Proposal Development

When embarking on the process of applying for research funding, some planning is recommended prior to actually beginning to prepare the proposal. While acknowledging each proposal has its unique characteristics, a researcher should undertake some advance planning which can consist of:

  • • Reading the guidelines, instructions and eligibility
  • • Reviewing the pertinent literature
  • • Building a research team
  • • Drafting a “detailed description” of your project
  • • Developing a budget and cost justification
  • • Considering student roles and training
  • • Devising a plan for knowledge mobilization
  • • Seeking advice from your colleagues and faculty grant facilitator

Memorial has designed and implemented a variety of tools to support researchers during the proposal development phase.

This “Research Project Management” website has been developed to support a researcher throughout the entire research project life cycle and a number of templates have been developed which can support the researcher during the proposal stage. Depending on the funding agencies guidelines and instruction, the researcher may find value in leveraging the following templates:

Should the researcher be successful in obtaining funding, these templates can easily be adapted to support in the actual management of the project, should the principal investigator wish to utilize them

Furthermore, the Memorial Researcher Tools & Resources portal is a website for research data management. The Researcher Portal allows a researcher to apply for various types of research funding and ethics certifications. Link:

Throughout the proposal phase of the project lifecycle, the faculty grant facilitator is there to support you during this critical step. Here is a link to the web page for facilitators: