SSHRC Insight Development Grants

SPARC Support Currently Offered: Yes

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.

As of May 1st, researchers applying to this competition must comply with new and updated Government of Canada research security requirements. 

UBC’s Research Security team is available to provide support and resources related to these new requirements, as well as to guide you in implementing best practices to safeguard your research.

Funding is provided for short-term research development projects, of up to two years, proposed by individuals or teams. Insight Development Grants (IDGs) are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program.

Insight Development Grants foster research in its early stages, but are not intended to support large-scale initiatives. Long-term research support is offered through SSHRC’s Insight Grants.

Applicants unsuccessful in a prior round of Insight Development Grant funding may apply to UBC's internal bridge funding

Application Process

The Insight Development Grant program follows a single application cycle each year, with SPARC support beginning in early November for the annual deadline in February.

Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for projects ranging from 1 to 2 years in length between $7,000 and $75,000. A minimum of 50% of the funding envelope is reserved for emerging scholars each year. Applications are evaluated and adjudicated through a competitive merit review process based on specific evaluation criteria. Applications involving Indigenous research may undergo a more tailored adjudication. Decisions are typically communicated to UBC in June.

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Early November
Mid-November to December
Mid-to-late January
Late January


Support & Resources

Criteria Review

Our team can provide detailed editorial feedback on well-developed application sections before submission. See deadlines for submission to criteria review.

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Internal Peer-Review Program

SPARC assembles an internal peer-review program with UBC faculty members to provide critical, constructive feedback on full proposals.


Sample Grant Library & Other Internal Resources

Check out our comprehensive sample grant library and additional resources curated specifically for UBC researchers. 

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Application Guide for UBC Researchers

A comprehensive guide for applying to the Insight Development Grant program, exclusive to UBC researchers. CWL is required to view.

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Workshops & Info Sessions

We offer dedicated workshops to assist UBC researchers in developing strong grant proposals.

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Danica Kell
Research Development Officer, Social Sciences & Humanities

SPARC support services

Dr. Lisa Sundstrom
Social Sciences & Humanities Research Advisor (SSHRC), UBC
Professor, Political Science

Advocacy and advice

UBC's Grant Facilitation Network
Research support personnel based in the faculties
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Various grant support



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