Insight Development Grant

"You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing" Doris Lessing

IDG Boot Camps 

This facilitated writing group will get you started early, help you work through the IDG proposal in step-by-step fashion, and keep you writing at a steady pace. You should have a draft of your proposal by the time you need to submit your Request for Peer Review.  Steady, staged writing is the best way to avoid last-minute panic, and to turn out a polished, fundable proposal.

Writing sessions are facilitated by Dr. Heather Young-Leslie, the Director of the SS&H Grant Assist Program and a multiple SSHRC (and other) grants awardee. Each meeting will focus on a specific section of the IDG application. Strategies and advice will be shared, and time to develop your own writing will be provided. Participants are paired, with each reading their partner's section drafts, and providing verbal feedback during club meetings.

2017 session dates:  Oct/Nov TBA

Requests for Registration Pending. If you are interested in participating, please complete the form here

[or copy/paste this url into your browser: ]

Weekly Schedule (Tentative)

Week 1: “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on” ― Louis L'Amour . “Organize, don't agonize" ― Nancy Pelosi .

Introductions. Partnering Up.  Navigating and understanding the instructions, expectations and sections of the IDG Application Form. Understanding the IDG evaluators' scoring system. Clarifying proposed vs ongoing research for established scholars. The difference between academic genre and proposal genre. Outlining your argument for funding. 

Week 2: "The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt” ― Sylvia Plath. "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough" ― Albert Einstein

The Detailed Description: Research Problem, Purpose, Plan.

Week 3: “Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass” ― Anton Chekhov. "The budget is not just a collection of numbers, but an expression of our values and aspirations" ― Jacob Lew

Methodology; Timeline; Goldilocking your budget (what not to leave out); Aboriginal Research; Research-Creation.

Week 4: "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination" ― Albert Einstein 

Student Training; Knowledge Mobilization; Open Access.

Week 5: "Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be" ― Mark Twain.  "I rewrote the ending of Farewell to Arms, the last page of it, 39 times before I was satisfied" ―  Ernest Hemingway

Crafting The Summary; Fatal Errors/How to irritate the reviewers; Murdering your darlings.

If the fact will not fit the theory, let the theory go” ― Agatha Christie 

"You fail only if you stop writing" ― Ray Bradbury



IDG Half-Day Intensive (Nov/Dec 2017 date TBA)

If you are planning to apply for a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (deadline: February 1 2018) the IDG Half-Day Intensive workshop will help you understand the specific sections of the application form, SSHRC's expectations of researchers applying to the IDG, and what past SSHRC adjudicators have told us about previous competitions.  We will cover the summary, detailed description, knowledge mobilization plan, effective student training and budget. Some short, directed writing exercises will give you strategies for success and there will also be opportunities to ask questions specific to your proposed research. 

The Half-Day Intensive is open to all continuing faculty, and to Postdoctoral Fellows planning to apply to the 2018 competition via the University of Alberta. Postdoctoral fellows and senior graduate students being written into a proposal's research team may accompany the project's PI.

Registration will be required


Atelier Intensif : Subventions de Développement Savoir du CRSH (Nov/Dec TBA)

Si vous avez l'intention de faire une demande de subventions de développement Savoir du CRSH (date limite : le 1 février 2018) et que vous aimeriez recevoir du soutien, un atelier intensif d'une demi-journée vous aidera à comprendre les sections spécifiques du formulaire de demande de développement Savoir et ce que les arbitres du CRSH nous ont dit au sujet des concours précédents. Vous apprendrez également certaines stratégies de réussite et aurez l'occasion de poser des questions spécifiques à votre recherche proposée.

 Le cours intensif d'une demi-journée est ouvert à tous les professeurs permanents et en voie de permanence et aux boursiers postdoctoraux qui prévoient présenter leur candidature à la compétition de 2018 par l'entremise de l'Université de l'Alberta. Les étudiants diplômés supérieurs inscrits dans l'équipe de recherche d'une proposition peuvent accompagner l'IP (l'investigateur principal) du projet.

Les sessions auront au Campus Nord. Si un intérêt est manifesté de la part des chercheurs d’avoir de l’appui pour des demandes rédigées en français, une séance en français pourrait peutêtre organisée aussi. Il est donc important de nous le laisser savoir dès présent.

L'inscription sera obligatoire