Grants to Canada Researchers at IHEs for Long-Term
Sciences and Humanities Research Initiatives
Sciences and Humanities Research Initiatives
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
10/15/16 8:00 PM ET
Grants starting at $7,000 per year to Canada researchers affiliated with an institution of higher education for long-term research to address broad range sciences and humanities disciplines. The purpose of these grants is to provide stable support to initiatives that will advance knowledge and address complex topics.
The Insight Grants funding opportunity supports research proposed by scholars and judged worthy of funding by their peers and/or other experts. Insight Grants research initiatives may be undertaken by an individual researcher or a team of researchers working in collaboration.
Insight Grants proposals are expected to respond to the objectives put forward in the call for proposals for the Insight program. The objectives of the Insight program are to:
1) Build knowledge and understanding from disciplinary, interdisciplinary and/or cross-sector perspectives through support for the best researchers;
2) Support new approaches to research on complex and important topics, including those that transcend the capacity of any one scholar, institution or discipline;
3) Provide a high-quality research training experience for students;
4) Fund research expertise that relates to societal challenges and opportunities; and
5) 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.
SSHRC invites all applicants to review Imagining Canada’s Future’s six future challenge areas and subquestions, and to consider addressing one or more of these areas in their research proposal. While this is not an evaluation criterion for merit review, research that addresses one or more of the future challenge areas further positions the value of the social sciences and humanities to meet Canada’s future, long-term societal challenges, and opportunities.
1) What new ways of learning, particularly in higher education, will Canadians need to thrive in an evolving society and labor market?
2) What effects will the quest for energy and natural resources have on our society and our position on the world stage?
3) How are the experiences and aspirations of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada essential to building a successful shared future?
4) What might the implications of global peak population be for Canada?
5) How can emerging technologies be leveraged to benefit Canadians?
6) What knowledge will Canada need to thrive in an interconnected and evolving global landscape?
The maximum value of an Insight Grant is $400,000 over three to five years. 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.
Grant duration is three to five years.
Insight Grant applications may be submitted by an individual researcher or by a team of researchers (consisting of one applicant and one or more co-applicants and/or collaborators). All team members must meet the eligibility criteria specific to their category.
Applicants (except postdoctoral researchers and PhD students) must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution at the time of application. If the Canadian postsecondary institution with which they are affiliated is not a SSHRC eligible institution, the institution must meet the requirements to administer grants and awards, as outlined in the Institutional Eligibility Requirements for the Administration of Grants and Awards, and must contact SSHRC at least five business days prior to the application deadline to begin the eligibility process. Applicants successful in the Insight Grants competition must be affiliated with an eligible institution 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 within the Insight Grants funding opportunity.
Applicants (or project directors, where applicable) who have received a SSHRC grant of any type but have failed to submit a final research report or final activity report by the deadline specified in their Notice of Award are not eligible to apply for another SSHRC grant until they have submitted the report.
Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to be applicants for an Insight 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 2017 for the current competition), and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.
Co-applicants (except postdoctoral researchers and PhD students) must normally be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution at the time of application. If they are not, they must contact SSHRC. Co-applicants on a successful application must be affiliated with an eligible institution before the grant is awarded.
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 co-applicant status within the Insight Grants funding opportunity.
Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to be co-applicants for an Insight Grant under the same conditions as those described under Applicants above.
Any individual who will make a significant contribution to the project is eligible to be a collaborator. Collaborators do not need to be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution.
Students enrolled in a program of study are not eligible to apply for an Insight Grant. However, a PhD candidate is eligible to apply if he or she:
-Will have met all requirements for the PhD before the grant is awarded (i.e., before April 1, 2017, for the current competition), including all course work and successful defense of their dissertation;
establishes a formal affiliation with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution within five months
-Of the grant start date (i.e., by September 2017 for the current competition); and
maintains such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.
Subject Matter Eligibility: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/apply-demande/background-renseignements/selecting_agency-choisir_organisme_subventionnaire-eng.aspx
Future Challenge Areas: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/society-societe/community-communite/Imagining_Canadas_Future-Imaginer_l_avenir_du_Canada-eng.aspx
The deadline is October 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM ET.
If a deadline falls on a weekend or a Canadian public holiday, the online application system will remain open until 8:00 PM ET on the next business day.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For more information about the Insight Grants funding opportunity, please contact:
Or contact the program officer for your field of research:
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