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 
  • Insight Grant Streams A & B
    • Stream A: $7,000 - $100,000 over 2-5 years
    • Stream B: $100,000 - $400,000 over 2-5 years
    • Streams A & B use the same application modules and are 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: Friday, May 24th, 10:30am-12:30pm
Offered to all unsuccessful applicants from the October 2018 competition, this session will focus on interpreting SSHRC results and feedback, outline support available for resubmission, and will include a large group discussion/brainstorm.

New Applicant Information Session & Workshop: Friday, May 24th, 1:30pm-3:30pm
This session will introduce the IG funding opportunity, go through the modules required, and offer strategic funding advice.

Faculty of Education/SPARC Insight Grant Bootcamp: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Contact Robert Olaj, Grant Facilitator, Faculty of Education, for more information and to register

Faculty of Arts/SPARC Insight Grant Bootcamp: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Contact Pam Forsberg, Grant Facilitator, Faculty of Arts, for more information and to register 

Peer Editing Module Workshops - click link for dates, and to register
Detailed Description
Budget/Budget Justification
Knowledge Mobilization Plan & Expected Outcomes Summary
Summary of Proposed Research

SPARC's UBC Internal Peer Review Program

One Page Summary and IR Form: Aug 13th at 12pm - download the IR form here   
Full Proposal: Aug 20th at 3:30pm
Receive Feedback By: Sept 3rd   

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 9th, 2019.

All applicants are invited to submit their 1 pg Research Summary and/or their Budget Justification for module review by or before October 4th, 2019.

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SSHRC IG Program Statistics
UBC Total Submitted UBC Total Awarded UBC Success Rate National Success Rate
2014 113 34 30% 23%
2015 108 36 34% 31%
2016 111 54 50% 40%
2017 131 61 48% 47%
2018 123 64 52% 43%

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