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Application for a Grant
Insight Grants
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Before applying, applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Insight Grants funding opportunity description, the Insight program description and the Regulations Governing Grant Applications. For detailed information on eligible and ineligible expenses, consult the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide.

We suggest that you print and consult this document and Help with Online Forms for reference while you are completing your online grant application. You may also refer to this document by clicking "Instructions" at any time within a screen. This button will link you directly to the instructions for the screen you are completing.

Application Process and Deadline

The applicant must complete and verify the online application form and his/her SSHRC web-based curriculum vitae (CV). The complete application, including the electronic attachments (uploads), CVs (applicant and co-applicants) and Accept Invitation forms (co-applicants and collaborators), can be viewed and printed, but must be submitted electronically to the institution's research administrator.

Follow these steps:

  1. Complete all mandatory fields (boldfaced labels).
  2. Attach all mandatory electronic uploads (application).
  3. Ensure that all co-applicants and collaborators have submitted their Accept Invitation Form and have included all relevant attachments (see Participants).
  4. Verify and correct the data until the Verification Report indicates successful verification.
  5. Click "Submit" (Submit to Research Administrator) for institutional approval.

The research administrator at the applicant's institution will review the application and, if approved, will forward it to SSHRC. If changes are required, the research administrator will send a message to the applicant using the Message Centre function. The applicant can access the Message Centre by clicking "Messages" in the top navigation bar of his/her Portfolio.

Research administrators will be able to forward applications until 8 p.m. (eastern), October 15, 2018.* After 8 p.m., the "Submit" (Submit to Research Administrator) button will disappear from the applicant's Portfolio, the "Forward" (Forward to SSHRC) button will disappear from the research administrator's Portfolio, and no further changes and submissions will be possible.

*Note: 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.

Most institutions have an internal deadline date that is earlier than SSHRC’s deadline. Make sure you allow enough time to obtain feedback from your administrator before the application deadline.

Applications remain available for download via the SSHRC online system for 30 days after the deadline, after which they are deleted.

Acknowledgement of Receipt of Applications

After SSHRC receives your completed application form, the data provided in your application and CVs are then transferred to SSHRC's corporate database. SSHRC will acknowledge receipt of your electronic application form and will assign you an application number. Please cite this number in all correspondence with us.

Electronic Submission and Approval

Even though the electronic submission process includes appropriate controls and checks to ensure validation of the information by an institution's research administrator before it is submitted to SSHRC, note that applicants must follow the internal approval process in place at their institution, as specified by the relevant authorities.

By clicking "Submit," the applicant (principal investigator) confirms that he/she:

  • has read and understands the eligibility requirements of the funding opportunity;
  • has provided complete and accurate information in the funding application and related documents, and has represented himself/herself and his/her research and accomplishments in a manner consistent with the norms of the relevant field;
  • has ensured that any team members listed in the application have agreed to be included therein;
  • is not currently ineligible to apply for or receive funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, SSHRC, or the Canadian Institutes of Health Research or any other research or research funding organization by reason of a breach of an ethical, integrity or financial policy or requirement, and that if at any time the he/she becomes ineligible, he/she will advise his/her institution’s research grants office and SSHRC immediately in writing;
  • will inform SSHRC and his/her institution’s research grants office immediately of any change in the nature of the research that may have an impact on certification or approvals;
  • will inform SSHRC and his/her institution’s research grants office immediately in writing in the event of any change in eligibility status, and hereby authorizes the institution with which he/she is employed or affiliated to provide SSHRC with his/her personal information for the purpose of verifying eligibility to receive funds from SSHRC;
  • agrees that, if awarded funding, the applicant will use this funding only for the purpose for which it was awarded and will comply with all relevant SSHRC requirements as set out in SSHRC’s respective policies, procedures and manuals;
  • has read, understands and agrees to comply with the policies of SSHRC, including the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research, both in the submission of the application and in carrying out the research funded by SSHRC;
  • is aware that, should he/she be found to have made a serious breach of agency policy, SSHRC, in accordance with the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research, may publicly disclose any information relevant to the breach that is in the public interest, including his/her name, the nature of the breach, the institution with which he/she was employed at the time of the breach, the institution where he/she is currently employed (if any), and the recourse imposed against him/her, and accepts this as a condition of applying for or receiving agency funding and consents to such a disclosure;
  • in instances where he/she is or has been at any time during the past 12 months a federal public servant, has complied with and will continue to respect the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector;
  • understands that, for postsecondary institution applicants, research offices will, by way of SSHRC’s secure site, be informed of the competition results pertaining to their applicants;
  • agrees to SSHRC's use of the one-page proposal summary for publicity purposes if a grant is awarded; and
  • agrees to SSHRC’s use of the one-page proposal summary for expert reviewer recruitment purposes, where appropriate.

Privacy Notice
The applicant (or project director, where applicable) also confirms that he/she understands that:

  • all personal information provided to SSHRC is used, disclosed and safeguarded in accordance with the Privacy Act, the Access to Information Act, and relevant Treasury Board policies (personal information is collected pursuant to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Act);
  • applications are provided to selection and merit review committees for adjudication, and, possibly, to third-party expert assessors for evaluation;
  • applications may be shared with other government organizations or public research funding bodies, if that organization will co-fund the application and has signed a memorandum of understanding with SSHRC;
  • information related to applications and awards will be shared with authorized officials at the applicant’s institution;
  • SSHRC may disseminate award holder names and summaries of successful research proposals for publicity purposes, or in response to an access to information request, without consent;
  • SSHRC will use personal information for the uses and consistent uses outlined on Info Source;
  • SSHRC will obtain consent prior to using or disclosing personal information in a manner not outlined above or on Info Source;
  • SSHRC uses personal information to identify prospective committee members and expert reviewers for applications;
  • personal information is used by SSHRC for program planning, evaluation, reviews, audits and statistics generation;
  • failure to provide personal information will result in an application being declared ineligible;
  • SSHRC does not regularly update personal information; it is the applicant’s (or project director’s, where applicable) or award holder’s responsibility to contact SSHRC’s ATIP Coordinator to correct or update personal information; and
  • applicants (or project directors, where applicable) and award holders have the right to file a complaint with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner regarding SSHRC’s handling of their personal information.

When co-applicants accept an invitation to participate on an application, it certifies that they:

  • also agree to the above; and
  • agree that the applicant will administer the grant on behalf of the team.

By clicking "Forward" (Forward to SSHRC), the research administrator (institutional approval) certifies that:

the applicant (principal investigator)

  • is affiliated with the institution; and
  • has the necessary time and facilities to carry out the project; and

the postsecondary institution:

  • is willing to administer any grant received according to SSHRC policies;
  • agrees to take the necessary steps to ensure that machine-readable files or computer databases are preserved and accessible under conditions agreed to by the institution and the researcher;
  • will release funds to the successful candidate once all necessary certification requirements and conditions have been met;
  • will notify SSHRC of any change in the grant holder's status during the tenure of the grant; and
  • has verified that the budgetary estimates are in accordance with its rates and policies.

Note: Eligible postdoctoral researchers and doctoral candidates may submit their application directly to SSHRC. See Administering Organization for more information.

Attaching a Document

Many modules in your application will require you to attach, or upload, a PDF document.

You must follow the specified requirements for margins and font size (12-point Times New Roman) or your application will be rendered ineligible.

Scan the document and save it as a PDF file (.pdf extension), locate it on your computer by clicking "Browse," and attach it to the application by clicking "Attach." An error message will appear if the file you are trying to attach does not meet the required specifications for page length and page size. Once you have successfully attached the electronic file, we recommend you click "View attached file" to ensure you have the proper file.

Identification (mandatory)

Provide the information requested using the "List..." button. Select your answer from the drop-down list that appears. If the appropriate information is not listed, select "Other" from the list and type the information in the box provided.

Application title
Provide a short, descriptive title for your proposal in non-technical terms. Restrict use of acronyms (e.g., UN, NATO, NAFTA). Use uppercase for only the first word of the title and for proper nouns and acronyms. Your application title will automatically be added to the Research Activity screen.

Note: If a review is requested, the application title is provided to external reviewers. The title should, therefore, communicate as clearly as possible the application’s subject matter.

Funding stream
You must choose from one of two streams, depending on the amount of funding required.

  • Stream A for requests between $7,000 and $100,000 over two to five years; or
  • Stream B for requests over $100,000 and up to a maximum of $400,000 over two to five years.

Preferred adjudication committee
Click “List…” and in the “Select a committee” window, select the committee that is most appropriate based on the subject and discipline(s) of your proposal. If your project falls between committees, select the committee that is closest to your primary discipline (see the Research Activity section). If you are not sure which adjudication committee to choose, consult a SSHRC program officer before submitting your application.

Request for multi/interdisciplinary evaluation
If your proposal is multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary in nature and you would like it to be evaluated by experts in more than one field, select “Yes”. You must also complete the Request for Multi/interdisciplinary Evaluation module and select one of the multi/interdisciplinary selection committees from the drop-down list.

Note: SSHRC may adjust the committee structure from year to year, as disciplines evolve and in accordance with the number of applications received. SSHRC will make efforts to accommodate applicant preferences; however, it reserves the right to determine an application’s review process and committee assignment without consultation with the applicant.

Research-creation proposals
SSHRC strongly suggests that, before you select "Yes," you refer to the definition of research-creation for more information and examples of fields involving research-creation. If you select "Yes," please refer to SSHRC’s Resource Centre for additional information on preparing an application involving research-creation. You must also select the Fine Arts, Research-creation committee from the ‘Preferred Adjudication Committee’ drop-down list and complete the Research-Creation Support Material module.

Joint or special initiative
If you want your project to be considered for one of the following initiatives, select it from the drop-down list.

Note: By indicating that you want to be considered for any of the above initiatives, you agree to allow SSHRC to share your application information with the relevant partner organization. If you have selected any of these initiatives, follow the links provided to ensure your compliance with all related instructions or guidelines.

Does your proposal involve Indigenous research, as defined by SSHRC?
Select “Yes” if you wish to signal to the adjudication committee that your application should be reviewed in the context of SSHRC’s definition of Indigenous research and its Guidelines for the Merit Review of Indigenous Research.

Applicant (Principal Investigator)

Names and Initials
This information section has automatically been transferred from your CV. In order to change your family name or given name, you must contact To change your initials, you must return to the My Account section of your Portfolio and update the information.

This information has automatically been transferred from the Current Position section of your CV. If you wish to have a different affiliation on record for this application, click “List…” and make the necessary selections.

Administering Organization

Enter complete information about the organization that will administer the funds. If the organization with which you are affiliated is not a SSHRC eligible institution, the organization must meet the requirements to administer grants and awards, as outlined in the Institutional Eligibility Requirements for the administration of grants and awards.

For more information on this process, consult SSHRC’s Institutional Eligibility—Guidelines and Requirements. Unless you have contacted SSHRC to begin this process, your institution will not be added to the list of eligible institutions and you will not be able to complete your application.

Note: Postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students may leave this field blank. To pass the validation process, ensure your SSHRC CV indicates that your current position is either “student” or “postdoctoral fellow or associate.”


Co-applicants and Collaborators
For information regarding co-applicant and collaborator eligibility, see Eligibility. If applicable, enter information for each co-applicant and collaborator who will take part in the intellectual direction of the project. Do not include research assistants, students or consultants. Select the role that each participant will play, by choosing "Co-applicant" or "Collaborator." Enter the family name and the email address of the participant.

After the data are saved, the system will automatically display the data alphabetically by family name, along with the status of the invitation and a "Clear Entry" button for each participant. The system will also generate an email to each person, inviting them to participate in the application. It is the responsibility of each invited person to complete, verify and submit their Accept Invitation form.

If the participant has not accepted the invitation, the status will remain "Invitation not yet accepted."

If the participant deletes the system-generated email requesting his/her participation, the status will remain “Invitation not yet accepted.” The applicant can click “Resend E-mail” to send the invitation again.

If the participant declines the invitation by deleting the Accept Invitation form from his/her portfolio, you will be notified by email and must remove the person from the application by clicking "Clear entry."

If the co-applicant accepts the invitation, the status will change to "Invitation accepted" and a copy of his/her CV (co-applicants only) will be attached to the Accept Invitation form upon creation. You will then be able to view each co-applicant's CV.

If the collaborator accepts the invitation, the status will change to "Invitation accepted" and the Accept Invitation form will be created. You will then be able to view each form. CVs are not accepted for collaborators.

If you incorrectly type in a participant’s family name, you will receive the following error message: "Must be identical to family name above." The system will recognize the discrepancy only after the co-applicant or collaborator has accepted the invitation. In order for your application to be successfully verified, the participant’s family name must be identical to the family name found in our database.

Your application will not be "Verified Successfully" until each participant you invited has successfully completed and verified their invitation.

If you require additional information on the invitation process, consult the instructions under "Accepted Invitations" on the Portfolio screen.

Research Activity (mandatory)

State whether or not your proposed research will involve human beings as research subjects. If it does, select “Yes” and consult the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans and submit your proposal to your institution's research ethics board.

Environmental impact
Appendix A (Environmental Information form) must be completed and submitted with the grant application ONLY if at least one of the following situations as per the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012), applies to your research or research-related activities: (A) any phase constitutes a physical activity carried out on federal lands in Canada, as defined in section 2(1), in relation to a physical work and that is not a designated project; (B) any phase constitutes a physical activity carried out outside of Canada in relation to a physical work and that is not a designated project; (C) (i) the grant funds will permit a designated project (listed in the CEAA 2012 Regulations Designating Physical Activities (RDPA)) to be carried out in whole or in part; or (C) (ii) any phase of the proposed research will depend on a designated project (listed in the RDPA) that is, or will be, carried out by a third party. If none of these situations apply to your proposed research activities, then no Appendix A is required.

List keywords, separated by semicolons, that best describe your project.

Indicate and rank disciplines relevant to your proposal, with Entry 1 the most relevant and the last entry the least relevant.

If an applicable discipline is not listed, you may select an entry such as "Other (relevant discipline)" (e.g., Other Psychology, Other Anthropology, Other Sociology) from the list, and type the information in the box provided. You may only select "Other (relevant discipline)" once. For instance, you cannot choose "Other Psychology" in Entry 2 and choose it again in Entry 3.

Entry 1 Sociology
Entry 2 Other Psychology
Entry 3 Other Anthropology

Areas of research
Indicate and rank up to three areas of research related to your proposal, with #1 the most important and #3 the least important.

Note: If you are conducting research related to official languages in Canada or official language minority communities, select the appropriate option in the drop-down list.

Temporal periods
If applicable, indicate up to two historical periods covered by your proposal.

Geographical regions
If applicable, indicate and rank up to three geographical regions covered by or related to your proposal, with #1 the most important and #3 the least important.

If applicable, indicate and rank up to five countries covered by or related to your proposal, with #1 the most important and #5 the least important.

Request for Multi/Interdisciplinary Evaluation—maximum one page

Applicants who selected one of the multi/interdisciplinary committees to review their proposal must provide a justification for doing so.

SSHRC will secure expertise from the disciplines covered by the committee (social science- or humanities-focused). Relevant expertise from within the larger pool of Insight Grants committee members may also be sought.

Explain how your research will integrate intellectual resources (theories, methodologies, perspectives, etc.) drawn from two or more disciplines. List the various disciplines / areas of research from which expertise should be drawn to assess the research proposal.

Response to Previous Critiques—maximum one page

Applicants may, if they wish, address criticisms and suggestions offered by adjudication committees and external assessors who have reviewed previous applications.

Note: Adjudication committees are not bound by the deliberations or scores of previous committees. Members of the current committee will not be given copies of the earlier application(s).

Type your text directly into the box, or cut and paste it from a document. You may enter only plain, unformatted text—not bold type, italics, script, underscoring, formulas or special characters. Your text must not exceed one page on the PDF copy. Text that exceeds the capacity of the text box will not be displayed when printed. Click "Save" and then "Preview" to ensure your text will appear on the form.

Summary of Proposal—maximum one page (mandatory)

Provide a summary of your research proposal written in clear, plain language. It should be written in non-technical terms and clearly understood by scholars with varied areas of expertise. Clearly indicate the following:

  • the challenges or issues to be addressed;
  • the potential contribution of the research in terms of the advancement of knowledge; and
  • the broader potential benefit of the research (e.g., Will this research be of interest to other areas of research/disciplines? Will it be of interest outside the academic community? How will it be used and by whom?).

Note: If your proposal is funded, this summary will be used for promotional purposes outside the research community to inform politicians, the media and members of the public who request information about research funded by SSHRC.

Type your text directly into the box, or cut and paste it from a document. You may enter only plain, unformatted text—not bold type, italics, script, underscoring, formulas or special characters. Your text must not exceed one page on the PDF copy. Text that exceeds the capacity of the text box will not be displayed when printed. Click "Save" and then "Preview" to ensure your text will appear on the form.

Detailed Description—maximum six pages (mandatory)

Attach a PDF copy of your Detailed Description. Write your proposal in clear, plain language. Avoid jargon, acronyms and highly technical terms. Not all committee members will have an intimate knowledge of the subject matter of all proposals.

Using the headings below, describe the proposed research in enough detail to allow informed assessment by committee members:

  • Objectives
  • Context (including literature review and theoretical approach)
  • Methodology*

*SSHRC encourages applicants to, if applicable, discuss how research data arising from the project will be managed, including collection, preservation and sharing.

Your detailed description must address the Challenge and Feasibility evaluation criteria listed under Evaluation and Adjudication in the funding opportunity description, except for those criteria addressed in other sections of the application, i.e.:

Note: The Capability subcriteria should be addressed in the SSHRC CV and Research Contributions.

Tools for research and related activities

In addition to the detailed description of your overall proposal, if you are submitting a request for support for a tool for research or related activities, consult SSHRC’s Guidelines for Support of Tools for Research and Related Activities. The Guidelines are intended to provide assistance to researchers submitting requests for support for tools distinct from a typical component of a research grant. If your review of the Guidelines and the Canada Foundation for Innovation website indicates that your tool request corresponds with SSHRC requirements, include in your Detailed Description the points outlined in the Guidelines for Support of Tools for Research and Related Activities.

Knowledge Mobilization Plan—maximum one page (mandatory)

Applicants are encouraged to consult SSHRC’s definition of knowledge mobilization and SSHRC’s Guidelines for Effective Knowledge Mobilization.

In planning your research project, it may also be useful to consider the ways in which merit reviewers assess knowledge mobilization activities. For example, reviewers are advised to evaluate, under the Feasibility criterion, the "quality and appropriateness of knowledge mobilization plans, including effective dissemination, exchange and engagement with stakeholders within and/or beyond the research community, where applicable."

SSHRC encourages its funding recipients to disseminate research knowledge in both official languages, whenever feasible and/or appropriate.

In your attachment, include a plan to increase knowledge uptake by target audiences, and anticipated outputs, outcomes and/or impacts of social sciences and humanities knowledge among various appropriate audiences or participants (academic and/or non-academic), including:

  • methodologies and approaches to engage appropriate target audiences or participants, including, as applicable, diverse groups of researchers, policy-makers, business leaders, community groups, educators, media, international audiences, practitioners, decision-makers and the general public;
  • timeframes or a schedule for the intended knowledge mobilization activities; and
  • justifications for how the above two points fit within the project’s particular knowledge mobilization objectives.

Open access and data management
To the extent possible, and in keeping with SSHRC’s endorsement of open access forms of knowledge dissemination, research results should be made openly available, through, for example, open access publications, websites, publicly accessible databases and/or institutional repositories. Grant holders must comply with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications. To learn more, consult SSHRC’s Open Access overview.

Further to SSHRC's Research Data Archiving Policy, SSHRC also encourages researchers to manage and share data arising from their research in accordance with community standards and best practices. All research data collected with the use of SSHRC funds should be preserved for use by others within a reasonable period of time.

List of References / Bibliography—maximum 10 pages (mandatory)

Attach a PDF copy that lists all references cited or works referred to in your proposal. SSHRC recognizes and allows the use of different referencing styles.

Research Team, Previous Output and Student Training—maximum four pages (mandatory)

Attach a PDF copy of the description of your research team, previous output and student training, using the following subtitles in the same order:

A. Description of the research team (if applicable)
Clearly explain:

  1. why a team approach is appropriate for the proposed research by describing the relative roles, responsibilities and contributions of the applicant (principal investigator), each co-applicant, and each collaborator;
  2. the relative proportion (in percentages) of each team member's contribution to the proposed research;
  3. the proportion of time to be spent on this research project in relation to any other ongoing research projects or programs (exclude prospective grants); and
  4. if the project involves community participants such as knowledge users, the support provided by the community, and the applicant’s ties with said communities.

Note: If the adjudication committee determines that the applicant (principal investigator) is not responsible for, or equipped to exercise, the leadership of the research team, the Feasibility score may be lowered.

B. Description of previous and ongoing research results
In this section, summarize the results of your most recent and ongoing research. Where appropriate, the relevance of each to the proposed research. In the case of team research, include summaries for any relevant projects undertaken by co-applicants.

C. Description of proposed student training strategies
This section should clearly describe the specific roles and responsibilities of students and research assistants, and should indicate the duties, especially with respect to research, that they will be undertaking, as well as how these will complement their academic training.

Consult the Guidelines for Effective Research Training in preparing this section of the application. These guidelines will also be provided to reviewers.

Funds Requested from SSHRC (mandatory)

For each budget year, estimate as accurately as possible the research costs that you are asking SSHRC to fund through an Insight Grant. All budget costs must conform to the rates and regulations of the applicant's (principal investigator's) institution, and must be fully justified in terms of the needs of the project, including communicating research results to scholarly audiences, stakeholders and the general public.

The maximum value of an Insight Grant is $400,000. A minimum request of $7,000 is required in at least one of the years. A maximum of $100,000 is available in a single year.

Note: SSHRC provides the following guidelines to committee members regarding the adjudication of the budget subcriterion of the overall Feasibility score:

  • Committees may consider failing a project on the Feasibility criteria if they deem that 30 per cent or more of the overall budget request is insufficiently justified and/or not appropriate to the proposed objectives or outcomes of the project.
  • An application will automatically be failed if the committee deems that 50 per cent or more of the overall budget is insufficiently justified and/or not appropriate to the proposed objectives or outcomes of the project.
  • Committees will use the principle of minimum essential funding to guide their discussions of project budgets.
  • Committees may recommend budget reductions in cases where they determine that the request is inadequately justified and/or not appropriate as described above, and where they judge that savings could be achieved without jeopardizing the project objectives.

The Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide allows for data management and open access-related expenses. The guide should be consulted for detailed information on all eligible and ineligible expenses.

Enter amounts rounded to the nearest dollar without any spaces or commas (e.g., 2000). For blank entries, leave in the "0" value. When entering an amount, highlight the "0" and type the dollar value in the box provided.

Personnel Costs

For each of the categories below, enter the number (#) of students and non-students you plan to hire, whether as salaried employees or as recipients of stipends.

Student and non-student salaries and benefits
For each applicable category, enter, for each budget year, the number (#) of students and non-students to be hired. Specify the total amounts.

Note: When students are paid by wage, the amounts should be determined in accordance with the university's collective agreement or policy. No SSHRC maximums apply when paying students by salary.

Student stipends
You may request stipends for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Stipends must be justified in terms of the research project objectives. The work performed by stipend recipients should be an integral part of the project. Stipend rates are set by the institution concerned.

Travel and subsistence costs
Enter, by budget year, the total amounts requested for travel abroad and within Canada for both the research team and student personnel. Applicants must obtain the lowest possible travel fares. Car rental is an eligible expense only if it is essential to the research.

Subsistence costs must be based on rates approved by the applicant's institution.

Other Expenses

Professional/technical services
Consulting fees for professional and technical services are eligible expenditures. You must demonstrate in the Budget Justification that expert advice is needed.

You may include other supply items (e.g., software, stationery, postage, telephone calls) only if they relate directly to the research.

Non-disposable equipment—Computer hardware
Purchase or rental of computers and associated hardware is allowable only if these are not accessible through the postsecondary institution or employer.

Other non-disposable equipment
Purchase or rental of equipment (e.g., audio or video equipment) is allowable only if it is not accessible through the postsecondary institution or employer.

Other expenses
Specify other research expenses not already included.

Note: Insight Grant funds must not be used for the remuneration or travel and subsistence costs of presenters or guest speakers.

Tools for research and related activities
For tools for research and related activities, select "Other expenses" and specify "Tools." You must combine all requested expenses related to tools (i.e., for software, equipment and professional and technical services) into this category. You must then elaborate on these items in the Budget Justification section. Consult SSHRC’s Guidelines for Support of Tools for Research and Related Activities for more information on social sciences and humanities tools. Projects whose primary objective is the digitization of a collection or the creation of a database are not eligible for funding.

Budget Justification—maximum two pages (mandatory)

Attach a PDF copy of the budget justification. Using the categories listed on the Funds Requested from SSHRC page, fully justify all budget costs in terms of the needs of the research, keeping in mind that the appropriateness of the requested budget and justification of the proposed costs are a subcriterion within the Feasibility criterion. Committees will use the principle of minimum essential funding to guide their discussions of project budgets.

It is imperative to distinguish between types of travel when explaining your travel expenses. The types are:

  • travel for research purposes; and
  • travel for communication purposes (e.g., conference travel).

Note: An Insight Grant may not be used to cover the research costs of collaborators; however, travel expenses incurred by collaborators are eligible if they are related to research planning and exchange of information with the principal investigator or the dissemination of research results.

Equally important is the justification for budget costs for research assistants or associates who are not students. These expenditures must be fully justified in terms of the needs of the research. Also, justify the number of students hired relative to the objectives of the proposed research.

For tools for research and related activities: Within the two-page limit, you must include in your Budget Justification a table clearly indicating amounts by item (e.g., professional/technical services, supplies, etc.). This presentation is mandatory, as these separate amounts cannot be included individually in the Funds Requested from SSHRC module. Applicants should provide clear justification for each item proposed.

Funds from Other Sources

List the host institution/organization and any other contributors (e.g., individuals, not-for-profit organizations, philanthropic foundations, private sector organizations) that are providing cash and/or in-kind contributions for the proposal. You must also indicate whether or not these funds have been confirmed.

If a funding source is not listed, select "Other" using the "List..." button. Type in the source name and amount and identify the contribution type.

If you have received, from a single funding source, more than one contribution of the same type (i.e., cash or in-kind) and same confirmation status, you must combine these into one entry (e.g., two confirmed $20,000 cash contributions from a university become one confirmed $40,000 cash contribution). Enter amounts rounded off to the nearest dollar without spaces or commas (e.g., 40000). For blank entries, leave in the "0" value. When entering an amount, highlight the "0" in the box provided and type the dollar value.

Applicants should briefly describe all attempts at obtaining funds from other sources and, where appropriate, provide details in their budget justification.

Note: All contributions must be indicated in Canadian currency.

When you save the data, five new blank entry lines will be added to the screen to allow you to enter additional funding entries.

Expected Outcomes (mandatory)

The expected outcomes of the project are essential information for the adjudication of the proposal and are part of the Challenge evaluation criterion.

In this section, elaborate on the potential benefits and/or outcomes of your proposed project. You will have the opportunity, via follow-up research reports, to share how your outcomes have evolved.

Research Outcomes
Research outcomes include enhanced curriculum and teaching material, as well as graduate student supervision, enriched public discourse, improved public policies, enhanced business strategies, and innovations in every sector of society. Research outcomes, which are facilitated by the effective mobilization of knowledge, then permeate daily life in the form of new thinking and behaviour that lead to improvements in our economic, social, cultural and intellectual well-being. See SSHRC’s Guidelines for Effective Knowledge Mobilization for information about outcomes.

Scholarly Benefits
Indicate and rank up to three scholarly benefits of the proposed activity, with #1 the most relevant and #3 the least relevant. If the information is not listed, select "Other" from the list and type the information in the box provided.

Social Benefits
Indicate and rank up to three social benefits relevant to the proposed activity, with #1 the most relevant and #3 the least relevant. If the information is not listed, select "Other" from the list and type the information in the box provided.

Indicate and rank up to five potential target audiences relevant to the proposed activity, with #1 the most relevant and #5 the least relevant. If the information is not listed, select "Other" from the list and type the information in the box provided.

Expected Outcomes Summary
Describe the potential benefits/outcomes (e.g., evolution, effects, potential learning, implications) that could emerge from the proposed project.

Type your text directly into the box, or cut and paste it from a document. You may enter only plain, unformatted text—not bold type, italics, script, underscoring, formulas or special characters. Your text must not exceed one page on the PDF copy. Text that exceeds the capacity of the text box will not be displayed when printed. Click “Save" and then "Preview” to ensure your text will appear on the form.

Environmental Impact—Appendix A

If you have selected "Yes" to at least one of the questions in the Environmental Impact section on the Research Activity screen, you must complete an Environmental Information Form (Appendix A) and upload it to the Environmental Impact page.

Sport Participation Research Initiative (Statement of Relevance)—maximum one page

The Sport Participation Research Initiative offers grants to conduct research on matters related to enhancing participation in sport—and to the outcomes thereof—in Canada. Sport Canada has funding available for those Insight Grant applications that propose programs of research relevant to its policy priorities and that the Insight Grants adjudication committee has recommended for funding, but which, due to budgetary constraints, did not receive a regular Insight Grant.

If you have selected “Sport Participation Research Initiative” in the "Joint or special initiative" field on the Identification screen, you must attach a PDF copy of a one-page document in this module. Clearly explain how the proposed research meets the initiative's objectives.

Department of National Defence (Statement of Relevance)—maximum one page

If you have selected “Department of National Defence” research initiative in the "Joint or special initiative" field on the Identification screen, you must attach a PDF copy of a one-page document in this module. Clearly explain how the proposed research meets the initiative's objectives.

Suggested Reviewers

List up to three Canadian or foreign specialists whom SSHRC may ask to assess your proposal. SSHRC will solicit no more than one review from a suggested reviewer. Suggesting fewer reviewers may be advantageous in cases where the number of qualified specialists is small. SSHRC reserves the right not to select a reviewer from the submitted list.

Suggested reviewers cannot be:

  1. affiliated with your institution or that of any member of your research team (including co-applicants and collaborators);
  2. someone with whom you or any member of your research team has collaborated in the past (e.g., as a co-author or co-editor or as a co-organizer of a conference or workshop);
  3. someone with whom you or any member of your team has a personal relationship;
  4. a previous thesis supervisor or anyone who has had a similar supervisory or mentoring relationship with you or a member of the research team over the course of doctoral or postdoctoral studies.

Complete all mandatory fields (boldfaced) and click "Save." When you save the information, the “Clear entry” button will appear. Click “Clear entry” if you want to remove one of your reviewers, then click “Save” again.

Names and Initials
Enter the family name, given name and initials of the reviewer.

The address you provide must be complete and accurate.

Click “List…”, and then, in the “Select a country” window, select the country.

SSHRC will use this email address to correspond with the assessor.

List keywords, separated by a semicolon, that best describe the reviewer's areas of research expertise. The accuracy and specificity of this information will help the program officer select the best qualified reviewers.

Exclusion of Potential Reviewers (if applicable)—maximum one page

Applicants may also attach a one-page PDF document naming potential reviewers who, in their opinion, would be unlikely to provide an impartial review. This document must provide a justification for excluding potential reviewers (e.g., experts with whom you or members of your research team have had serious disputes). While SSHRC cannot be bound by this information, it will take it into consideration in the selection of reviewers.

This information will be held in strictest confidence and will not be provided to external reviewers or members of the adjudication committee. Any exclusion (if still relevant) should be renewed with any subsequent applications.

Research Contributions—maximum four pages (mandatory)

Research Contributions content must address the Capability evaluation criteria listed in the funding opportunity description. This attachment is mandatory for the applicant and co-applicants.

Applicants must attach a PDF copy of their Research Contributions. Co-applicants must also provide their Research Contributions, which they will be able to upload once they have accepted the invitation to participate. A maximum of four pages is permitted to cover the following sections, which must be presented in this order:

  1. Relevant Research Contributions Over the Last Six Years
  2. Other Research Contributions
  3. Most Significant Career Research Contributions
  4. Career Interruptions and Special Circumstances
  5. Contributions to Training

1. Relevant Research Contributions Over the Last Six Years
Outline your research contributions within the last six years. For an application deadline in October 2018, for example, include contributions from October 2012 onwards. In the case of those candidates claiming career interruptions (see 4. Career Interruptions and Special Circumstances below), you may include publications drawn from your most recent periods of research activity to an overall total of six years.

Provide details, as appropriate, on the contributions you listed, as follows:

  • In the left margin, identify with an asterisk (*) research contributions that resulted from previous SSHRC support.
  • Specify your role in co-authored publications.
  • For published contributions, provide complete bibliographic notices (including co-authors, title, publisher, journal, volume, date of publication, number of pages, etc.) as they appear in the original publication.
  • For publications in languages other than French or English, provide a translation of the title and the name of the publication.
  • For recent graduates, list theses.

Group your contributions by category in the following order, listing your most recent contributions first:

Refereed contributions
Examples include books (where applicable, subdivide according to those that are single-authored, co-authored and edited works), monographs, book chapters, articles in scholarly refereed journals, conference proceedings, etc.

When listing refereed works, be aware that a “refereed work” involves its assessment:

  • in its entirety—not merely an abstract or extract;
  • before publication; and
  • by appropriately independent, anonymous, qualified experts ("independent" in this context means at arm's length from the author).

Other refereed contributions
Examples include papers presented at scholarly meetings or conferences, articles in professional or trade journals, etc.

Non-refereed contributions
Examples include book reviews, published reviews of your work, research reports, policy papers, public lectures, etc. See SSHRC’s Guidelines for Effective Knowledge Mobilization for examples of other contributions.

Forthcoming contributions
Indicate one of the following statuses—"submitted," "revised and submitted," "accepted" or "in press." Provide the name of the journal or book publisher and the number of pages. Contributions not yet submitted should not be listed.

Creative outputs
List your most recent and significant achievements, grouping them by category. Creative outputs will be evaluated according to established disciplinary standards, as well as creative and/or artistic merit. Examples of creative outputs may include, for example, exhibitions, performances, publications, presentations, film, video, audio recordings, etc.

If applicable, you may include a website link. SSHRC cannot guarantee that links will be accessed.

2. Other Research Contributions
Describe any other contributions to research and the advancement of knowledge within the last six years, including your research contributions to non-academic audiences (e.g., general public, policy-makers, private sector, not-for-profit organizations, etc.). See SSHRC’s Guidelines for Effective Knowledge Mobilization for examples of other contributions.

3. Most Significant Career Research Contributions
List and rank up to five of your most significant contributions over your entire career. In this case, the six-year rule does not apply. Therefore, contributions listed here may differ from those listed in other sections of your CV. Please ensure that you explain briefly the significance of the contributions listed.

4. Career Interruptions and Special Circumstances
SSHRC asks its adjudication committees to take into consideration both career interruptions and special circumstances that may have affected the record of research achievement of candidates. In doing so, adjudication committee members will be able to more accurately estimate the productivity of each researcher, independent of any career interruptions or special circumstances in the last six years. Previous productivity is one element that may predict the success of the proposed research project.

Career interruptions occur when, for health, administrative, family or other reasons, a researcher is taken away from his or her research work for an extended period of time. In these cases, as explained above in relation to Relevant Research Contributions Over the Last Six Years, the researcher should explain the interruption(s) and ask that an equivalent period of research activity prior (but as near as possible) to the present day and leading to a total of six years be taken into consideration by the adjudication committee.

Special circumstances involve slowdowns in research productivity created by health, administrative, family or other reasons (i.e., the researcher was not taken completely away from his or her work). If it has impacted their research output, applicants from small institutions may indicate their teaching load in this section.

5. Contributions to Training
Provide the following information on students you have helped train within the last six years:

  • Indicate your role in supervising or co-supervising ongoing and/or completed theses, listing these by the student's level of studies.
  • Describe efforts you have made to involve students (e.g., doctoral, master’s, undergraduate) in your research activities.
  • Specify if your opportunities for such contributions have been limited because your university does not have graduate degree programs in your field or discipline.

Research-Creation Support Material—maximum one page

If you are submitting a proposal involving research-creation to Committee 3: Fine Arts and Research-Creation, you must include a Research-Creation Support Material PDF attachment.

In this document, include a website link to samples of work that best illustrate the qualifications of the team and/or the nature of the proposed research-creation project.

When including a website link, please follow these instructions:

  • Provide the complete and exact URL, and indicate the path to access the intended support material on the website.
  • Include a list of up to three works or excerpts of works to which you would like to direct the reviewers (e.g., images, audio, video, written material, etc.). Please provide titles, dates of creation/production, and a brief context for the works presented.
  • Explain why you are including these items, and how they relate to your proposed project.
  • Ensure that the website and all links involved will be operational for at least six months after the application deadline.
  • Specify the browser and version that should be used.

Note: SSHRC assumes no responsibility in cases where links provided are broken or the server is unavailable during the adjudication period. See SSHRC’s Guidelines for Research-Creation Support Materials for more information.

Reasonable efforts will be made to view or listen to support material; however, due to technical challenges, SSHRC cannot guarantee that the samples will be accessed. Please consider that reviewers will have very limited time per application to view, read or listen to samples of work. Note that only links provided in this section will be used by merit reviewers.

For additional information on preparing an application involving research-creation, please refer to SSHRC’s Resource Centre.

Date modified: 2018-08-02