Research Development Grants

The Faculty of Health invites all full time FH faculty members to submit a proposal for a Research Development Grant. 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.

All applicants must have a current research program at the time of application, including, but not limited to, designated research time and funding, and must be eligible to apply for independent tri-council funding.

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
  • That demonstrate alignment with the Faculty of Health Priority Research Areas (see below)

In addition to the 3 page proposal, the submission should include 3-5 bullet points summarizing the application, including (but not limited to): the problem/question being addressed; the proposed solution; impact of the research; funding competition being targeted and how the research development grant will enhance/prepare the researcher/research team for said competition; and identification of the Faculty of Health Priority Research Area for which the proposal aligns.

This first page of the application should also indicate the applicants name and year of appointment to Dalhousie.

The proposal (maximum 3 pages, single spaced, 12 pt font, 1” margins) should include the following:

  • Research question/purpose including rationale and its significance relative to what is known in the field
  • Method and data analysis
  • Clear identification of 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. This may include details on the targeted funding and how the funding provided would facilitate a future application
  • Research team and their contributions to the proposed work
  • Expected timelines

Given the maximum amount available for a single award ($5000), applicants are advised to provide detail sufficient to justify the need for the research and to allow for an understanding of the methods/approach, but that is consistent with the scope of the Research Development Grant (i.e., it is not a tri-council operating grant, and should be treated accordingly). Application review will be performed accordingly.

A proposed budget and brief justification for each item requested must be added as an Appendix (maximum 1 page, not included in the 3 pages above).

NOTE: If you have received funding through this award in any of the past 3 years please provide ONE paragraph describing the outcomes from that funding e.g., applications to an external agency, research products (publications etc), 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 (2016-2017, 2017-2018 or 2018-2019) and the title of the project.

**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.

Deadline: Monday, January 13th, 2020

Please submit the application electronically to Janet MacDonald, c/o Dean’s Office, Faculty of Health. (

Faculty of Health – Priority Research Areas

1. Health equity and resilience – focusses on the health, healthcare and social needs of vulnerable and marginalized populations.

2. Health and health systems transformation – focusses on the changing definition of health and healthcare to one driven by illness or intervention to one that focusses on how we care for our health across the lifespan.

3. Body function and mobility across the health continuum – focusses on the impact of body function and physical activity on healthy living, prevention and management of chronic diseases and optimizing interventions.