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Overview and Check List3 Interactive Session – Steps in completing a grant submission3.3 Step 3 - Start on the Full SubmissionAbstract or Research SummaryYou have that from 3.4 aboveResearch QuestionThat should have been developed in Module 1.BackgroundInformation from literature review in Module 2Previous Work by ApplicantsIf applicableSignificance or RationaleTells the reviewer why it is important to conduct the studyMethods:- Setting- Study DesignFrom Module 3, 4 or 5- SubjectsFrom Module 3,4 or 5- Data CollectionFrom Module 7 data management- Outcome Measures- Procedures- Data ManagementFrom Module 7 data management- Sample Size- AnalysesFrom Modules 8 and 9 statistical analysesEthical ConsiderationsSee links in Module 7Knowledge TranslationFeasibilityTimelineRelevanceEnd by telling reviewers how this research is relevant to child health (End on a strong, positive note)PersonnelDetails of salaries and indications of part-time or fulltime (Don’t forget to add benefits). From implementation moduleServicesFrom implementation moduleSuppliesFrom implementation moduleEquipmentProvide 3 quotes from companiesTravelOtherTotal per yearModule 10: Grant Writing: or “Finally, your time has come!!”Ruth Milner MScOverview and Check ListObjective:To understand how to put together the actual grant proposal so that the funding agency will not beable to refuse you.At the end of this module, the participant will be able to: Complete a Letter of Intent and complete an application for a funding agency Recognize the different formats for grant proposals required by different agencies Understand each of the steps required to write the final research proposal in the format dictated by the agency Summarize succinctly in one page or less the whole project in language that can be understood by a lay person  Write the expanded scientific proposal in 12 pages or less Lay out the budget in a clear and articulate way, justifying each of the monies requested Complete the application by adding appropriate curriculum vitaes, references, and other pertinent information required by each agency 1 BackgroundGranting agencies such Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Vancouver Foundation (BCMSF), and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) now have a two stage system for applying for grants. The first is a Letter of Intent/Inquiry (LOI) to give the agency a chance to look at your idea to see if it fits with their funding mandate and whether the budget is within the limits the agency set. If the answer to the LOI is positive, you then have a few weeks to complete the full proposal for submission.The Letter of Intent is very important since it is your first attempt to pique the interest of the agency. If it does then you will asked to send the full proposal. The actual writing of the full grant proposal is onerous, not because it is difficult to write but because it is almost impossible to get allthe information you feel the agency reviewer needs to know in 12 pages or less (the usual length of a proposal) and still keep the reviewer’s interest. That 12 pages has to contain the scientific background for the study, the literature review of work to date, the rationale, the aims and objectives, design, methods, analysis, ethical issues, limitations and relevance of the study. However, the onus of writing a good proposal pales in comparison to pulling together all the administrative documents required by most agencies. You are warned, but you will be guided through the different steps as the module progresses. 2 Strategy for the moduleInteractive Session: Sections ? to ? outline each of the steps required to produce a complete grant proposal from the LOI to the final administrative dotted “i” and crossed “t”.Assignment: To demonstrate that you can follow the steps needed, you are asked to take all the information that you have produced in the earlier modules and put them together in a proposal to be submitted to the Vancouver Foundation (PSI, CIHR, etc… - whichever you choose), from the LOI to the complete package. You are excused from completing the last detailed administrativesections unless you are serious about submitting. Then it would be to your advantage to completethe submission and have it reviewed internally before sending it off.Discussion: During the module, there will be good and bad examples of grant proposals, altered to protect the guilty. You are asked to look at these and decide which is which. Evaluation: Your final submission package will be reviewed by the mentors and constructive comments provided. 3 Interactive Session – Steps in completing a grant submission3.1 Step 1 – Decide on the Funding Agency Not all agencies will be interested in your topic. If you want to find out which ones are, go to the B.C. Research Institute site on the WEB http://www.bcricwh.bc.ca/research_support/funding_opportunities/granting_agencies.htm or http://www.bcricwh.bc.ca/research_support/funding_opportunities/overview_contacts.htm if you need help. On that site, click on Research Support and then funding opportunites. Some agency web sites are easier to understand than others. CIHR is complicated. Anyway, if this is your first attempt at asking for money, you don’t want to go to CIHR. Try Vancouver Foundation first. Go to: http://www.vancouverfoundation.bc.ca/GrantInformation/BC%20Medical/AboutBCMedical.shtml. Then click on “Health Research” in the banner. There you will find what is eligible and ineligible. Download the Funding Guidelines for details of what is needed in the LOI and then click on the icon and see what the application looks like. Now try the BC Lung Association: http://www.bc.lung.ca/ and then click on research grant Applications. Here you will get the basic information needed and then details of the full proposal.3.2 Step 2 – Complete the LOIAs you read the Vancouver Foundation information, you will see that the LOI has to be submitted 6-8 weeks prior to the grant deadline. If you are looking to submit, then make sure that you have at least 2 months leeway prior to the deadlines in January, April and September. Now go to the “Submit Letter of Inquiry “and click. You will find a top form that needs to be completed to be added to your letter.For the letter, you should put the names of the investigators at the top, with addresses. Then one format follows: Use the headings as a guide to what will be needed. Remember that this is a


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