SSHRC Insight Grants

Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for  research initiatives of two to five years.

Stable support for  research initiatives is central to advancing knowledge. It enables scholars to address complex issues pertaining to individuals and societies, and to further our collective understanding.

For scholars interested in carrying out research in its initial stages, SSHRC also provides support by way of its Insight Development Grants.

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SSHRC IG Program Quick Facts
  • Application Deadline: October 15th 
  • NEW: Insight Grant Streams A & B
    • Stream A: $7,000 - $100,000 over 2-5 years
    • Stream B: $100,000 - $200,000 over 2-5 years
    • Streams A & B will use the same application modules and be evaluated by the same criteria
  • Apply using online forms system
  • Evaluation Criteria:
    • Challenge – the aim and importance of the endeavour (40%)
    • Feasibility – the plan to achieve excellence (20%)
    • Capability – the expertise to succeed (40%)

SSHRC IG External Resources

SPARC Support Services & Resources


SPARC IG Workshop Schedule

Re-Applicant Information Session & Workshop: May 30th
Offered to all unsuccessful applicants from the October 2016 competition, this session will focus on interpreting SSHRC results and feedback, outline support available for resubmission, and will include a large group discussion/brainstorm. Click here to register

New Applicant Information Session & Workshop: June 1st
This session will introduce the IG funding opportunity, go through the modules required, and offer strategic funding advice. Click here to register

Peer Editing Module Workshops 
Detailed Description: Aug 31st
Budget/Budget Justification: Sept 14th
Knowledge Mobilization Plan & Expected Outcomes Summary: Sept 21st
Summary of Proposed Research: Sept 28th 

SPARC's UBC Internal Peer Review Program

Registration: email by Aug 8th at 4pm
One Page Summary and IR Form: Aug 11th at 12pm - download the IR form here   
Full Proposal: Aug 17th at 3:30pm
Receive Feedback By: Aug 31st   

SPARC Criteria Review

Applicants who successfully complete the Peer Review program will be invited to submit second drafts to SPARC for a full proposal review by or before October 10th, 2017.

All applicants can submit their 1 pg Research Summary and/or their Expected Outcomes Summary for module review by or before October 4th, 2017.

SSHRC IG Program SPARC CWL-Protected Resources
  • Sample grant library
    • Most are available electronically; all are available for hard-copy, in-office viewing.  Please contact Danica Kell to book an appointment to view hard-copy only grants.  

SSHRC IG Program Statistics
UBC Total Submitted UBC Total Awarded UBC Success Rate National Success Rate
2013 154 55 36% 23%
2014 113 34 30% 23%
2015 108 36 34% 31%
2016 111 54 50% 40%

SPARC Contacts