The Office of Research works with investigators throughout the proposal cycle. Our goal is to improve the overall success rates of grant applications and enable researchers to apply for more funding.
The Research Grant Development Officer offers research proposal support including: writing and editing support; facilitating the overall grant process; and ensuring proposals adhere to agency guidelines.
Please contact the Research Grant Development Officer well in advance of the grant competition internal deadline if you require assistance (minimum 2 weeks).
This page provides information, links, resources, and templates for proposal development, providing a starting point for investigators as they begin writing and preparing their grant proposals.
Proposal Preparation Resources
- The Art of Grantsmanship – A useful guide by Dr. Jacob Kraicer of the University of Toronto Department of Physiology.
- Key Recommendations for Improving Proposal Outcomes
- NIH Grant Writing Tip Sheets
- A Guide for Proposal Writing (National Science Foundation)
- Samples, Templates & Worksheets (Link)
- Guidebook for New Principal Investigators (CIHR)
- The Art of Writing a CIHR Application (CIHR)
Getting an Institutional Letter of Support
Some research funding programs require that letters of institutional support be included with the application describing any financial or other commitments by the lead institution and possibly the partner institutions in support of the proposed research. Sponsors usually permit only one letter of support per institution that documents specific commitments to the research initiative, and includes institutional endorsement of the application. Therefore, at the University of Toronto the letter is normally signed by the Vice-President, Research & Innovation.
Instructions on how to request a letter of support from the University of Toronto
Sample Grant Applications
NIH, RO1, RO3, NIAID Sample forms, Plans, letters and More
Research Grant Application Checklist
Once you have identified a potential funding source, use this checklist as a guide to ensure on-time submission.
CIHR Project Grant Checklists:
Registration Project Grant – Checklist
Full Application Project Grant – Checklist