SSHRC Insight Program

SSHRC provides funding for research carried out by individual scholars and teams of researchers.

See here for rules on applying for an IG and IDG in the same calendar year.


Insight Grants

Overview: Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging scholars and established scholars for research initiatives of two to five years. Insight Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight Research program.

Value: Stream A: $7,000 to $100,000; Stream B: $100,001 to $400,000

Duration: 2–5 years

Nearest deadlines:

  • UTM editorial review deadline (optional): September 9, 2024, Noon ET
  • UTM MRA deadline: September 19, 2024, Noon ET*
  • U of T internal deadline to submit application on the SSHRC web-based application system: September 27, 2024, 9 am ET
  • Sponsor deadline: October 1, 2024, 8 pm ET

*UTM faculty must submit MRAs by September 19 to allow time for divisional approval before the U of T Research Services Office (RSO) MRA deadline of September 23.




Insight Development Grants

Overview: 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 that are proposed by individuals or teams. SSHRC welcomes applications involving Indigenous research, as well as those involving research-creation. Applications should respond to the objectives of the Insight Program. Funding is available for two distinct categories of scholars:

  • Emerging scholars who will 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 who will explore new research questions and/or approaches that are distinct from the applicant’s previous/ongoing research.

Value:   $7,000 to $75,000

Duration: 1-2 years


  • UTM MRA Deadline: Friday, January 19, 2024
  • U of T internal deadline to submit application on SSHRC Research Portal9am - Tuesday, January 30, 2024