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
Monday, April 8, 2013 by 8:30 AM. 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:
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:
- What they want to do (central hypothesis, research question, specific objectives)
- Why this is a reasonable thing to do (review of previous work done on the subject matter, rationale)
- Why this is important (new knowledge to be obtained, improvements to health which will result)
- 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)
- Why they should do it (relevant prior experience and skills, collaborators for
technical gaps, preliminary data showing feasibility)
- 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
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 February 4, 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
March 1, 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-March) as you progress.
The finished project is due in the GPN office by Monday, April 8, 2013 by 8:30 AM.
Approved by Module Leader:_________________