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Research and Innovation


OVPRI is the point of contact for the federal granting councils, including the Tri-Council, which consists of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). OVPRI also serves as liaison with government ministries, industry, associations and foundations that provide financial support for the university’s SRC activities.

Ryerson's SRC activities are governed by the SRC Activity Advisory Committee.



When preparing your grant application, adhere to specific instructions and writing guidelines outlined by the funding agency, and ensure you complete all necessary forms and requirements.

Below are a few key steps to ensure the timely submission of your application:


1. Connect with the appropriate OVPRI Staff Member

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation is an invaluable resource during all stages of the grant process. Ensure you connect with the right Grants/Contracts Officer or Applied Research and Innovation Advisor.

2. Determine and set deadlines for both the application AND the OVPRI's internal deadline

Some agencies have a postmarked deadline, while others have a due date by which the application must be received by the agency. The OVPRI deadline for internal review and to obtain any required signatures is one week prior to the agency deadline.


3. Familiarize yourself with the application form and selection criteria

Carefully read the provided guidelines and program descriptions. These guidelines are normally updated every year, and are generally available on the website of the granting agency.


4. Use language the grant agency uses and understand their research priorities

Identify the knowledge gap or problem that needs to be solved. Also identify the knowledge users. Explain how your research program or project is expected to (1) solve a problem or fill a knowledge gap; (2) benefit knowledge users. Make sure to define outcomes and deliverables, and set your expectations and limitations. Highlight your achievements and contributions that are relevant to the proposed research. Keep in mind that Knowledge Mobilization, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property activities may also be important aspects of your grant development.


5. Prepare your Grant Authorization Form (GAF) and upload relevant documents

The GAF is in RIS - our database with all the information on grants and applications. RIS is mandatory for all grant applications. Login to RIS.


6. Have your application reviewed by the OVPRI

We are willing to review the application prior to its final submission and advise you on any perceived gaps that may exist. The OVPRI deadline for internal review and to obtain any required signatures is at least one week prior to the agency deadline.

7. Submit your application (regular mail, e-submission, email)

Before you submit your proposal, check to make sure you have completed all necessary forms, obtained the necessary signatures and have followed the instructions for completion. Due to the high degree of competition for funding, the granting councils and other sources tend to be exacting with regard to the completeness of the application as well as adherence to guidelines.