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Insight Grants

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

The objectives of the Insight program are to:

  • build knowledge and understanding from disciplinary, interdisciplinary and/or cross-sector perspectives through support for the best researchers;
  • support new approaches to research on complex and important topics, including those that transcend the capacity of any one scholar, institution or discipline;
  • provide a high-quality research training experience for students;
  • fund research expertise that relates to societal challenges and opportunities; and
  • mobilize research knowledge, to and from academic and non-academic audiences, with the potential to lead to intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit and impact.


The maximum value of an Insight Grant is $400,000, over three to five years. 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.



There is one Insight Grant competition per year with an application deadline in October.

If you have any questions about the program and/or plan to submit an application, please contact Pam McIntyre, Senior Advisor, Development, ROADS, at or extension 23713.


Multiple applications:

Researchers may not apply, as applicant, for an Insight Grant and an Insight Development Grant within the same calendar year, regardless of application outcome.  For SSHRC regulations on multiple applications, please see .


More information:

Additional information about the Insight Grant program and its objectives can be found on the SSHRC website at .