Insight in sight

Friday, September 20th, 2013
Let’s say you’re a hard-working scholar, perhaps recently become a professor, and you’ve just been awarded a grant to pursue your research. Celebration and satisfaction aside, now what?

How do you best manage the grant to ensure that it helps you make progress on your research?

How and when do you report your use of the funds?

Is there anyone else asking the same questions or, as so often can be the sentiment in academia, are you all alone?

SSHRC IDG session

Associate Vice-Principal of Research and McGill’s SSHRC leader Sarah Stroud explains the ins and outs of various SSHRC funding programs, among them, the Insight Development Grants / Photo: Owen Egan

To encourage the exchange of just this kind of question, McGill’s Office of Sponsored Research held a networking session on September 5 for its 22 winners of the 2013 SSHRC Insight Development Grant (IDG).

Insight Development Grants, which provide between $7,000 and $75,000 of funding for professors – and occasionally postdoctoral researchers – for up to two years, seek to support research in its early stages, such as in the development of new research questions, or for case studies, pilot projects or analyses of existing research.

The networking session included an overview of how to manage the IDG funds, brief presentations of by the grant winners themselves about their research topics, and a lively question and answer session that covered everything from budgeting grants with help from Financial Services to outlining contracts with student research assistants.

Associate Vice-Principal of Research and McGill’s SSHRC Leader Sarah Stroud welcomed the participants, noting that, as grant winners, they are among a select group of scholars whose research contributions have received recognition from the premier granting council in the humanities and social sciences.

The idea for the event originated in the desire to invite talented, emerging scholars to get to know each other, Stroud explained. “It’s the first event of this kind at McGill, but definitely not the last. McGill is a hotbed of fascinating research and our hope is that sessions such as these will help our accomplished faculty get to know each other, foster collaboration and build connections across disciplines.”


Winners of the 2013 SSHRC Insight Development Grant. McGill has 22 IDG holders for 2013.

Winners of the 2013 SSHRC Insight Development Grant, of which McGill has 22 for this competition year. / Photo: Owen Egan

McGill’s 2013 Insight Development Grant winners and their projects

  • Matthieu Chemin (Economics): The casual impact of the judiciary on economic activity: evidence from a randomized field experiment in Kenya
  • Lorenz Luthi (History and Classical Studies): India between Afro-Asia solidarity and non-alignment, 1947-1974
  • Lisa Stevenson (Anthropology) and Eduardo Kohn (Anthropology): In the shadow of care: Inuit, the State and the collusion of different forms of care from 1940 to the present
  • Nathan Hall (Education) and Jessica Ruglis (Education): Promoting adjustment, achievement, and retention in CEGEP students: A mixed-method, motivational perspective
  • Michael Van Dussen (English): Collecting and curiosity before print: The idea of the archive in fifteenth-century England
  • Victor Muniz-Fraticelli (Law): The legal structure of ecclesiastical polity
  • Ipek Tureli (Architecture): Spatialising the missionary encounter in Beirut and Izmir
  • Jeffrey Moser (East Asian Studies): Excavating China’s first archaeologist
  • Francisco Alvarez-Cuadrado (Economics) and Christopher Barrington-Leigh (Institute for Health and Social Policy): Interdependent preferences and subjective well-being: an experimental approach
  • Prashant Keshavmurthy (Islamic Studies): The masses and the mundane: political thought in late Mughal commentaries on Sa’di’s ‘Rose-Garden’
  • Matteo Soranzo (Languages, Literatures, Cultures): The Renaissance of self-transformation
  • Roberta (Becky) Lentz (Art History and Communication Studies): Rendering visible the infrastructure of media policy advocacy practice
  • Mohsen al Attar (Law): Trading in democracy – Trade law and the reconfiguration of Canadian democratic values
  • Shelley Clark (Sociology) and Céline Le Bourdais (Sociology) : Pilot test of a new Family Support Tree (FST) survey instrucment in Montréal, Canada and Nairobi, Kenya
  • Victoria Talwar (Education) and Shaheen Shariff (Education): “Just having fun!”: Youth perceptions and evaluations of on-line behavior and cyberbullying
  • Ruthanne Huising (Management): Creating responsive regulation: A study of the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act’s consultative regulatory development process
  • Vincent Forray (Law): La formalization du droit par l’écriture juridique : étude d’un phénomène de dissémination du pouvoir en démocratie
  • Leslie Tomory (History and Classical Studies): Early industrial technological networks: London’s water supply in the eighteenth century
  • Paul Zanazanian (Education): Historical consciousnesness and community education: how English-speaking community leaders in Quebec make sense of the past for fostering community vitality and civic engagement

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