Research Development Grants

The Faculty of Health invites all full time Dal Health faculty members to submit a proposal for a Research Development Grant. Consistent with our Strategic Plan we will accept proposals from broad perspectives of Health. The goal of the competition is to support faculty in advancing their program of research with the expectation that the funding will prepare the researcher or research team for a competitive submission to external foundations/funding agencies.

Research Development Grants (up to $5,000)

Priority will be given to proposals:

  • From new investigators within 5 years of their appointment to Dalhousie
  • From new collaborations or teams
  • From senior researchers who are refocusing or broadening their research program

The submission should include a 1 page executive summary of the research proposal in lay terminology.  That page should indicate in point form: applicant name, year of appointment to Dalhousie, and (if applicable) to which external grant competition the applicant intends to apply.

The proposal itself should be no more than 5 pages in length (single spaced, 12 font, 1 inch margins) and should include the following components:

  • Research question/purpose
  • Rationale for the research question and its significance relative to what is known in the field
  • Method
  • Data analysis
  • Clearly identify how this work will advance your/your Team’s research program.  NB. It is the applicant’s responsibility to clearly articulate the impact of the funding in advancing their research program.
  • Research team and their contributions to the proposed work
  • Expected timelines

A proposed budget must be added as Appendix A (not included in the 5 pages).  The budget should be no more than 2 pages - the second page providing justification for the items listed on page 1.

NOTE: If you have received funding through this award in any of the past 3 years please provide ONE paragraph describing the research outputs from that funding e.g., publications, applications to an external agency, trainee support, etc.  Please note that this should include grant applications that have been applied for even if not awarded.  Provide the year of the award (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18)  and the title of the project.

General Information

Applications that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be reviewed. Each application will be evaluated on the strengths of the components outlined above.

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Submissions sent electronically to Janet MacDonald, Dean’s Office, Faculty of Health at