13. Research Proposal Development

13.1 Tools and Resources for Grant Writing and Proposal Development

13.1.1 Literature Search Sources

13.1.2 Research Protocol Development

Protocol Development Guidelines and Templates can be found at:

13.1.3 Patient Engagement

Requests for consults on how to authentically engage patients or involve people with lived experience as part of the research team can be submitted to the Knowledge Translation (KT) Platform. Patient engagement should be considered as early in the research process as possible. There are multiple ways that patients can be involved throughout a project, including in the dissemination of results. The KT Platform can provide guidance on various engagement methods, budget considerations, and evaluation approaches.

13.1.4 Case Report Forms

Case report forms are developed to collect information from each participant as defined in the protocol. These forms may be electronic or paper. Development of the forms should begin early in the planning phase of the trial and should collect only information required by the protocol. Case report form design information can be found at Case Report Form (CRF) Design Tips - Slideshare. Case Report form templates can be found in the MB Clinical Research Portal's Research Tools

13.1.5 Informed Consent Guidelines, Templates and Example

13.1.6 Online Sample Size and Statistical Power Calculation Tools

  • Episheet Spreadsheets for analysis of epidemiologic data, developed by Kenneth Rothman. Sample size and power calculation for case-control and cohort studies.

  • OpenEpi Open source software for epidemiological data analysis. Sample size and power calculation for case-control, cohort, cross-sectional studies and clinical trials.

  • The Data Science Platform at CHI can assist researchers with the design, data collection, analysis and interpretation of their research.

13.1.7 Knowledge Translation

Knowledge translation (KT) includes the synthesis, exchange, application and dissemination of knowledge to improve health, the healthcare system and health service delivery. CHI’s KT platform provides guidance and support related to both the practice and science of KT, including end-of-grant knowledge translation, integrated knowledge translation, and implementation science. A variety of KT training opportunities are also available. Learn more about Knowledge Translation Services and submit a request

KT Guidance and Resources

Guide to Knowledge Translation Planning at CIHR: Integrated and End-of-Grant Approaches are defined by CIHR as:

  • Integrated knowledge translation (iKT) requires that knowledge users be members of the research team and participate in many stages of the research process. Research using an iKT approach still requires an end-of-grant KT plan.

  • End-of-grant KT requires applicants to submit a plan for how they will translate their findings when the research is completed

SickKids Knowledge Translation Planning Template

Knowledge Translation in Health Care: Moving from Evidence to Practice

13.1.8 Budgeting Tools

13.1.9 Institutional Requirements for Grant Submissions

13.1.10 Institutional Support