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

Internal CWL-protected Resources

SPARC Support Services & Resources


SPARC IDG Workshop Schedule

2018 Competition Workshops:

Workshop for Re-Applicants: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017, 1:30pm-3:30pm

Workshop for New Applicants: Thursday, November 16th, 2017, 1:30pm-3:30pm

IDG Boot Camp: Tuesday, Nov 21st, 2017, 9am - 4pm (if you're unable to join for the whole day, but would like to attend part of the session, please email, directly)

Peer-Editing Module Workshops:
Knowledge Mobilization Plan & Expected Outcomes Summary: Thursday, January 11th - 1:30pm-3:30pm

Student Training: Tuesday, January 16th - 1:30pm-3:30pm

1-page Research Summary: Friday, January 19th - 1:30pm-3:30pm

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 by or before January 24th, 2018.

All applicants can submit their 1 pg Research Summary and/or their Expected Outcomes Summary for module review by or before January 24th, 2018.

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

November 22, 2017

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

One page research summary due

November 27, 2017

Email Danica Kell ( a copy of your 1 pg research summary, to be used for reviewer matching purposes. Then, please look for a confirmation email outlining your next required steps (e.g., submission of 1-page research summary, research evaluation group details, etc.).

Draft Application due to SPARC

December 4, 2017

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 18, 2017

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
2013 41 15 37% ~$889K 30% ~$18M
2014 57 19 33% ~$1.2M 25% ~$17M
2015 74 18 24% ~$1M 24% ~$17M
2016 67 37 55% ~$2M 45% ~$30M


SPARC Contacts