University Research Services

University Research Services
University Research Services


Please use the collapsible menus below to access resources.

Proposal Writing Resources:
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 (below) 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:
• TOP 10 Tips for Preparing and Completing a Stellar Grant Proposal  (PDF, 79 KB)
• CIHR Guide - The Art of Writing a CIHR Application
• CIHR Guide for New Investigators - Grant Writing Tips
Elements of a Strong Training Plan (CIHR) (PDF, 407 KB) - see also this CIHR online tutorial on best practices in mentorship & training
Writing effective letters of support (CIHR)
• Larry McEnerney's workshop on Research Writing: 26 page handout* (PDF, 150KB) and video* (PDF, 39KB)
• Kristina Arseneau's workshop on Grant Writing: Expanding Horizons presentation (access with NetID)
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).
• Best Practice for Natural Sciences & Engineering 
• Best Practice for Social Sciences & Humanities 
Other Useful Resources:
Knowledge Translation/Knowledge Mobilization:
CIHR Resources
• Casebook: End-of-grant KT
• Casebook: Integrated KT
• Guide to knowledge synthesis
• Knowledge Translation at CIHR: This summary document created by URS is based primarily on the CIHR Guide to Knowledge Translation & Planning. The summary defines key KT terms, provides 1-page summaries of both integrated KT and end-of-grant KT, and includes an extensive list of end-of-grant KT examples.
• KT learning modules
• List of websites related to KT (external to CIHR)
Health Sciences:
• 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)
• Facilitating a knowledge translation process: Knowledge review and facilitation tool. Institut national de santé publique du Québec. (Queen's Library Internal)
• Knowledge transfer and exchange in research: A guide for applicants and reviewers. Heart and Stroke Foundation.
• Knowledge translation in health care: Moving from evidence to practice. S. E. Strauss et al. (eds).
• Knowledge translation (KT) planning primer. Public Health Agency of Canada.
• 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)
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.
Citation Metrics, Bibliometrics and ID Numbers:
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.
Allows 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.
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.
The open access journals for the Nature Publishing Group - has developed Loop 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.