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Insight Grants

Grants to Canada Researchers at IHEs for Long-Term
Humanities and Social Sciences Research Initiatives

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Deadline Date:

10/15/19 8:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to Canada researchers affiliated with eligible postsecondary institutions for long-term humanities and social science research initiatives. The purpose of these grants is to provide stable support to initiatives that will advance knowledge and address complex topics. Proposals may involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities.

Insight Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program. 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.

Stable support for long-term research initiatives is central to advancing knowledge. It enables scholars to address complex issues pertaining to individuals and societies, and to further our collective understanding.

Insight Grants support research proposed by scholars and judged worthy of funding by their peers and/or other experts. Insight Grant research initiatives may be undertaken by an individual researcher or a team of researchers working in collaboration.

Applicants choose from one of two streams, depending on the amount of funding required. The deadlines and application process are identical for both; however, the targeted success rate for Stream A is higher than for Stream B.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160930

Estimated Size of Grant:

Insight Grants are valued at $7,000 to $100,000 per year over two to five years, up to a total of $400,000.

Applicants may choose one of two streams when applying for an Insight Grant, depending on the amount of funding required:

- Stream A for requests between $7,000 and $100,000; or
- Stream B for requests between $100,001 and $400,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant duration is two to five years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Applicants (except postdoctoral researchers and PhD students) must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution at the time of application and before funding can be released. Researchers who maintain an affiliation with a Canadian postsecondary institution, but whose primary affiliation is with a non-Canadian postsecondary institution, are not eligible for applicant status.

Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to apply for this grant. However, in order for SSHRC to release grant funds, successful applicants must formally establish an affiliation with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution within five months of the grant start date (i.e., by September 2020 for the current competition), and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.

Students enrolled in a program of study are not eligible to apply. However, a PhD candidate is eligible to apply if they:

- Will have met all requirements for the PhD before the grant is awarded, including all course work and successful defence of their dissertation; and
- Establish a formal affiliation with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution within five months of the grant start date, and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.

Grant funds may only be administered by an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution. Institutions proposing to administer a grant awarded under this funding opportunity must hold or obtain institutional eligibility (see http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/about-au_sujet/policies-politiques/statements-enonces/institutional_eligibility-admissibilite_etablissements-eng.aspx) . Please see SSHRC’s list of eligible institutions: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/about-au_sujet/policies-politiques/statements-enonces/list_eligible_institutions-liste_etablissements-admissibles-eng.aspx

Projects whose primary objective is curriculum development, preparation of teaching materials, organization of a conference or workshop, digitization of a collection, or creation of a database are not eligible for funding under this funding opportunity.

Please note:

- Insight Grant funds cannot be used for remuneration and/or travel and subsistence costs of presenters or guest speakers, or for research costs of collaborators;
- No team members (applicant, co-applicant or collaborator) can be remunerated with grant funds, including postdoctoral fellows serving in any of these capacities; and
- Consultation fees are eligible for expert and/or professional and technical services that contribute directly to the proposed research as long as the service is not being provided by a team member or other persons whose status would make them eligible to apply for a SSHRC grant.

For more information on eligiblity, see the URL for Full Text page below.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: October 15, 2019 (8 p.m. eastern)
Results announced: April 2020

If a deadline falls on a weekend or a Canadian public holiday, the online application system will remain open until 8 p.m. (eastern) on the next business day.

Application Process:

- Applicants must complete the application form in accordance with accompanying instructions. Applications must be submitted electronically by an authorized research grants officer, or equivalent, from the applicant’s institution.
- Eligible PhD students and postdoctoral researchers may submit their applications directly to SSHRC.
- Applicants needing help while preparing their application should communicate with SSHRC well in advance of the application deadline.

Insight Program: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/umbrella_programs-programme_cadre/insight-savoir-eng.aspx

Subject matter eligibility: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/apply-demande/background-renseignements/selecting_agency-choisir_organisme_subventionnaire-eng.aspx

Application instructions: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/instructions/index-eng.aspx?fid=ig_instr

Future Challenge Areas:
http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/society-societe/community-communite/Imagining_Canadas_Future-Imaginer_l_avenir_du_Canada-eng.aspx

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Registration and logon for the on-line CV and application: https://webapps.nserc.ca/SSHRC/faces/logon.jsp?lang=en_CA

For more information about the Insight Grants funding opportunity, please contact:

613-996-6976
insightgrants@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

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Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

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