, approval and/or submission of applications that are received after the internal deadline. Further, in these cases, ORS may not be able to complete the full scope of review activities as per the Office of Research Review & Minimum Processing Times. 

Please review the following resources when preparing your application (link to these):

Grant Writing Tips
Budget Tips
SSHRC application guidelines (including eligible expenses)
2015 Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide


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

Internal Deadline

Please submit your application/proposal along with an OR5 form to

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

External Deadline

How to Apply

Applications will be submitted electronically by the Office of Research Services – Eligible PhD students and Postdoctoral researchers may submit their applications directly to SSHRC

For Questions, please contact

Tel.: 613-996-6976

Or contact the program officer for your field of research (see the SSHRC IG website)

Office of Research

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

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