Steps for Writing Winning Proposals:
Read request for proposal (RFP) and all guidelines carefully.
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.
Start writing the proposal as early as possible.
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.
Seek informal peer review before submitting to URS for review.
Send proposal to URS for final review.
Proposal Writing Resources
Handbook of scientific proposal writing (eBook). (Queen's Library Internal)
How to write a grant proposal (eBook). (Queen's Library Internal)
URS archived presentations on grant writing and specific grant programs
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).
eBooks & Guides
Communicating effectively with physicians to influence practice. Region of Peel Public Health.(Queen's Library Internal)
Effective dissemination of findings from research. Institute of Health Economics. (Queen's Library Internal)
Report on knowledge transfer & exchange practices: A systematic review of the quality and types of instruments used to assess KTE implementation and impact. Institute for Health & Work. (Queen's Library Internal)
Social Sciences & Humanities
Social innovation in Canada: An update. Canadian Policy Research Network. (Queen's Library Internal)
Healthevidence.org (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.
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.
RefWorks: a citation management program that is supported by the Queen's University Libraries.
SHERPA/RoMEO: a searchable database of publishers' open access publication policies. Search by journal title or by publisher.
SHERPA/JULIET : a searchable database of funding agencies' open access publication policies. Database includes both Canadian and international agencies.