Proposal Writing 101: How to Get Support for Your Cool Research Idea

Sunday, October 28, 2018
Osgoode Ballroom East

Led by Christopher YipUniversity of Toronto

Finding the resources to support your projects and ideas can be a huge challenge. Writing a solid, robust, exciting and most of all responsive proposal is the key to success. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies, approaches, and some key stumbling blocks, both from the position of the applicant and the reviewer. Many of these strategies apply across the spectrum of funding opportunities - from scholarships and fellowships, to support form government sources and foundations to big initiatives with donors and companies. 

The target audience for this workshop is graduate students. However, all conference attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Christopher YipBio: Appointed the University of Toronto’s Associate Vice President, International Partnerships in 2017, Christopher Yip received his B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry from the University of Toronto in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry in 1997 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002 and to Full Professor in 2007. He is a faculty member with the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, the Department of Biochemistry, the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, and is a Principal Investigator with the Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research at the University of Toronto.  His NSERC and CIHR-funded research is in the field of single molecule biophysics and specifically the design, development and optimization of combinatorial microscopies for the study of molecular and cellular dynamics and assembly. He served as the Director of the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering from 2013-2017. He has served on the Materials and Chemical Engineering Evaluation Group at NSERC as a member, Section Chair, and Group Chair. He currently serves on the Biomedical Engineering panel for CIHR’s Project Grant Competition, and was a standing member of the Biophysics of Neural Systems Study Section at NIH. He is on the Editorial Board of the Biophysical Journal, AIP Bioengineering, and BBA-Biomembranes. His involvement with the CIHR Institute of Genetics included serving on the Planning and Priorities Committee on Integrating the Physical and Applied Science into Health Research, and as a member of the Institute Advisory Board. He has been honoured with a Premier’s Research Excellence Award (1999), Faculty Teaching Award, (2000) and Graduate Faculty Teaching Award for Sustained Contribution to Excellence in Graduate Teaching (2008). He was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (2014) and held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Molecular Imaging (2000-2010).