Government of Canada and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
02/02/18 8:00 PM ET
Grants ranging from $7,000 to $75,000 to Canada researchers at qualifying IHEs for early-stage research in the humanities and social sciences disciplines. Institutions that are not currently eligible must begin the eligibility process at least five business days prior to the deadline.
Description of the Competition:
Insight Development Grant 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:
-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.
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.
Insight Development Grants foster research in its early stages, but are not intended to support large-scale initiatives. Long-term support for research is offered through SSHRC’s Insight Grants.
Proposed projects may involve, but are not limited to, the following types of research activities:
-Pilot initiatives; and
-Critical analyses of existing research.
Projects may also involve national and international research collaboration, and the exploration of new ways of producing, structuring and mobilizing knowledge within and across disciplines and sectors.
SSHRC welcomes applications involving Aboriginal research, as well as those involving research-creation.
Within the Insight Development Grant funding opportunity, funding is available for two distinct categories of scholars: emerging scholars and established scholars.
-Emerging scholars: This funding supports high-quality research projects by emerging scholars to develop new research questions and/or approaches. Such projects may build on and further the applicant’s (or team’s) graduate work and/or represent a continuation of their overall research trajectory.
-Established scholars: Funding for established scholars provides support to explore new research questions and/or approaches that are distinct from the applicant’s previous/ongoing research. Research projects should be clearly delimited and in the early stages of the research process. Insight Development Grant funding is not intended to support ongoing research for established scholars.
Future Challenge Areas:
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. Summary reports related to the Knowledge Synthesis Grants for each future challenge area identify potential gaps in current knowledge, which applicants may wish to further explore. While this is not an evaluation criterion for merit review, SSHRC monitors research capacity in these areas, and develops and implements strategies and knowledge mobilization activities, to enhance the contribution of humanities and social sciences across the six challenge areas.
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, evolving global landscape?
GrantWatch ID#: 177609
Grants range from $7,000 to $75,000.
The maximum value of an Insight Development Grant is $75,000 over one to two years. A minimum budget of $7,000 in at least one of the years is required.
The grant duration is 1 to 2 years.
Insight Development 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 (see below).
Applicants should consult SSHRC’s definition of emerging scholar to determine eligibility to apply as such.
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 Development Grant 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 this funding opportunity.
Applicants (or project directors, where applicable) who have received a SSHRC grant of any type but have failed to submit an end of grant 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 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 three months of the grant start date (i.e., by September 2018 for the current competition), and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.
Researchers whose primary affiliation is with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution or with a non-Canadian postsecondary institution are eligible to participate as co-applicants. In the case of international co-applicants, the rationale for international collaboration must be clearly outlined in the application.
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 Development 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 June 1, 2018, for the current competition), including all course work and successful defence of their dissertation;
-Establishes a formal affiliation with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution within three months of the grant start date (i.e., by September 2018 for the current competition); and
-Maintains such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.
Researchers may not apply, as applicant, for an Insight Development Grant and an Insight Grant within the same calendar year. For instance, a researcher who applies for an Insight Development Grant in February 2018 may not apply for an Insight Grant in October 2018, whether successful in the competition or not. However, a researcher who applied for an Insight Grant in October 2017 may apply for an Insight Development Grant in February 2018, provided that the objectives of the research are significantly different.
Researchers may apply for and hold, as an applicant, only one Insight Development Grant at a time.
Grant funds may only be administered by an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution. Institutions proposing to administer any grant awarded under this funding opportunity must hold or obtain institutional eligibility.
Projects whose primary objective is curriculum development, organization of a conference or workshop, digitization of a collection, or the creation of a database are not eligible for funding.
Postsecondary Institution Eligibility:
If the Canadian postsecondary institution with the applicant is 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.
Eligible PhD students and postdoctoral researchers may submit their applications directly to SSHRC.
Applicants will be required to complete the Canadian Common CV as part of their application to this funding opportunity. Applicants are encouraged to begin work on their CV early.
The deadline to apply is February 2, 2018, 8:00 PM Eastern Time.
Results will be announced June 2018.
Future Challenge Areas:
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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