Research Commons now accepting applications for new Grant Clinic

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The Research Commons at York University is now accepting applications for its new Grant Clinic. The Grant Clinic is a pilot program set to begin this May. A group of 32 researchers will be selected to receive a comprehensive package of tailored supports to create applications for Canada’s core operating grant competitions in fall 2020: The Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight, Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Projects and the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) Exploration competitions. Eight researchers will be selected for each of the four competitions.

The selected researchers will be enrolled in a series of workshops, one-on-one tailored pedagogy and external peer reviews for their grant applications. The goal of the Grant Clinic is to create competitive, high-quality applications for submission in Fall 2020.

Applications are due noon on April 17 and successful applicants will be notified by April 27.

Who is this the Grant Clinic for?

  • Faculty available to commit weekly to grant development throughout May, June and July 2020 (schedule will be tailored to an individual’s commitments).
  • Faculty who meet at least one of the three below criteria:
    • Faculty who have never held a SSHRC Insight, NSERC Discovery, CIHR Project or NFRF Exploration;
    • Faculty who want to apply to a new Tri-Council for the first time;
    • Faculty who have not held a Tri-Council grant in the past three years.

If I am accepted into the program, what is my commitment?

Mandatory engagement in the following components:

  • Two workshops in May 2020 with independent grant related work in between workshops (approximately 6 hours in May);
  • Five meetings with your personal Grant Development Instructor over June and July 2020 (approximately 10 hours in June and July);
  • You will need to have a complete grant draft by August 1, 2020 to allow for external peer review process (time to vary between individuals); and
  • You will need to thoroughly review external peer reviewer comments with your Grant Development Instructor in August-September.

Why should I participate in the Grant Clinic?

  • You will work with distinguished researchers and have your own tailored grant writing program with highly experienced Grant Development Instructors;
  • You will gain valuable insights and transferable skills for Canada’s leading research programs that will foster a successful academic career.

How do I apply?

Visit to complete the brief application form, submit your CV (any format) and a 250-word summary of your proposed research.

Faculty Associate Deans Research will participate in VPRI’s adjudication process.

Successful applicants will be notified by April 27.

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