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 online system to create and submit their SSHRC-grant applications. Applicants must first register to access the system.


Insight Grants

Insight Development Grants

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 as of 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.

Please note that unsuccessful applicants from IDG 2021 may apply for an IG. Usually researchers may not apply as applicant for an Insight Grant and an Insight Development Grant within the same calendar year.

The internal deadlines are as follows:

  • NB: The SSHRC deadline is early this year on October 1, so the internal deadlines are adjusted accordingly.
  • The completed MRA form must be submitted to Research Services by noon on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.
  • The full application internal deadline is 9 am on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.
  • SAVE THE DATE: UofT's Research Services is running an information session on July 27 from 10-11:30 am. Mark Bold will be leading the session with Prof Simon Stern (Faculty of Law/Dept of English) providing a recent adjudicator's perspective. Full details and registration to be circulated soon.

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 9 am Sept. 23 for the MRA form and  9 am Sept. 28 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 Thurday, September 3, 2020.

Competition Information

NEW - SSHRC Grant-writing cohort program at UTM for 2021!

UTM Information Session

Date: TBC

Social sciences and humanities researchers will obtain important information to complete the fall 2020 SSHRC Insight Grant (IG) application, along with tips and strategies to increase the chances of success. 

Presenter includes:

  • Carla DeMarco, ResearchCommunications & Grants Manager, UTM.


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 (2021 webinar times TBC):


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. These awards are not intended to support ongoing initiatives.Insight Development Grants 


  • Applicants 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.

Proposed IDG projects may involve, but are not limited to, case studies; pilot initiatives; and critical analyses of existing research. Projects may also involve national and international research collaboration, and may explore new ways of producing, structuring and mobilizing knowledge within and across disciplines and sectors. The primary objective of the project cannot be curriculum development, conference/workshop organization, digitization of a collection or creation of a database.

Funding is available for two distinct categories of scholars: established scholars and emerging scholars (as defined by SSHRC).

  • Established scholars: Funding for established scholars provides support to explore new research questions and approaches that are distinct from the applicant’s previous/ongoing research. These questions and approaches may or may not lie outside the scholar’s existing area(s) of specialization.
  • Emerging scholars: This funding supports high-quality research projects by emerging scholars to develop new research questions and/or approaches. Such projects may represent a continuation of the applicant’s (or team’s) graduate work and/or overall research trajectory.

Please note that in any given calendar year, a researcher cannot be the applicant on both an Insight Development Grant and an Insight Grant.

APPLICATION PROCESS: The Insight Development Grant is submitted through the Research Community Portal, and uses the Canadian Common CV format:

  • Complete and submit your SSHRC application by following the instructions on SSHRC’s Research Community Portal
  • Complete your Canadian Common CV on the CCV website and upload a copy to your SSHRC application (Note: SSHRC CV format will not be accepted).  It is strongly recommended that you begin this process well in advance of the competition deadline to allow time to register and ensure that your co-applicants do the same.
  • Complete your MRA (My Research Application) form to obtain departmental/divisional approval.  These approvals should be completed prior to the internal deadline.


Research Services will hold an information session and grant-writing workshop. The session will cover eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria, proposal development and submission, including Q&A. An IDG selection committee member will discuss the adjudication process and tips for writing a strong proposal.

SSHRC webinars on the 2018 Insight Development Grant:


  • Research Services IDG information session and IDG budget webinar: available on their website (UTORid and password required) in Additional Resources section. 

Please refer to the Research Services website for further resources,, also to the following documents:


  • 9 AM – Monday, January 25, 2021– completed My Research Application form (submitted and approved,i.e. please submit MRA at least two days earlier)
  • 9 AM – Friday, January 29, 2021 – completed SSHRC Application (including CCV upload) submitted via SSHRC website; please note that after submission online by applicant, in order to be received by SSHRC the application must be forwarded to them by Research Services


  • Departments may have earlier internal deadlines. Please contact your department for details of submission requirements.
  • The MRA approval process should be started well in advance of the internal deadline as it can take several business days to obtain the necessary approvals.
  • If you hold a Status Only or Emeritus appointment, you will need to ask to have an MRA account set up.

Please note: Submitting your online application means you are ready for Research Services to forward your proposal to SSHRC. Research Services will not review the content of your application but will verify your eligibility, and that of your co-applicants, to hold a research grant at UofT. Research Services will return applications only to those who do not meet the University’s criteria to hold a research grant. If you have questions about the Insight Development Grant program, please contact Research Services prior to the January 29, 2021 internal deadline.