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Small Propel Grants Review Process and Criteria

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Applications are reviewed by Research Development Office Staff against the Propel Grants purpose, priorities, and eligibility criteria. We therefore strongly advise the application to be written in language that a broad audience can easily understand.

Reviewers should be confident that your proposal to an external funding agency will be better positioned upon completion of the proposed Propel Grant activities.

The application will be reviewed for the following criteria:

  • Significance: Is the research idea “beyond the usual”?
  • Proposed activities: Are the proposed activities likely to enhance the competitiveness of a proposal to an external funding agency and increase the likelihood of success?
  • Potential for external funding: Is the plan to pursue external funding appropriate? Does the team have a strong chance of submitting a well-aligned proposal to an external funding agency?
  • Team Composition and Collaboration: Does the application demonstrate a confirmed collaboration and a cohesive team with sufficient expertise to carry out the research?