Insight Development Grant

Notice: Faculty members who are planning to apply for funding are encouraged to login to the My Research Application (MRA) on-line system well in advance of the submission deadline to ensure that there are no problems with your login credentials. The system utilizes your UTORid credentials. The information in the on-line form will be automatically routed to the appropriate internal approvers for review and endorsement. If you encounter problems, please consult the My Research - Application User Guide for additional information or contact the RAISE help desk (416-946-5000,



The next SSHRC Insight Development Grant competition will be held in 2019. This webpage will be updated when SSHRC provides details. The  information below is from the 2018 competition and is provided for reference only.

IMPORTANT: This application uses the Canadian Common CV.   The CCV can now import publication details from many external bibliographic databases, but creating a CCV for the first time can be time-consuming and we strongly recommend that applicants and co-applicants create or update their CCV as early as possible. The CCV website is available continuously and SSHRC provides instructions for the SSHRC CCV module.

SSHRC INSIGHT DEVELOPMENT GRANTS  support research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas. Funding is provided for short-term research development projects, of up to two years, proposed by individuals or teams. These awards are not intended to support ongoing initiatives.


  • Applicants select a specific adjudication committee to evaluate their application instead of a research group;
  • The adjudication committee structure will include disciplinary, multidisciplinary and thematic committees;
  • Specific instructions for applicants who have selected one of the two multidisciplinary committees have been added to the Summary of Proposal module;
  • A Reviewer Exclusion module has been added; and
  • The PDF formatting of the Funds Requested from SSHRC module has been improved.

Proposed IDG projects may involve, but are not limited to, case studies; pilot initiatives; and critical analyses of existing research. Projects may also involve national and international research collaboration, and may explore new ways of producing, structuring and mobilizing knowledge within and across disciplines and sectors. The primary objective of the project cannot be curriculum development, conference/workshop organization, digitization of a collection or creation of a database.

Funding is available for two distinct categories of scholars: established scholars and emerging scholars (as defined by SSHRC).

  • Established scholars: Funding for established scholars provides support to explore new research questions and approaches that are distinct from the applicant’s previous/ongoing research. These questions and approaches may or may not lie outside the scholar’s existing area(s) of specialization.
  • Emerging scholars: This funding supports high-quality research projects by emerging scholars to develop new research questions and/or approaches. Such projects may represent a continuation of the applicant’s (or team’s) graduate work and/or overall research trajectory.

Please note that in any given calendar year, a researcher cannot be the applicant on both an Insight Development Grant and an Insight Grant.

APPLICATION PROCESS: The Insight Development Grant is submitted through the Research Community Portal, and uses the Canadian Common CV format:

  • Complete and submit your SSHRC application by following the instructions on SSHRC’s Research Community Portal
  • Complete your Canadian Common CV on the CCV website and upload a copy to your SSHRC application (Note: SSHRC CV format will not be accepted).  It is strongly recommended that you begin this process well in advance of the competition deadline to allow time to register and ensure that your co-applicants do the same.
  • Complete your MRA (My Research Application) form to obtain departmental/divisional approval.  These approvals should be completed prior to the internal deadline.


Please refer also to the following documents:


  • Noon – Monday, January 29, 2018– completed My Research Application form (submitted and approved, i.e. please submit MRA at least two days earlier)
  • Noon – Thursday, February 1, 2018 – completed SSHRC Application (including CCV upload) submitted via SSHRC website; please note that after submission online by applicant, in order to be received by SSHRC the application must be forwarded to them by Research Services


  • Departments may have earlier internal deadlines. Please contact your department for details of submission requirements.
  • The MRA approval process should be started well in advance of the internal deadline as it can take several business days to obtain the necessary approvals.
  • If you hold a Status Only or Emeritus appointment, you will need to ask to have an MRA account set up.

Please note: Submitting your online application means you are ready for Research Services to forward your proposal to SSHRC. Research Services will not review the content of your application but will verify your eligibility, and that of your co-applicants, to hold a research grant at UofT. Research Services will return applications only to those who do not meet the University’s criteria to hold a research grant. If you have questions about the Insight Development Grant program, please contact Research Services prior to the January 29, 2018 internal deadline.

Contact Information

Sarah Scott
Research Funding Officer, Social Sciences & Humanities | (416) 978-7324

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