SSHRC Insight Development Grant

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports research and training in the humanities and social sciences.

Submitting to SSHRC

The application must be prepared using the SSHRC Research Portal.

Applicants and Co-applicants must also completed the SSHRC version of the Canadian Common CV and append within the Research Portal.

Note that this is a different portal from the one used for other SSHRC programs.



  • UBC Okanagan Internal Deadlines are noon two complete business days prior to the sponsor deadline for SSHRC applications.
  • ORS (internal) deadline: January 30, 2023 at noon
  • SSHRC portal deadline: February 2, 20223 at noon
ORS cannot guarantee that applications submitted after this time will be forwarded to SSHRC.

Note that you will require institutional approval from UBC ORS before completing this submission. 

The application must be prepared using the the SSHRC Research Portal.

Use the Research Project Information Form (RPIF) to obtain the required internal signatures:

  • UBC Applicant (Principal Investigator)
  • Department Head or Director of School or Institute
  • Dean or designate

Note that any internal UBC cash contributions included in your application budgeting should be detailed on the RPIF final page, including “worktag” or source account number.

Internal UBC Co-Applicants: electronic acceptance of Applicant’s invitation to participate in the application meets SSHRC signature requirements hence no sign-off is required by SSHRC. However, the UBC-O researchers need Head/Faculty to review and sign the application. The UBC Co-Applicant signature page can be found here: [Co-applicant Signature Form]

External Co-Applicants on UBC submissions: electronic acceptance of Applicant’s invitation to participate in the application meets SSHRC signature requirements. SSHRC also no longer requires an institutional official signature from external institutions.

Co-Applicants on a SSHRC Insight Development Grant application being initiated by a Principal Investigator at another institution need to submit a copy of the application and a signed RPIF, for review to UBCO ORS.


In addition to the RPIF, Applicants and Co-applicants (see above) must submit a digital copy of their full application or required pages (see below) for institutional approval before the deadline listed above to:

The internal deadline is intended to ensure that all applications receive administrative review prior to institutional support / signature (by ORS). Please ensure you have collected required internal signatures prior to submitting to ORS.

These are the required pages/modules for Internal approval (you may also submit the full PDF of the application as downloaded from the portal: ORS will only review required pages for institutional compliance):

Identification Page (page 1 of the application)
Summary of proposal
Funds Requested From SSHRC
Funds from Other Sources
A signed UBC Research Project Information Form (RPIF).


Submit your full application online by SSHRC’s portal deadline date at noon. To do this, you must complete and attach all the forms as described in the SSHRC Insight Development Grants web application instructions. If applicable, ensure that all co-applicants and collaborators have submitted their “Accept Invitation Form” and have included all relevant attachments. “Validate” all the sections of your application*

Following internal compliance review, ORS will inform you that you’ve received UBC institutional approval on your application, and you may submit it in the SSHRC web portal.

*Note that by keeping the application in a ‘Validated’ (but not yet submitted) state, you are able to work on the application (except for approved budget) during the ORS processing and signature procedure. If you have already submitted it in the web portal and need to make a change, you will need to have it returned to you by ORS and then re-submit. Please wait for institutional approval from ORS before submitting in the web portal.

Following compliance review by ORS and your submission in the web portal, ORS will forward the application on your behalf to SSHRC.

You will know when your application has been submitted by ORS to SSHRC when the application on the SSHRC on-line system will change to “Received by Agency”.

For your information, the definition of each application status on the SSHRC on-line system is:

  • In Progress: application is being prepared
  • Verified/Validated: application or applicant page is complete and validated
  • Submitted: application is submitted to ORS by the applicant. ORS can view the application and the CVs, return it to the applicant or forward it to SSHRC.
  • Returned: application requires changes and is returned to the applicant by ORS. The applicant receives a system-generated e-mail. ORS can no longer view the application.
  • Forwarded: application is approved and forwarded to SSHRC by ORS
  • Received: application has been received by SSHRC and is ready for processing

Instructions for each module are available within the online application portal. For an overview of evaluation criteria and other information, visit

If you have questions regarding SSHRC’s online system, call 613-995-4273 or by email at

If you have any questions regarding Insight Development Grants, call 613-996-6976 or by email at


Note:  The Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation has the discretion to reject grant applications that have not been submitted through the proper channels if the applicant has a history of non-compliance or the application has included unauthorized commitments.