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Insight Grants

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Funding Type:



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.


  • Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities



Internal Deadline:


Sponsor Deadline:

October 1, 2020


The objective of the Insight Grant is to provide support for long-term research initiatives central to advancing knowledge. The grant enables both emerging and established scholars, individual researchers or teams in the social sciences and humanities to:

  1. address complex issues pertaining to individuals and societies, and
  2. further our collective understanding.

NEW Joint Initiative for Digital Citizen Research Canadian Heritage is partnering with SSHRC to provide research grants and research training supplements through three arms-length funding opportunities, including the SSHRC Insight Grant. The funding provides assistance to selected post secondary institution-affiliated researchers, postdoctoral scholars and students to conduct research related to online disinformation and other online harms, as well as their impact in the Canadian context. The Joint Initiative has three broad objectives:

  1. to promote Canadian research that will develop better understanding — based on empirical evidence — of the impacts of online disinformation in Canada, in order to better inform programs and policies;
  2. to build Canada’s capacity to conduct research on and related to countering online disinformation and other related online harms, specifically in the target areas described below; and
  3. to help foster a community of research in the digital citizenship and online disinformation space in Canada.

Additional Program Information:


Insight Grants Eligibility

Application/Nomination Process:

If you plan to apply, please contact the Research Office for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS), Christina Pellegrini, Senior Advisor, Development, at or extension 27207 by July 23, 2020.

ROADS recently established an internal peer review process to allow McMaster researchers the opportunity to receive valuable feedback on their draft proposals from colleagues in areas of similar expertise. Only those draft applications received by August 12, 2020 will be eligible for peer review.

For applicants who do not wish to participate in the internal peer review process, the initial draft of the application is due to ROADS by 9 am on September 10, 2020. 

The final draft and a completed and signed Application Approval Form are due to ROADS by 9 am September 24, 2020. Please note, applications received after this date may not receive a full review.

NEW Applications will be forwarded by ROADS to SSHRC by 4:30 pm on October 1, 2020.


For support, please contact Christina Pellegrini, Senior Advisor, ROADS.