Funding: SSHRC

Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the federal agency that supports university-based research and training in the social sciences and humanities. SSHRC applicants use an on-line system to create, but not submit, their SSHRC grant applications. Applicants must register to access the system.

NEW - Insight Grants (formerly the Standard Research Grant)

In order to create a simpler, more flexible and effective system of application and assessment, SSHRC is in the process of implementing its new umbrella programs, Talent, Insight and Connection. Under this new program architecture, SSHRC’s Research Portfolio recently launched the new Insight Grants (IG) funding opportunity. The IG will take the place of the Standard Research Grants and several of SSHRC’s former strategic grants.


  1. Elimination of the Notice of Intent (NOI).
  2. Submission of IG applications through the SSHRC online system used in previous IG competitions (applicant creates new form).
  3. The SSHRC format CV will be required for applicants and co-applicants, but not collaborators; same CV format as previous IG competitions.
  4. Collaborators will complete a profile on their accepted invitation.
  5. Creation of a multidisciplinary committee within each research group when the number of applications makes it possible. The applicant will need to click the « multicisplinary evaluation « box.

Additionally, in an effort to address failing success rates in IGs, SSHRC will implement the following measures:

  1. Reduction of the maximum grant to $400K.
  2. Reduction of the annual maximum to $100K.
  3. Clearer directives to adjudication committee members regarding their role in scrutinizing grant budgets.
  4. Implementation of a committee budget envelope to encourage greater scrutiny.

The internal deadlines are as follows:

  • The completed MRA form must be submitted To Research Services by Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 5 pm.
  • The full application internal deadline is NOON on Friday, October 14, 2016.

SSHRC Insight Grants provide up to $400,000 over 3-5 years for long-term research initiatives in the social sciences and humanities. Proposals may involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding, and where applicable may indicate their relevance to SSHRC’s priority areas. There is no separate funding envelope for new scholars and the adjudication process makes no distinction between new and regular scholars.

Value: $7,000 to $400,000, over three to five years. The maximum budget request in any year is $100,000. You can view further instructions and access the online application through SSHRC's online system.

The UTM internal deadline is Oct. 11 (5 pm) for the MRA form and Oct. 14 (noon) for the full SSHRC application submitted online.

Additionally, if you would like to receive editorial feedback, UTM faculty members should submit a draft of their proposal to Carla DeMarco by 5 pm on Friday, September 23, 2016.

Competition Information

NEW: Information Sessions

There will also be SSHRC Insight Grant Information Sessions for the 2016 competition held on all three campuses.

Tuesday, September 13
Deerfield Hall, Room 3075
10 to 11:30 AM

This workshop, presented by Research Services and two guest speakers: one from UTM's Library speaking to Open Access, the other a UTM faculty member, who recently served on a SSHRC adjudication committee. The info session will focus on the Insight Grant competition. RSVP

Friday, September 9
Governing Council Chamber, Simcoe Hall
9:30 to 11 am 

Thursday, September 8
MW 324 (Social Sciences Building)
10 to 11:30 am

NEW - SSHRC Webinar 

SSHRC will be holding webinars on upcoming competitions. This is open to applicants and research administrators. You do not need to register in advance.

The webinars will be held at the following times:



Adobe Connect link

Insight Grants (English)


Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 13:30-15:30 ET


Insight Grants (French)


Thursday, September 8, 2016, 13:30-15:30 ET

Preparing an application involving research-creation for Insight Grants (English)


Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 13:30-15:30 ET

Preparing an application involving research-creation for Insight Grants (French)


Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 13:30-15:30 ET


Partnership Development Grants (English)


Tuesday, October 4, 2016,  12:00-14:00 ET

Partnership Development Grants (French)


Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 12:00-14:00 ET


Partnership Grants – Letter of Intent (English)


Wednesday, October 19, 2016 , 12:00-14:00 ET

Partnership Grants – Letter of Intent (French)


Thursday, October 20, 2016, 12:00-14:00 ET

Connection Grants (English)


Monday, November 7, 2016 , 12:00-14:00 ET

Connection Grants (French)


Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 12:00-14:00 ET