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Department of National Defence Research Initiative

2022-23 competitions

Funding streams Insight Grants Insight Development Grants
Value and duration $20,000 per year for 3 years ($60,000 total) will be awarded to successful Insight Grant recipients $10,000 will be awarded to successful Insight Development Grant recipients
Application deadlineFootnote * October 1, 2022 February 2, 2023
Results announced July 2023 July 2023
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The Department of National Defence Research Initiative (DNDRI), a joint initiative of Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) and SSHRC, supports social sciences and humanities research aligned with areas of interest to the Canadian Armed Forces and to the Department of National Defence (DND). The initiative fosters effective, evidence-based strategies, policies and programs in research areas identified by DRDC.

The DNDRI supports research in areas of interest by increasing the funding available through the Insight Grant and Insight Development Grant funding opportunities.

Funds from the initiative can be used to expand the recipient’s research group (e.g., students, postdoctoral researchers and highly qualified personnel); purchase or access specialized equipment; or support other initiatives or resources that would advance the recipient’s research program.

Research areas

DNDRI partners invite proposals in a range of areas that focus on one or more of the following themes:

  • personnel—recruitment and selection
  • readiness—training and development
  • social processes in the workplace
  • operational effectiveness

Research areas that could be considered for DNDRI funding include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • the impact of COVID-19, including:
    • adjusting to isolation and working at home
    • common reactions to crises and mitigation
    • managing family stress
    • reintegration and coping with the aftermath
    • characteristics of non-compliers and mitigation
  • diversity, gender and armed forces
  • military institutions, cultures and interventions
  • veterans and military families
  • social and cultural demands of military operations
  • transition to civilian life: the role of identity in the transition process
  • sexual harassment in organizations (including militaries)
  • testing for selection and hiring purposes
  • succession / talent management
  • recruitment for organizations
  • military organizational culture change
  • developing trust in diverse organizational teams and in cross-cultural settings
  • trust in autonomous systems
  • community-engaged research on war and conflict
  • civil-military relations
  • national and international security
  • human dimensions of cyber security
  • social and cultural demands of military operations
  • persuasion and deterrence for defence
  • social media as a tool and an environment for influence
  • effective collaboration in cross-cultural settings
  • social engineering
  • individual, social and cultural factors that drive radicalization
  • moral and ethical decision-making
  • gender perspectives on operations
  • women, peace and security

See the DRDC objectives of this joint initiative for more details.

Value and duration

DNDRI supplements are available through Insight Grant and Insight Development Grant applications.

  • DNDRI supplements valued at up to $20,000 per year for three years, up to a total of $60,000 maximum, will be awarded to successful Insight Grant recipients in addition to the annual value of the Insight Grant.
  • A one-time DNDRI supplement valued at up to $10,000 will be awarded to successful Insight Development Grant recipients in addition to the value of the Insight Development Grant.
  • DRDC can consider funding applications that propose programs of research relevant to its policies and priorities ranked above the fifth and sixth sextiles by SSHRC adjudication committees, but that due to budgetary constraints, do not receive funding.

Note: The initiative is designed to complement, not replace, existing SSHRC support offered through the Insight program.


To be eligible for and maintain DNDRI funding, all grant holders are expected to meet and follow DND’s program funding conditions, in addition to the eligibility requirements outlined below.

Subject matter

To determine whether your research falls within SSHRC’s mandate, see the guidelines on subject matter eligibility. SSHRC will not accept applications that would be more appropriately evaluated by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Applicants and participants

Individual researchers and research teams working in Canada in one or more of the target areas of interest, and who are affiliated with a Canadian institution that holds institutional eligibility, are eligible to apply.

All applicants must comply with SSHRC eligibility criteria for the Insight Grant or Insight Development Grant funding opportunities.

Applications can be submitted by an individual researcher or a team of researchers (consisting of one applicant and one or more co-applicants and/or collaborators).


Grant funds can only be administered by an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution. Institutions proposing to administer a grant awarded under this funding opportunity must meet the requirements for managing SSHRC funds, and must hold or obtain institutional eligibility.

Application process

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for this stream of funding must apply through the Insight Grant or Insight Development Grant funding opportunities by selecting “DNDRI” from the drop-down menu in their application form.

Applicants must also provide a one-page justification that explains how their proposed research project is related to one or more of the DRDC objectives of this joint initiative.

Evaluation and adjudication

Each application for a DNDRI supplement is adjudicated first by the relevant SSHRC merit review committee. SSHRC will then provide DND with those Insight Grant and Insight Development Grant applications that have been judged meritorious through its merit review process and that were marked explicitly for consideration under the DNDRI.

In June, DND reviews the Insight Grant and Insight Development Grant applications. The DND selection committee ranks applications based on alignment with DND priorities. DND then selects the applications to be awarded a supplement in that year’s competition. Applications must clearly and specifically indicate how the proposed research applies to the DNDRI objectives.

Only applications judged by DND as relevant to its research priorities will receive supplements under this initiative, to the limit of the available funds.

The DND selection committee’s decisions cannot be appealed.

DNDRI adjudication timelines
Funding opportunity Review by SSHRC adjudication committees Review by DND Results announced DNDRI supplement start date
Insight Grants February 2023 June 2023 July 2023 January 2024
Insight Development Grants May 2023

Conditions of funding

To receive and maintain eligibility for a DNDRI award, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • The proposed research must meet the DRDC objectives of this joint initiative and have a focus on the areas of research targeted by DRDC.
  • Award recipients must provide written notification to SSHRC of any changes in their research, as continued funding under the DNDRI depends on the research remaining in a DND-relevant research area. DND will then determine whether the research is still eligible for funding.
  • Recipients must submit annual reports at 12 and 24 months from the start of the award, and a final report at the conclusion of the award period, for review by DND. Recipients must use reporting templates according to SSHRC’s awards administration practices.

Regulations, policies and related information

SSHRC reserves the right to determine the eligibility of applications, based on the information included. SSHRC also reserves the right to interpret the regulations and policies governing its funding opportunities.

All applicants and award holders must follow the applicable policies, regulations and guidelines as well as the regulations set out in the Tri-Agency Guide on Financial Administration.

For descriptions of SSHRC terms, see Definitions of Terms.

Contact information

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