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Grant Writing & Review Workshop

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Baycrest

3560 Bathurst Street

Loftus Hall, main floor Apotex Building

Toronto, ON M6A 2E1

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Workshop Overview:

Attainment of research funding is a central component to a successful research career, both in and outside of academia. Demonstrating a proven ability and strong track record in this area becomes increasingly important, and eventually mandatory, to career progression following graduate training. However, this is typically not an area that is well-covered by graduate programs. This workshop will give young scientists at the graduate and post-doctoral levels invaluable insights into the opportunities for and the process of obtaining research funding. The format will be a panel discussion with three selected speakers, representing different stages of a successful research career.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Learn about the kinds of grants available to young scientists
  • Understand what kind of grant award track record and success rate young scientists should realistically aspire to
  • Learn what qualities contribute to a good (and bad) grant application
  • Understand the proportional time commitments of grant application and management at different stages of a research career

Workshop Instructors:

Dr. Ellen Bialystok is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and Walter Gordon Research Chair of Lifespan Cognitive Development at York University, and Associate Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. She has been continually funded by external research grants since 1977, including grants from all three Canadian agencies and the US National Institutes of Health. She reviews extensively for granting agencies both in Canada and internationally, and has served on grant adjudication committees for NSERC, NIH, and others.


Dr. Jean Chen has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from McGill University (2009) and has been a Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute since 2011. She has been awarded over $1.7 million in grants (as Principal Investigator) from NSERC and the CIHR. She has also served as reviewer of 7 grant/award programs, including the CIHR Operating Grant, the CIHR Foundation Grant, the NSERC Discovery Grant, the Alzheimer's Association (US) and the Medical Research Council (UK).

Dr. Blake Richards is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Biological Sciences (Scarborough) with a cross-appointment to the Department of Cell and Systems Biology. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in the Learning in Machines and Brains Program, and a Lab Scientist with the Creative Destruction Lab. Dr. Richards was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Frankland at SickKids Hospital, where he studied memory consolidation and neural plasticity. Previously, he was a Welcome Trust 4-year PhD student at the University of Oxford in the Department of Pharmacology. He currently holds grants from NSERC, CFI, Human Frontier Science Program, and Google.

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Baycrest

3560 Bathurst Street

Loftus Hall, main floor Apotex Building

Toronto, ON M6A 2E1

Canada

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