Errors to avoid when preparing a research application

To assist grant applicants, the Canadian Cancer Society has identified the mistakes made most often in preparing a research application. This list is intended to highlight for applicants common errors to avoid.

  1. Language used in the public/non-scientific summary is too scientific

    The public/non-scientific summaries are very important tools used in fundraising, communication and marketing efforts by the Canadian Cancer Society. The language used should be appropriate for a lay audience and should follow the format described. Write as if you were explaining your research project to a high school class or to a donor at the door.
  2. No abstracts for “Summary of Other Funding Applied For and Received” are included

    The abstracts are needed by the panel members to determine budgetary overlap.
  3. The proposal and scientific abstract sections contain inserted symbols and heading styles not supported in the rich text editor.

    Refer to the document Using the EGrAMS rich text editor for information on the correct way to format the proposal.
  4. Inclusion of inappropriate figures/tables/charts. The content should be appropriately labelled as a figure, table or chart and should only contain supporting information/data, including appropriate legend descriptions.

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to consult the companion document, Tips on preparing a successful Canadian Cancer Society research grant application, for additional useful information.

Last modified on: September 21, 2017