The goal of the Insight program is to build knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world by supporting research excellence in all subject areas eligible for funding from SSHRC. 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.

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

Emerging scholars: This funding supports high-quality research projects by emerging scholars to develop new research questions and/or approaches. Such projects may build on and further the applicant’s (or team’s) graduate work and/or represent a continuation of their overall research trajectory.Established scholars: Funding for established scholars provides support to explore new research questions and/or approaches that are distinct from the applicant’s previous/ongoing research. Research projects should be clearly delimited and in the early stages of the research process. Insight Development Grant funding is not intended to support ongoing research for established scholars.

New this year and of particular interest to applicants:

  • Applicants can select a specific adjudication committee to evaluate their application instead of a research group;
  • The adjudication committee structure will include disciplinary, multidisciplinary and thematic committees;
  • Specific instructions for applicants who have selected one of the two multidisciplinary committees have been added to the Summary of Proposal module;
  • A Reviewer Exclusion module has been added; and
  • The PDF formatting of the Funds Requested from SSHRC module has been improved.

Eligibility

Subject Matter

  • Most SSHRC funding is awarded through open competitions.
  • Proposals may involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. Please see Subject Matter Eligibility for more information.
  • Projects whose primary objective is curriculum development, organization of a conference or workshop, digitization of a collection, or the creation of a database are not eligible for 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.

Applicants

  • Insight Development Grant applications may be submitted by an individual researcher or by a team of researchers (consisting of one applicant and one or more co-applicants and/or collaborators). All team members must meet the eligibility criteria specific to their category (see below).
  • Applicants should consult SSHRC’s definition of emerging scholar to determine eligibility to apply as such.
  • Applicants (except postdoctoral researchers and PhD students) must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution at the time of application. If the Canadian postsecondary institution with which they are affiliated is not a SSHRC eligible institution, the institution must meet the requirements to administer grants and awards, as outlined in the Institutional Eligibility Requirements for the Administration of Grants and Awards, and must contact SSHRC at least five business days prior to the application deadline to begin the eligibility process. Applicants successful in the Insight Development Grants competition must be affiliated with an eligible institution 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 within the Insight Development Grants funding opportunity.
  • Applicants (or project directors, where applicable) who have received a SSHRC grant of any type but have failed to submit a final research report or final activity report by the deadline specified in their Notice of Award are not eligible to apply for another SSHRC grant until they have submitted the report.

Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to be applicants for an Insight Development Grant. However, in order for SSHRC to release grant funds, successful applicants must formally establish an affiliation with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution within three months of the grant start date (i.e., by September 2017 for the current competition), and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.

For full grant details, click here.

Funding

  • Maximum amount: $7,000 – $75,000
  • Maximum duration:1 – 2 years

For the current competition, at least 50 per cent of funds will be reserved for applications from emerging scholars.

Helpful Links

Deadlines

CORIS Internal Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Checklist Deadline January 26, 2017
Submission to Sponsor February 2, 2018

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.

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