SSHRC Insight Grant Program


Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for long-term research initiatives. Insight Grant research initiatives may be undertaken by an individual researcher or a team of researchers working in collaboration.

Applicants choose from one of two streams, depending on the amount of funding required:

  •     Stream A for requests between $7,000 and $100,000 over two to five years, or
  •     Stream B for requests between $100,001 and $400,000 over two to five years.

In both streams, a minimum request of $7,000 is required in at least one of the years. A maximum of $100,000 is available in a single year.

Application Process at Western

Date: What is Required?
Friday, September 18th, 2020 by/before 2PM

ROLA proposal + (draft) Application Deadline (Mandatory)

-Each applicant must complete a ROLA proposal with Chair and Associate Dean, Research approvals
-Submit application (one PDF file extracted from the SSHRC web-based forms system) by email to

Thursday October 1st, 2020 by/before 2PM


SSHRC Application Deadline (Mandatory)

-Applications must be "submitted" in the SSHRC web-based forms by/before 2PM.

  • Please note that Insight Grant applications are not sent directly to SSHRC when you click "submit". They are routed first to Western Research for review and final submission to SSHRC.
  • Western Research will not forward an application to SSHRC without a completed ROLA proposal first being submitted and approved. Please plan accordingly!
  • Your faculty and/or department may have additional deadlines for the SSHRC Insight Grant competition.  Please check with your faculty research office or research officer(s).

Important Information for the SSHRC Insight Grants - Fall 2020

  • Individuals may apply, as an applicant, for only one Insight Grant at a time.
  • Unsuccessful applicants to the Winter 2020 SSHRC Insight Development Grant competition are eligible to apply to the 2020 Insight Grant competition.
  • Collaborators are not required to fill out a complete SSHRC CV. Collaborators will complete a shortened “profile” for the application.
  • Co-applicants are still required to complete a SSHRC CV and attach their research contributions in the web-based forms.
  • Co-applicants must formally be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution at the time of application. 
  • Collaborators can be international. Please note that an Insight Grant may not be used to cover the research costs of collaborators: however, travel expenses incurred by collaborators are eligible if they relate to research planning and exchange of information with the principal investigator, or the dissemination of research results.
  • No team members (applicant, co-applicant or collaborator), nor experts/consultants, who are eligible to hold SSHRC funds may be remunerated with Insight Grant funds.

Resources for SSHRC Insight Grants

A researcher or research team may not submit identical applications to more than one of the three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) at the same time, or submit to an agency an application already funded by one of the other agencies.


For more information, or questions relating to the Insight Grants program, please contact: