Module 2 Grant

Learning outcomes

  1. Practice the experimental principles.
  2. Develop a graduate-level experiment for a grant application.
  3. Appreciate the nuances and challenges of designing an experiment.
  4. Innovate on a topic and advance your knowledge for a subject of interest.


This is your chance to practice. Practice makes practice. It is also an opportunity to develop and explore a topic you care deeply about. It provides you with a short grant application appropriate for an funding in Canada for graduate school.


  • For this module, you write a grant. Pick a topic or challenge.
  • Review optional decks and lecture materials provided in schedule.
  • Discuss ideas with colleagues and peers, discuss with instructor as needed, sketch, think, and be scientifically creative.
  • Review grant instructions provided here and work towards a successful and timely submission.

Bonus resources

Consider using these in addition to the slide decks and links provided in the schedule.



  1. Review the guidelines for graduate funding in Canada. Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program and the instructions here if you choose to apply by Dec.

  2. Review the rubric provided below.

  3. Then, select a topic you are interested in, read up on it, do the research on what experiments have been done, innovate, and flex your jedi-design skills.

  4. Write the proposal and submit as a PDF to


page concept description value
1 Title & summary Title, your name, contact details, plain language summary < 300 words 5
2 Research Proposal Single page, a. background, hypothesis, b. outline of design, methods, c. significance (a = 3, b = 4, c = 3 for this section) see NSERC research criterion 10
3 Lit cited At least 5 studies published within last 5 years, however other studies you cite can be from any year provided they are relevant and peer-reviewed publications 5