SSHRC Grants (Insight, Partnership, Connection, Knowledge Synthesis)

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

All SSHRC grant applications (except the Insight Development Grant) must be electronically submitted using the SSHRC’s online system. Please follow SSHRC’s application procedures described in the program outlines.

In order to obtain institutional endorsement and prior to submitting in the portal, applicants must send an RPIF that is filled out and signed by the PI, Head and Dean (as appropriate), along with a final budget and required application pages (see below) to


  • UBC Okanagan Internal Deadlines are noon two full business days before the sponsor deadline for all SSHRC applications.

Insight Grant: September 28, 2022

Partnership Development Grant: November 10, 2022

Partnership Grant (Stage 1): February 7, 2023

Partnership Engage Grant:

  • June 10, 2022
  • September 12, 2022
  • December 12, 2022
  •  March 10, 2023

Connection Grant:

  • April 27, 2022
  • July 27, 2022
  • October 27, 2022
  • January 27, 2023

e-Submission Deadline: your final application must be submitted via SSHRC online systems no later than noon pacific time on the sponsor deadline as posted on the SSHRC website.

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 SSHRC online system for most SSHRC grants, or, for Insight Development Grants, 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. However, the UBC-O researchers need Head/Faculty to review and sign a co-applicant signature page when the co-applicant is from a different UBC Department/School. The UBC Okanagan Co-Applicant signature page can be found on the Forms page.

External Co-Applicants on UBC submissions: electronic acceptance of Applicant’s invitation to participate in the application meets SSHRC signature requirements.

Co-Applicants on a SSHRC applications being initiated by a Principal Investigator at another institution need to submit a signed paper copy of the application, and RPIF, for review to ORS even though the submission is going forward from another institution.

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 grant application module are available within the online application portal.

If you have questions regarding SSHRC’s online system, call 613-995-4273 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.