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Grant Writing Resources

Writing Winning Proposals

Steps for Writing Winning Proposals:

    1. Read request for proposal (RFP) and all guidelines carefully.

    2. Call or email the URS contact in Grants & Development for any RFP updates, tips, etc. and to arrange a time for review of the draft proposal.

    3. Start writing the proposal as early as possible.

    4. Draft the proposal according to RFP guidelines. Use program criteria as subject headings if possible, and use tips and best practices from URS and colleagues.

    5. Seek informal peer review before submitting to URS for review.

    6. Complete an Awards application in TRAQ .

    7. Send proposal to URS for final review.

      Proposal Writing Resources

      Best Practice Documents

      Information has been gathered from grant committee members, consultants, program officers and successful proposals to create several Best Practice guidelines for common funding programs. Click on the links below for access (restricted to Queen's faculty, staff and students).

      Knowledge Translation (KT) & Knowledge Mobilization (KM/KMb) Resources

      CIHR Resources

      SSHRC Resources

      eBooks & Guides

      Health Sciences  

      Social Sciences & Humanities

      Additional Resources

      • (McMaster University): An online database of systematic reviews relevant to public health topics. The reviews are key-worded and rated for methodological quality. Users must register to browse collection.

      • KT Clearinghouse Canada - KT Tools: KT Clearinghouse is a repository of KT resources funded by CIHR. The website includes a list of tools related to practicing and advancing KT.

      Publication Metrics & Tracking Research Publications

      Publication metrics

      Tracking Research Publications

      • Most journals and publishing companies allow researchers to sign up for email / RSS updates about when new articles are published in specific journals or disciplines. Typically, researchers can subscribe to these services either by visiting a journal's webpage or the publishing company's webpage. See, for example, the Springer RSS feeds & the SpringerAlerts services.

      • ResearchGate lets registered users get statistics about the number of views, downloads, and citations of their papers. Researchers can also follow their peers and receive updates when the individuals they are following publish new articles.

      • BioMedUpdater is a free updating service that keeps researchers updated about the top publications published in their domain of work and/or clinical practice. Researchers can customize the time interval for each update and the number of items per list.

      • Google Scholar can provide PIs regular updates on who is citing their publications. Researchers can also graph their number of citations over time and compute several publication metrics.

      • Frontiers - the open access journals for the Nature Publishing Group - has developed the Frontiers Research Network, which combines an open access publication venue with research networking. Account holders can follow peers and view statistics on article views / downloads.

      Additional Resources

      Last Updated: June 16, 2015

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