Frequently Asked Questions about Insight Development Grants and Insight Grants

  1. What is the difference between an Insight Grant and an Insight Development Grant?
  2. Must you have already received an Insight Development Grant to be eligible for an Insight Grant?
  3. Do Insight Development Grants offer dedicated funding for emerging scholars?
  4. How do Insight Grants differ from Standard Research Grants?
  5. How will adjudication committees be formed for Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants?
  6. How will multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary applications be handled?



  1. What is the difference between an Insight Grant and an Insight Development Grant?

    Insight Development Grants support research in its initial stages and help researchers develop new research questions and approaches. Funding is provided for short-term research development projects, of up to two years, proposed by individuals or teams.

    Insight Grants provide longer-term funding for mature research projects proposed by individuals or teams. Insight Grants may be valued at up to $500,000 over three to five years.

  2. Must you have already received an Insight Development Grant to be eligible for an Insight Grant?

    No. These are separate funding opportunities.

  3. Do Insight Development Grants offer dedicated funding for emerging scholars?

    Yes. Emerging scholars are eligible for, and invited to apply to, any of the funding opportunities within the Insight and Connection programs. However, the Insight Development Grants funding opportunity is the only one to have a dedicated funding envelope for emerging scholars. See the funding opportunity description for details.

  4. How do Insight Grants differ from Standard Research Grants?

    The new Insight Grants offer support of up to $500,000 over a period of three to five years, and support research that responds to the objectives of the Insight Program. While incorporating certain elements of several of SSHRC’s previous funding opportunities, the Insight Grants have their own unique profile and sub-criteria.

  5. How will adjudication committees be formed for Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants?

    The composition of adjudication committees is not predetermined. Adjudication committees will be created based on the five designated research groups, according to the number and nature of applications received. The number of committee members assigned to each research group will vary depending on the number of applications.

  6. How will multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary applications be handled?

    Applicants may request to have their proposals considered by committee reviewers from more than one discipline and/or area of research. These requests must include supporting rationale. When such requests are justified, the resulting review may include a review of the proposal by two members from the primary adjudication committee and a third member from another committee, according to the secondary or tertiary discipline or area of research indicated by the applicant.