Funding related research proposals in the natural sciences, engineering, and health (NSERC/FRQNT & CIHR/FRQS) | GPLL430


This workshop is intended for current or future students in research-based graduate programs, who are preparing a Fall scholarship application to a federal or provincial government research agency.

Research proposals vary tremendously between departments, research areas, and individuals, but there are also standard ways to present this material for each agency and scholarship program. Most fundamentally, this requires that all applicants read the program instructions carefully for the drafts they are creating. For example, several programs require clear 1) background/introduction, 2) hypothesis/aims/objectives, 3) method/description, 4) Implications/Impact. This can often mean creating sub-headings within your proposal to explicitly identify and address each of these elements.


Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the key elements that are required within a research proposal, for a certain funding program under NSERC/FRQNT or CIHR/FRQS.
  • Format your proposal in such a way to highlight each of these essential items.
  • Draft a preliminary research proposal and send it out for appropriate peer-review and feedback.

Leaders Information

This workshop is led by Michael Verwey, the Fellowship Development Advisor in the School of Graduate Studies at Concordia University. After completing his doctorate in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University, Michael was a postdoctoral researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and the Montreal Clinical Research Institute. In support of these research experiences, Michael has held several competitive scholarships and fellowships, from the FRQS, CIHR, NSERC, and Concordia University. More recently, Michael has continued to contribute to the development of research proposals and the management of funding competitions through his roles in the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation) at McGill University, as the Manager of Programs at Brain Canada Foundation, and as an independent consultant for Canadian researchers.

Additional Information

Note: Students are still ultimately responsible for ensuring their own applications conform to the instructions and standards laid out by each agency for the specific funding program(s) they ultimately select.

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Event details

Workshop Location


Start Date

Thursday, July 7, 2022

End Date

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Workshop days



From 09:30 to 11:00


Anim Hossain


100 / 100

Registration deadline

Monday, July 4, 2022

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