Develop research proposals. Secure grant funding. When you contact the research development team, you will find support and guidance, helpful guides and tools to help you through these often complex processes. Our research development advisors collaborate with researchers in every Concordia faculty to seek targeted funding opportunities and to help you review and develop research funding applications.
A few of the key services provided by the research development team include:
- project and proposal development assistance, as well as access to a bank of sample applications, and
- organizing workshops and information sessions on proposal writing, agency programs and other topics.
All proposals submitted by University faculty members are reviewed by Office of Research staff to ensure adherence to internal and external policies and procedures. Certain aspects of the application process need significant lead time before the agency deadline, such as preparation of an online curriculum vitae or translation requirements. More details on the application process and important deadlines are available on our website, or contact your faculty research development advisor or another member of the Office of Research staff team for further information.
Develop your application
Once a funding opportunity has been identified, the applicant(s) (primary investigator and co-applicants) should consult the up-to-date agency guidelines, eligibility criteria and the deadline for the program of interest. It is recommended to start developing the application well in advance of the agency deadline. Work closely with your faculty research development advisor who is available to provide support and offer feedback on early drafts and advice throughout the application process:
Steps to apply
- Register and create an online user account and password to access agency forms.
- Update and upload your CV information:
CIHR, FRQ-NT, FRQ-SC, FRQ-S: use the Common CV
SSHRC and NSERC: follow agency guidelines
- Map out the research proposal and make sure that the proposal is designed according to the specific objectives of the selected program and that all evaluation criteria are well addressed. Verify if translation is needed.
- Develop a first draft of the budget and make sure that it respects funding agency specific regulations for eligible and ineligible expenses. Applicants are encouraged to consult university policies and faculty guidelines on budget expenditures such as hiring research personnel, equipment purchase, and travel.
- Identify if there is any special support required from the University to carry out the proposed research, such as: financial contribution, matching funds, additional space, renovation cost, installation and acquisition cost, technical support, administrative support, time release, etc. Contact your department head or Faculty Dean’s Office to discuss needs and get approval.
- Gather required supporting documentation such as letters of support from third parties or from the university administration, co-investigator(s)/collaborator(s)’ CVs, quotations for equipment or other purchases, translation requests, etc.
- Finalize the proposal and the budget. Complete the internal Grant Submission Form. All commitments will be reviewed before final university approval is granted.
- Familiarize yourself with university and external policies concerning ethics for research involving humans or animals, environmental health and safety, intellectual property, and controlled goods. Prepare any required documents along with your application to avoid future delays in accessing your funds should your application be funded.
Submit your application
- Submit your complete application to your faculty research development advisor as soon as possible, so they can give it a final review and obtain approval by the University.
- For electronic submissions, the Principal Investigator (PI) is responsible for submitting the application online. The OOR will confirm its release to the granting agency. For paper submissions, the OOR will send the application package including all the necessary signatures and documents to the funding agency by courier.
Communication of results
Once an agency notifies the Office of Research, we will disseminate the results of the competition to the Faculties and applicants. The Office of Research issues the notices of award and liaises with Restricted Funds in Financial Services for the opening of research accounts.
Advisors, Research Development strategize with researchers in their respective sectors to develop customized research funding plans in the short and long term across all funding agencies, targeting funding opportunities and providing advice and support in grant proposal development.
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