Grant Facilitation Officers (GFO) support faculty in applying for research grants. Your GFO will meet with you to:
- help identify funding opportunities
- assist with initiating and developing research collaborations
- provide review, editing and revision of research proposals, including budget justification
- work with you through the review and proposal submission processes
- share research-related resources
To set up a meeting with the Faculty's GFO, Lisa Charlong Norris, you can email Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 864-7623. The GFO office is ED3016 and is a calm, confidential space.
When to schedule a meeting with your GFO
The amount of assistance a GFO can offer is dependent on how soon into your research idea or grant application you schedule a meeting. The following list describes expected levels of services according to deadlines:
The less time you leave for writing, coordinating and reviewing a grant, the more mistakes will be made.
1 year before funder's deadline: Major grant competitions should be planned one year in advance of the funder's deadline. One year lead time allows you to:
- review all funder (i.e. Tri-Council) guidelines and instructions
- begin a literature review
- build your research team
- consult with your GFO on your application plan and on potential seed funding you can apply for
6 months before funder's deadline: This is a good time to begin drafts of your application sections such as:
- the project description
- your budget
- team roles and training
- your knowledge mobilization plan
- your *research data management plan
- ask colleagues and your GFO for feedback on each section.
3 months before funder's deadline:
- Pull together all sections of the proposal.
- Send template for letters of support to all who agreed to provide them.
- Remind co-applicants (and yourself) that CVs need to be updated and, in the case of SSHRC and other Tri-Council grants, entered into the online CV portal. NEVER underestimate how long it takes to enter this information!
- Meet with your GFO to review ANY questions you have about the application as well as the review and submission process.
- The GFO will review your budget again for elligible and illegible expenses.
1 month before the funder's deadline:
- Feedback from colleagues and your GFO get incorporated into your application.
- CVs are updated and entered into any required online system (i.e. CCV)
- Signed support letters are done.
2 weeks before the funder's deadline:
- Your GFO will give the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs, advance notice that your application will be submitted.
- Your GFO can work with you to begin describing your application in the Memorial Researcher Portal (title, team, ethics clearance, intellectual property, in-kind and cash contributions, etc).
10 days before the funder's deadline: All review and institutional signatures on your grant application take place in the MUN researcher portal.
- Once you submit (hit the submit button), your application will be formally reviewed first by the GFO then the Associate Dean.
- If no changes are necessary, your application will be moved to the research office (RGCS) for final review and institutional signature (where applicable).
- RGCS requires at least 3 days to review your file; the faculty requires 7 days.
Night after submission date:
Two nights after submission date:
- Start next grant :)