Friday, January 7, 2011

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

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. These awards are not intended to support ongoing initiatives.

Proposed projects may involve, but are not limited to, case studies; pilot initiatives; and critical analyses of existing research.

Projects may also involve national and international research collaboration, and the exploration of new ways of producing, structuring and mobilizing knowledge within and across disciplines and sectors.

Funding is available for two distinct categories of scholars: regular scholars and new scholars, as defined by SSHRC.

Regular scholars: Funding for regular scholars provides support to explore new research questions and approaches that are distinct from the applicant’s previous/ongoing research. These questions and approaches may or may not lie outside the scholar’s existing area(s) of specialization.

New scholars: This funding supports high-quality research projects by new scholars to develop new research questions and/or approaches. Such projects may represent a continuation of the applicant’s (or team’s) graduate work and/or overall research trajectory.

Value: $7,000 to $75,000, over one or two years.

For further information, please see the program description on the SSHRC website.

Electronic submission only (details on UTRS website at

UTRS deadline: January 27, 2011 SSHRC deadline: February 1, 2011

IMPORTANT! Please ensure your application is eligible before you apply:

Applicants to other SSHRC programs

If you submitted an application to the October 2010 Standard Research Competition, you can apply for an Insight Development Grant in this 2011 round, but your proposal must address different research objectives.

If you apply for an Insight Development Grant in this 2011 round, you will not be able to apply for an Insight Grant in Fall 2011, even with a different application. The Insight Grant is the closest successor to the Standard Research Grant, under SSHRC's Program Architecture Renewal. SSHRC guidelines state that an applicant can apply to either the Insight Development Grant or Insight Grant in a given calendar year but not both. A draft description of the Insight Grant is available on the SSHRC website.

Eligibility of subject matter

Please ensure that your research is eligible for consideration by SSHRC. SSHRC will reject proposals they deem not to fall within their mandate. Their guidelines on selecting an appropriate funding agency are at This is particularly relevant for researchers working in fields related to health and psychology. If you are in any doubt about the eligibility of your work for consideration by SSHRC, please contact the appropriate SSHRC program officer.

Please review the relevant information on the SSHRC and Research Services websites. Research Services will not be reviewing the content of your IDG proposal; if you have questions, please contact us as early as possible before the internal deadline of January 27, 2011.

Thank you,

Sarah Scott
Research Funding Officer, Social Sciences & Humanities
Office of Research Services, University of Toronto
McMurrich Building, 3rd floor
12 Queen's Park Crescent West
Toronto, ON M5S 1S8
T: 416-978-7324 F: 416-971-2010 E:

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