Jocalyn Clark

A main impetus for developing the online proposal development resource at Grand Challenges Canada was to serve a much larger, broader audience than our occasional in-person workshops can reach. We feel that researchers around the world, whatever their area of study, can benefit from freely available and expert-generated tips, advice, tools, and resources to help plan and write stronger, more successful grant proposals in global health. We regularly update the content on our online proposal development resource to help build capacity in proposal development, especially among low- and middle-income researchers.


All of this content is freely available and we encourage users to view, download, and share the resources (no permission is required).


Please also be in touch with us if you have resources to share or would like to contribute.


One of the best ways our online resources can be helpful is when they are used and adapted by colleagues to conduct their own workshops in the field.


Recently, Mohamed Omar Abdelgawad and his colleagues conducted a proposal development workshop at Assiut University in Assiut, Egypt. The workshop, held 8-10 April 2013, was said to be very successful and attracted 85 participants from all faculties in the university. All workshop materials are available on the University’s Knowledge Transfer Office website – the first four pdf files contain the locally adapted material.


Currently, Elizabeth Stratton (a summer student at Grand Challenges Canada) and Ruth Campbell-Page (from the University of Toronto) are adapting our resources to generate a curriculum and agenda for two proposal development workshops in Madagascar. More details about the workshops will be available soon.


We also plan to create a toolkit for others interested in taking our online proposal development resources to hold your own workshop. Watch this space!