SSHRC Insight Development Grants

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.

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

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SSHRC IDG Program Quick Facts
  • Application Deadline: February 2nd
    • Full submission timelines and instructions can be found on the ORS webpage.
  • Funding available to both emerging and established scholars, for 1-2 year projects
    • Minimum Request: $7,000
    • Maximum Request: $75,000
  • 50% (minimum) of budget envelope reserved for emerging scholars
  • Apply through the Research Portal
  • Applications require a Canadian Common CV (CCV)

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SPARC Support Services & Resources


SPARC IDG Workshop Schedule

2021 Competition Workshops:

Information and schedule to be posted Winter 2020

SPARC Criteria Review

Applicants who successfully complete the Internal Peer Review program will be invited to submit second drafts to SPARC for a full proposal review.

All applicants can submit their 1 pg Research Summary and/or their Expected Outcomes Summary for module review.

SPARC Internal Review for SSHRC IDG
SPARC Internal Review steps: 
Notification of Intent to participate

November 30, 2020

Email Danica Kell ( noting your intent to participate in Internal Review (IR)

One page research summary due

December 3, 2020

Email Danica Kell ( a copy of your 1 pg research summary, and the simple IR Form to be used for reviewer matching purposes. 

Draft Application due to SPARC

December 7, 2020

Email the following application modules, in a single Word document (for ease of reviewing) to Danica Kell:

  • Revisions to Previous Application (if applicable; optional)
  • Summary of Proposal
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Roles and Training of Students
  • Knowledge Mobilization Plan
  • Expected Outcomes (Scholarly, Societal, and Potential Target Audiences)
  • Funds Requested From SSHRC & Justification
  • Detailed Description
  • Timelines
  • List of References
  • Proposed vs. ongoing research (required for established scholars only)
Modules returned; incorporate reviewer feedback

December 21, 2020

Receive and incorporate reviewer feedback; if possible, meet with reviewer for discussion/follow-up

IDG applications due to ORS


Adhere to ORS guidelines

SSHRC IDG Program Statistics
UBC # submitted UBC # awarded UBC Success Rate UBC Funding National Success Rate National Funding
2016 67 37 55% ~$2M 45% ~$30M
2017 60 18 30% ~$1M 32% ~$22M
2018 75 49 65% ~$2.8M 59% ~$38M
2019 62 34 55% ~$1.8M 50% ~$32M


SPARC Contacts

Danica Kell, Research Support Officer, SPARC

Alan Kingstone, SSH Research Advisor, VPRI

Grant Facilitators