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CIHR-style Grant

Each student must write an CIHR-style grant on the topic of their choice. The assignment is worth 25 % of your final grade, and is due in the GPN office on Friday, December 6, 2013 by 4:00 PM.  If the grant is late, 2 points (out of a total of 100) will be deducted for every day (weekends included) that it is late. 

The general guidelines for preparations of grants follow those archived (previously) from the CIHR web site in particular section 10:

Grant Programs - Provide a clear, concise description of your research proposal. A maximum of 11 pages may be attached.
Page limits do not include appendices.

The research proposal should stand alone (i.e., it should contain all the information required to support your research plan and should contain a complete description of your project).  For the purpose of peer review, the research proposal should not depend on information such as appendices that are not included in the page limit of the research proposal. 

In the research proposal applicants must explain:

  1. What they want to do (central hypothesis, research question, specific objectives)
  2. Why this is a reasonable thing to do (review of previous work done on the subject matter, rationale)
  3. Why this is important (new knowledge to be obtained, improvements to health which will result)
  4. How they are going to do it (work plan, timelines, detailed descriptions of methods, analysis and discussion/interpretation of results, pitfalls, ways around the pitfalls, alternatives)
  5. Why they should do it (relevant prior experience and skills, collaborators for technical gaps, preliminary data showing feasibility)
  6. What they and any other Principal Applicant(s) and/or Co-Applicant(s) will do (description of roles)

Legends should be succinct and should not contain detailed information pertaining to methods.

Appendices may include references, tables, charts, figures, photographs, questionnaires and consent forms.

Copies of grants that can be used as a template will be made available.  For the purposes of this exercise, only the main body of the grant (research proposal) and a one-page summary are required; all other sections (as defined by CIHR guidelines) are unnecessary. The body of the grant can be no more than 11 pages in length (single-spaced, font no smaller than 12 point).  A one-page abstract is also required.  Full references using the J Neurosci format are required (see instructions to authors on their web site).  Illustrations (either your own illustrations or copies of figures from papers with full attribution) and references are not included in the page limit. 

You may choose a topic based upon the material to be presented in the course.  The goal is to broaden your knowledge, and thus the topic must be distinct from previous work you carried out for an honours thesis, summer research, etc, as well as from the main focus of the research which goes on in your supervisor"s laboratory.  You should discuss your topic with the module leader responsible for that topic to insure that it is a viable choice, and then have your topic approved by their module leader.  The topic and the module leader's approval must be submitted to the GPN office by October 11, 2013.  A draft of your 1 page summary, including experimental approach, hypotheses, and specific aims, must be handed in (directly to the relevant module leader) on October 30, 2013 (worth 2 % of the grade for the CIHR-style grant).  The purpose is to insure that you begin work in earnest on your grant early in the term, and to allow for feedback (by mid-November) as you progress. The finished project is due in the GPN office by Friday, December 6, 2013 by 4:00 PM


Student Name:____________________________



Approved by Module Leader:_________________






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