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SSHRC Insight Development Grants

Opportunity NameInsight Development Grants
AgencySocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Value$7,000 to $75,000 
Indirect CostsIneligible
Duration1 to 2 years
Application due to FSc RO at for full review01-17-2024
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review01-26-2024
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review02-01-2024, by 12:00PM (noon)
Application due at agency 02-02-2024, by 12:00PM (noon)
  • To enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas; and
  • To foster research in its early stages, but are not intended to support large-scale initiatives

Proposed projects may involve, but are not limited to, the following types of research activities: 

  • case studies 
  • pilot initiatives 
  • critical analyses of existing research 

Projects can 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 Indigenous research, as well as those involving research-creation. 


Normally, researchers cannot apply as an applicant for an Insight Grant and an Insight Development Grant in the same calendar year. However, in 2017, SSHRC approved an exception to this multiple applications regulation that has been extended for the foreseeable future: researchers who applied unsuccessfully for an Insight Development Grant in February of a given year can apply for an Insight Grant in October of that same year. Therefore, researchers who apply for an Insight Development Grant in February 2024 and are not successful can apply for an Insight Grant in October 2024. 

A researcher who applied for an Insight Grant in October 2023 can apply for an Insight Development Grant in February 2024, provided that the objectives of the research are significantly different.

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at