Application Development

Proposal Development

The Research Relationships team supports UAlberta faculty applying to Tri-Agency and comparable external research competitions. 

We are peer mentors, experienced researchers who work with you to strategize and develop the strongest possible submissions. Contact us for:

  • Strategic advice: Peer mentoring, aligning research proposals with funder requirements, grant laddering, academic content, knowledge mobilization/translation, and research data management.
  • Grant-crafting: Group sessions to improve grant genre literacy and grant writing proficiency.
  • Grant application development: Proposed research project/program concept assessment, proposal peer review, editorial review, occasional research assistant and graphics support.
  • Research team and sponsor relations development: Facilitation of networking opportunities between researcher-colleagues and between researchers and funders.
  • Grant support coordination: Engagement with relevant and complementary units at the University of Alberta to enhance proposals.

Health Sciences Grant Assistance

Social Sciences and Humanities Grant Assistance

Natural Sciences and Engineering Grant Assistance

EDI for Grant Development


Alliance Grant Drop-In Sessions

The Research Relationships team is hosting monthly NSERC Alliance Grant drop-in sessions for researchers who are either thinking about applying for, or are currently in the process of applying for an Alliance Grant.  The sessions are not designed to be a formal presentation on the Alliance Grant program, but rather as an opportunity for researchers to leverage the expertise of the Research Relationships team with the Alliance Grant program to discuss the program and get answers to your questions.  

During the session, we will discuss aspects of the Alliance Grant program that the researchers want to hear about from program guidelines, institutional requirements, budgetary considerations, EDI, partners and funding ratio, partner(s) eligibility, project setup and any other discussion topics you would like to hear about.

At the end of the session, you should have a better understanding of the Alliance Grant program and how it pertains to your current partnerships, or your plans for leveraging partner funding in the future.

You can register for the next session by clicking on the link below.  The registration form allows you to submit your questions ahead of the session.  The next session is:

Thursday, June 17th, 11:00am - 12:00pm, (Session cancelled).  No sessions scheduled for July/August.  Monthly sessions will resume in September.  If you have specific questions about the Alliance program in the meantime, please contact your Research Facilitator.

Resources

Alliance Grant Application Guide (New)

NSERC external co-applicant confirmation form

Alliance Grant Application Tip Sheet

Equity Diversity and Inclusion in Alliance Grants

Application Guide Alberta Innovates Advance Program


Applying for NIH Grants: What does it take?

Date: Thursday, November 5, 12pm - 1pm (virtual)
Presenter: Dr. Stephanie Yanow, School of Public Health, NIH reviewer and grant holder.

This workshop is to provide tips and guidance on writing a National Institutes of Health (NIH) application and what peer reviewers look for in a NIH application. It is offered by the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation and Research Services Office Research Relationships. Other interested researchers on campus are welcome to attend.

NIH Q&A Video Presentation 

NIH Applications Q&A


CREATE Grant Roundtable 

The Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program supports the training and mentoring of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that

  • encourage collaborative and integrative approaches, and address significant scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities
  • facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce

These innovative programs must foster the acquisition and development of important professional skills among students and postdoctoral fellows that complement their qualifications and technical skills, and improve their job readiness for careers in industry, government, non-governmental organizations and/or academia.

The Research Relationships team is hosting an NSERC CREATE Roundtable with current CREATE leaders and a member of the CREATE Evaluation panel.  Potential applicants are invited to learn from experienced CREATE program leaders what it takes to develop a successful CREATE application.

Monday March 15th, 10:30am - 12:00pm, online delivery

Register for the session by clicking here

Additional information about the NSERC CREATE



SSHRC Connection Grants

Noon Hour Grant Development Workshops 2021: SSHRC Connection Grants

Offered by Research Relationships, Research Services

Workshop Date: April 14, 2021
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

To assist researchers to plan their application far in advance of the SSHRC deadline, this virtual recurring one hour workshop will cover key mandatory sections of a SSHRC Connection Grant application and how to apply for an Event and/or Outreach Activity. In this workshop, we will provide advice and tips in developing a competitive application. Most of the time will be devoted to specific content for each section and the dos and don’ts.

April 14th session full.

Future workshops will be held on July 14 and October 13, registration TBA.

Plan Ahead! Know your ... Upcoming Application Deadlines and RSO Application Submission and Institutional Approval Process



SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants

Noon Hour Grant Development Workshops 2021: SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants

Offered by Research Relationships, Research Services

Workshop Dates: May 12, 2021
Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm

To assist researchers to plan their application far in advance of the SSHRC deadline, this virtual recurring one hour workshop will cover key mandatory sections of a SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant (PEG) application and RSO submission process. In this workshop, we will provide advice and tips in developing an effective PEG application. Most of the time will be devoted to specific content for each section and examples of dos and don’ts.

Register here by May 11, 2021. We may limit the number of participants to facilitate a fulsome discussion.

Future workshops will be held on August 11 and November 10, registration TBA.

Plan Ahead! Know your ... Upcoming Application Deadlines and RSO Application Submission and Institutional Approval Process 


Noon Hour Grant Development Workshops 2021:  SSHRC Insight Grants Rapid Overview

Offered by Research Relationships, Research Services 

Workshop Date:  May 19, 2021

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

It’s never too early to begin thinking about preparing your Insight Grant application in advance of the next SSHRC deadline.  In this virtual one hour overview workshop we will help you determine the most important points to emphasize in the key mandatory sections of a SSHRC Insight Grant application.  With  early preparation it makes developing a SSHRC grant application seem less overwhelming and generates a more competitive proposal. 

Register here by May 18, 2021. We may limit the number of participants to facilitate a fulsome discussion.

Plan Ahead!  Know your ... Upcoming Application Deadlines and RSO Application Submission and Institutional Approval  Process


Noon Hour Grant Development Workshops 2021:  SSHRC Partnership Development Grants Rapid Overview

Offered by Research Relationships, Research Services 

Workshop Date:  May 26, 2021

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

It’s never too early to begin thinking about preparing your Partnership Development Grant application in advance of the SSHRC deadline.  In this virtual one hour workshop we will help you determine the most important points to emphasize in the key mandatory sections of a SSHRC PDG application.  With early preparation it makes developing a SSHRC grant application seem less overwhelming and generates a more competitive proposal. 

Register here by May 25, 2021. We may limit the number of participants to facilitate a fulsome discussion.

A Zoom invite will be sent closer to the workshop date.

Plan Ahead!  Know your ... Upcoming Application Deadlines and RSO Application Submission and Institutional Approval  Process


Planning and Management of “Big” Programs

March 25, 2021

The Mechanical Engineering Research Planning Committee (RPC) would like to offer a Zoom workshop on "big" research program management at 11 am MT on March 25, 2021.

Jamie Hogan will  cover strategies for reducing stress when pursuing and managing your research programs. We will discuss team formation, organizational structures, resource allotment, hiring and training HQP, data management, knowledge translation, and media. The content builds on many conversations with senior colleagues and those managing large research programs .

The session will be important for those applying for CREATE, CFI IF, and NSERC Alliance.

The session will also be especially helpful to Early Career Researchers as they map out their research program structure.

In the session, John Doucette, who currently serves as a reviewer for CREATE, will be available to answer questions. André McDonald will be able to answer questions regarding CFI. Terra Garneau will be available for questions as well.

This session is open to the whole campus community. Register here


Noon Hour Grant Development Workshops 2021: SSHRC Insight Development Grants Rapid Overview

Offered by Research Relationships, Research Services 

Workshop Date: June 23, 2021

Time: 12:00pm -1:00pm

It’s never too early to begin thinking about preparing your Insight Development Grant application in advance of the SSHRC deadline. In this virtual one hour overview workshop we will help you determine the most important points to emphasize in the key mandatory sections of a SSHRC IDG application.  With early preparation it makes developing a SSHRC grant application seem less overwhelming and generates a more competitive proposal. 

Register here by June 22, 2021. We may limit the number of participants to facilitate a fulsome discussion.

A Zoom invite will be sent closer to the workshop date.

Plan Ahead!  Know your ... Upcoming Application Deadlines and RSO Application Submission and Institutional Approval  Process.


New Frontiers in Research Fund Exploration Roundtable with Evaluators (Campus wide session)

When: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Time: 10:30am – 11:45am

Where: Online

Are you thinking about applying or re-applying to the 2021 NFRF Exploration round? Meet eight of the multidisciplinary review panel members who participated in the NFRF Exploration application panel at the roundtable to get insights and tips. The Research Relationships team offers this application development session to prepare researchers for the 2021 NFRF Exploration’s call for proposal. With a better understanding of how reviewers assess applications and what makes an application successful might help boost the competitiveness of your application.

Register here.

Registrants will receive a link to the virtual event in a calendar invitation closer to the event date.