Grant Generating Project (GGP)

Project Description and Fellows’ Responsibilities

An information session will be held on August 8 (time TBD) to introduce the Fellows, Course Faculty and Mentors to the program. This year, Mentors are expected to take an active role in the program to provide Fellows with timely feedback on key milestones. 

Learning Objectives
By the end of this course, GGP Fellows should be able to develop and describe an integrated research project or program relevant to primary care research. This will include being able to effectively communicate a research agenda in various formats from written to oral for a range of audiences with varying levels of research experience. The learning objectives for this course are:

  • To increase the competency of scientific communications.
  • To understand the techniques and methods used for developing a scientific protocol in health research.


All information that should be provided before the NAPCRG meeting will be done using online delivery with the course offerings available through a learning platform that will contain:

  • Video tutorial for how to use all the different tools in the online platform and creation of online icebreaker activity
  • Video tutorial for GGP Faculty (GGP alumnae and NAPCRG Board Members) as well as Course Instructors, the US Course Advisor and trainee-selected mentors on how to use the online platform including creating discussion groups etc 
  • Recommended reading materials that will include different funder guidelines and some explicit material on how the different funding agencies work (i.e. US vs Canadian context/terminology)
  • Timeline with online assignments
  • Discussion groups for each online module (see Table)
  • “Ask the Expert” sessions scheduled once a week for synchronous interaction with Course Faculty 
  • Eight substantive modules that incorporate the material necessary for the trainees to have a draft protocol (minus CV, budget and timeline) and concept paper ready for the NAPCRG meeting. Details provided in the table below


Release Date 

Module Title

Module Details

Milestones & Suggested Due Dates 

Aug 15

Effective Writing Strategies

How to conceptualize a research problem, overcoming writers block, critical thinking, organization, avoiding jargon

Sep 1
1 page conceptualization of research

Sep 1

Knowledge Translation/Dissemination

Understanding the knowledge dissemination including how to develop and write a knowledge translation plan and identify knowledge users

Sep 15
Identification of knowledge users, decision about research partners, draft of KT plan

Sep 15

Development of Research Question

Defense/explanation of research paradigms, building the research question and understanding the difference between question, objectives, link with hypothesis

Oct 1
Research objectives and preliminary research questions

Oct 1

Conducting Literature Reviews

Concept vs problems, identifying gaps, keys to literature reviews, building a search strategy

Oct 15
Literature review for protocol, finalized research objectives and questions

Oct 15

Writing the Methods Section


Identifying methods that answers research question, use of theoretical models and framework, different sections, justifications

Nov 1
First draft completed of methods section of protocol

Nov 5 at the latest
Draft protocol with background, objectives, research question(s) and methods


SESSION II: In-person (NOVEMBER 8, 2018– 9:00 am- 5:00 pm– NAPCRG in Chicago, IL, US):

This will be done in-person at NAPCRG and assumes a full day session that will occur as pre-conference course. The in-person meeting will involve the course director, advisor, faculty and instructors. The proposed format is to have three activities plus feedback session as follows:

  • Peer-Reflective Consultations
  • Peer-Review Activity
  • Dragon’s Den
  • Feedback and Evaluation: The day will wrap up with an open Q & A session for the Fellows to the Faculty, Instructors and Course Director and to provide feedback on the course to-date. The Fellows will be expected to incorporate the feedback in their protocol and to finalize their concept paper which will be uploaded to the learning platform by December 1 at the latest.  Feedback will be provided by Jan 1, 2019.


Release Date

Module Title

Module Details

Milestones & Suggested Due Dates

Jan 1


Other Grant Sections

Understanding spin, understanding what your study will and will not contribute, having a plan B for negative results, etc.

Jan 15
Limitations and implications sections

Jan 15

Building a Timeline


How to develop a timeline and calculate resources, calculating time needed

Feb 1
Timeline attached to protocol objectives and method with reviewers comments from reviewers incorporated

Feb 1

How to create a Budget

Building a budget for Canada and the US granting opportunities

Feb 15
Budget attached to protocol objectives and methods

Feb 15 Creating a CV Biosketch and CV's Mar 1
Mar 1 Adapting to Granting Agency Requirements Modifying the revised protocol to a specific granting agency application

Mar 30 at the latest
Complete grant application with CV


SESSION IV (April 27, 2019 – 9:00 am - 5:00 pm – Toronto, Canada.):

This will be an in-person meeting at the STFM Annual Spring Conference that will again utilize the course instructors and GGP Alumnae to provide expertise for these activities. The activities will be as follows:

  • Peer review panel
  • Small Group Expert Feedback
  • Large Group Discussion and Expert Testimonials
  • Course Assessment

The final protocol will be submitted online by June 30 at the latest

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