Grant Applications

Grant Writing is an Art

"There is no grantsmanship that will turn a bad idea into a good one, but there are many ways to disguise a good one." - Dr. William Raub, Former Deputy Director, NIH

Grant Writing Tips

  1. The research question must be worth asking. Is the question relevant and original?
  2. Know the granting agency. Do they fund projects in your area? Target the proposal to the agency's objectives or to the particular call for proposals.
  3. Learn about the review committee. What kind of expertise is represented? Assume that the reviewers are in a somewhat related field, not an expert directly in the area of the proposal, and write the grant accordingly.
  4. Learn from others. Examine successful grants in your area.
  5. Start early. Allow plenty of time for writing, gathering signatures, obtaining CVs of co-applicants, and rewriting.
  6. Support the proposal with strong preliminary data. Show that your plan is feasible.
  7. Follow granting agency instructions exactly.
  8. Write for the reviewers. Your grant should be clear, to the point and enjoyable to read. This document summarizes scoring criteria for SSHRC Insight and Insight Development grants.
  9. Have a colleague(s) review your document for the science. (Internal Review)
  10. Have a "lay reader" proofread your document for spelling, grammar and to ensure that you have followed the agency's instructions.
  11. A strong CV is important. If applicable to the granting agency, the "most significant career contributions" section is critical.
  12. The budget should be realistic and well-documented. Pay close attention to the budget justification. For Information on rates for travel and hiring students on Tri-Council funding applications and see more detailed budget information below.
"If you don't apply, you won't get funded."

Documents, books and web sites offering tips for writing Research Grant Proposals.

Budget Information & Additional Tips for Writing Successful Research Grant Applications



How to Submit your Research Grant/ Contract Application