The goal of the Insight program is to build knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world by supporting research excellence in all subject areas eligible for funding from
Research and training in the social sciences and humanities provide the foundation for a vibrant, healthy and prosperous society. They advance knowledge and build understanding about individuals, groups and societies—what we think, how we live, and how we interact with each other and the world around us. Such research enhances our knowledge and understanding of the past and present, and informs our thinking about critical social, cultural, economic, technological and environmental issues, both within the research community and across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
The Insight program aims to support and foster excellence in social sciences and humanities research intended to deepen, widen and increase our collective understanding of individuals and societies, as well as to inform the search for solutions to societal challenges.
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.
For the most up-to-date information on all funding opportunities, please consult the Funding page. Please note that SSHRC is committed to providing a range of adjudication options appropriate to its individual funding opportunities.
All applicants are invited to consider addressing in their research proposal one or more of the 16 future global challenges recently identified under SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future.
SSHRC, in alignment with its Indigenous Research Statement of Principles, also welcomes applications involving Indigenous research. Interested applicants are invited to visit SSHRC’s Connecting with Society—Indigenous Research web page for more information.
For individuals or teams
provides funding for research carried out by individual scholars and teams of researchers.
Insight Development Grants are one to two years in duration and support research in its initial stages. These grants are targeted toward emerging researchers, as well as researchers who would like to explore new research questions or experiment with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas.
Insight Grants are two to five years in duration and support research excellence. These grants enable scholars to address complex issues pertaining to individuals and societies, and to further our collective understanding. Applicants choose from one of two funding streams depending on the scale of their project.
For formal partnerships
SSHRC provides funding for research, research training and knowledge mobilization carried out by new and existing formal partnerships.
- Partnership Engage Grants are one year in duration and provide timely support to partnerships between a postsecondary-based researcher and a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector.
- Partnership Development Grants are one to three years in duration and provide support to develop research and related activities by fostering new partnerships for research and related activities involving existing and/or potential partners, as well as to design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities.
- Partnership Grants are institutional grants of four to seven years in duration that provide support for new and existing formal partnerships to advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization through mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership. These grants are intended for large teams working in formal collaboration between postsecondary institutions and/or organizations of various types.
SSHRC Impact Awards
SSHRC Impact Awards recognize outstanding researchers and students by celebrating their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities funded partially or completely by SSHRC. Postsecondary institutions eligible to administer SSHRC funding are invited to put forward nominations for the following awards: the Gold Medal, the Talent Award, the Insight Award, the Connection Award and the Partnership Award.
SSHRC partners with other organizations to offer several joint initiatives and opportunities for collaboration that complement SSHRC’s Talent, Insight and Connection programs, as well as to foster links with social sciences and humanities students and researchers whose work is related to the organizations’ priorities. For a complete list of initiatives available through SSHRC’s funding opportunities, please consult the Funding page.
Department of National Defence Research Initiative
The Department of National Defence Research Initiative is a joint initiative between SSHRC and Defence Research and Development Canada that supports social sciences and humanities research and related activities pertaining to Defence Research and Development Canada’s research priorities.
Societal Implications of Genomics Research
Societal Implications of Genomics Research is a joint initiative of SSHRC and Genome Canada. The initiative promotes social sciences and humanities research and related activities aimed at expanding understanding of the potential for new and emerging genomic innovations to profoundly affect society. Interested researchers should develop their applications through the applicable funding opportunities offered under SSHRC’s Insight and Connection programs.
Canadian Initiative on Social Statistics Research Data Centres Program
The Canadian Initiative on Social Statistics Research Data Centres Program is a joint initiative of SSHRC and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in the application of social and health statistics. This initiative allows interested researchers to apply for access to confidential data owned by Statistics Canada at Research Data Centres located throughout the country. As of January 29, 2020, researchers must submit their applications through the Microdata Access Portal, an online tool for accessing Statistics Canada microdata.
Sport Participation Research Initiative
The Sport Participation Research Initiative is a joint initiative between SSHRC and the Department of Canadian Heritage that provides additional support for policy-relevant research about participation in sport in Canada. Interested applicants should develop their applications through the applicable funding opportunities offered under SSHRC’s Insight and Talent programs.
College and Community Innovation Program
The College and Community Innovation Program is managed by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and SSHRC. The program increases the capacity of colleges to transform the results of research and development into economic activities.
The Belmont Forum is an opportunity for collaboration that co-ordinates funding across a number of research agencies around the world. While not offering additional or dedicated research funds, the Forum helps secure support for collaborative research projects related to global environmental change. SSHRC can assist interested Canadian researchers in developing proposals that involve international colleagues and partners. Researchers may then submit applications to funding opportunities offered under SSHRC’s Insight and Connection programs, or use their SSHRC grant to participate in a Belmont project.
Multi-agency Research Funding Collaboration
SSHRC also continues to work with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation to enhance co-ordination of the agencies’ programs, activities and policies. For more information, please consult Multi-agency Research Funding Collaboration.