Government of Canada invests in multidisciplinary social science and humanities research

Leading-edge research will strengthen Canada’s culture of innovation, contribute to job creation and prosperity

December 19, 2014, Ottawa, Ontario—The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced significant investments in research funding to study issues of importance to Canadians and foster a more successful knowledge-based economy in the 21st century.

The awards are the results of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s (SSHRC) 2014 Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants competitions. In total, some 780 research projects will examine a diversity of topics, including:

  • creating a path for information access in Canada’s North via Digital Library North;
  • determining how better to secure the Canada-United States cross-border trucking industry; and
  • assessing the educational potential of touchscreen media for young children.

Through its programs, SSHRC works to develop talented leaders for all sectors of society. By helping to generate insights about people, ideas and behavior, and to build connections within and beyond academia, SSHRC contributes to innovations that will improve the lives of Canadians.

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is investing more than $115 million in 779 new grants. Today’s announcement will provide support for 494 new Insight Grants and 285 new Insight Development Grants.
  • Up to 60 per cent of the funding is expected to go toward employing students as part of research initiatives, providing them with jobs, training and employable skills.
  • Insight Development Grants support initial stages of research over one to two years, while Insight Grants are for longer term projects of three to five years. Both individuals and small teams of researchers are eligible for grants under the Insight program.
  • SSHRC is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary based research and training in the humanities and social sciences.
  • SSHRC supports over 8,400 research projects annually.
  • Recently, Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. As one of the largest commitments to research excellence in Canadian history, the Fund provides $1.5 billion over 10 years to help Canadian postsecondary institutions achieve global leadership in research areas that will create long-term economic advantages for Canada.  
  • The Prime Minister announced an updated Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy, which builds on the foundation laid out in the 2007 framework and goes further to ensure Canada remains well positioned in the global arena for excellence, talent and wealth.


"Our government is committed to investing in high-level research that informs solutions to economic, cultural and social issues that impact Canadians. Thanks to the Insight Program, researchers at postsecondary institutions are expanding the boundaries of knowledge, spurring innovation and economic growth, and improving the quality of life of Canadians."

Ed Holder
Minister of State (Science and Technology)

"With this investment in leading-edge research, SSHRC is supporting initiatives in the social sciences and humanities that will strengthen Canada’s culture of innovation for the benefit of society. Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants recognize the highest levels of research excellence. They foster insights into pressing societal issues, ensuring a better future for Canada and the world."

Ted Hewitt
Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Related products

Additional links


Scott French
Director of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs
Office of the Minister of State (Science and Technology)

David Holton
Communications Adviser
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council