Proposal Development

Once you have identified an opportunity, your proposal needs to be developed so requirements of both the sponsor and university are met.

Research Services has resources for researchers to help you develop your research programs and funding applications


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.
Tri-Agency Workshops

We support researchers by offering a variety of sponsor-specific workshops throughout the year with an emphasis on Tri-Agency funding:

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

These workshops offer information on finding and applying for funding. The workshop material includes discussions on adjudication processes, application guidelines, evaluation criteria, checklists and best practices common to strong applications. They are presented by the sponsor and/or U of A professors who have served on Tri-Agency peer review committees. Along with these federal government funding opportunities, the RSO offers workshops on new and existing international, private, public and community based research funding sources such as Alberta Innovates, National Institutes of Health, etc.

Researchers can also attend workshops to learn about research funding support specific to the U of A.

Researchers should contact their faculty-assigned research facilitator for individual consultation and mentorship on finding potential and applying for research funding. Announcements of these workshops will be posted on this website and circulated by research facilitators as they are released.


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


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.


Related Links:
Health Sciences Grant Assistance
Social Sciences and Humanities Grant Assistance
Natural Sciences and Engineering Grant Assistance
EDI for Grant Development