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.

NEW for 2017

  1. Grant period requested can be from two to five years; this marks a change from previous years, in that the minimum length was three years. All grants still have an automatic one-year extension.
  2. You can opt for a choice of funding stream according to budget size: Stream A for requests between $7,000 and $100,000 over 2-5 years; or Stream B for requests between $100,001 and $400,000 over 2-5 years.
  3. Expanded funding of health-related research with a focus on social sciences and humanities.

The internal deadlines are as follows:

  • The completed MRA form must be submitted to Research Services by Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 5 pm.
  • The full application internal deadline is NOON on Friday, October 13, 2017.

SSHRC Insight Grants provide up to $400,000 over 2-5 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 two to five years. 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. 13 (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 22, 2017.

Competition Information

NEW: Information Sessions

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

Thursday, September 14
Deerfield Hall, Room 3075
2:30 to 4 pm

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

Tuesday, September 12
Governing Council Chamber, Simcoe Hall, 2nd floor
2:30 to 4 pm 

Thursday, August 31
Instruction Centre, Room 318
10 am to 12 pm

NEW - SSHRC Webinars 

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, 2017, 13:30-15:30 ET


Insight Grants (French)


Thursday, September 8, 2017, 13:30-15:30 ET



Partnership Development Grants (English)


Tuesday, October 17, 2017,  14:00-16:00 ET


Partnership Development Grants (French)
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 14:00-16:00 ET

Partnership Grants – Letter of Intent (English)


Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 12:00-14:00 ET

Partnership Grants – Letter of Intent (French)


Thursday, October 20, 2017, 12:00-14:00 ET

Connection Grants (English)


Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 12:30-15:00 ET

Connection Grants (French)


Tuesday, November 9, 2017, 12:30-15:00 ET