1. Cover Letter:
a. Confirm understanding of the conditions of the submission
b. Indicate which grant competition/s are being applied for
c. Signed by the applicant.
2. Abstract: up to 250 words
3. Proposal Formatting:
a. Up to 8 pages, single-spaced (not including references)
b. 12-point Times New Roman font
c. Margins minimum of 2cm
d. Pages should be numbered
e. In-text citations and references formatted in a consistent manner
4. Proposal Components:
c. Literature Review
d. Purpose/Objectives/Research Questions
i. Research design
ii. Setting and sample
iii. Description of the simulation intervention
iv. Data collection and procedures
v. Data analysis plan
vi. Ethical considerations
vii. Project Timeline
f. Significance/Implications for Nursing Education, Research and/or Practice
g. Knowledge Translation/Dissemination Plan
5. Budget Formatting: Up to 2 pages, including figures and justification
6. Budget Components:
a. Personnel: research assistants, student/trainees, clinical support; provide estimated total hours and salary rate (including benefits); applicant’s salary reimbursement is not an eligible expense
b. Supplies: printing, postage, paper, envelopes, clinical supplies etc.
c. Equipment: video and audio recording equipment and accessories, simulation task trainers, moulage etc. (computers are excluded from funding)
d. Software: data analysis, video editing etc.
e. Services: transcription, translation, consultations, AV support
f. Other: honoraria/reimbursement for study participants, fees for study instrument use/standardized testing, lab space rental etc.
g. Knowledge Translation/Dissemination: conference registration/travel, open-access publication fees
7. Required Appendices:
a. Applicant’s CV: up to 5 pages, including educational background, institutional affiliation and position, previous research funding, publications, presentations
b. Graduate students: letter of support from thesis supervisor
8. Optional Appendices
a. Letters of support: organizational support or collaboration
b. Instruments: questionnaires, interview guides
c. Figures: diagrams, conceptual models
d. Research Ethics Board Approval letter: if available
9. Submission Process
a. Compile all components of the proposal into a single pdf file (by scanning or conversion of text documents to pdf)
b. Label your pdf file as follows: LAST NAME_First Name_CAN-Sim Grants_YEAR
c. Review your complete application carefully prior to submission to ensure that all elements are included and correctly formatted.
d. Submit the completed application package electronically by email to: email@example.com
e. Receipt of the application will be confirmed by email to the PI. If no response has been received from CAN-Sim within two weeks after the application deadline, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Review Process
a. Applications that are incomplete or not prepared according to detailed instructions will not be reviewed
b. The grant application consists of an abstract, proposal, budget with justification and appendices (CV, letter of support etc.)
c. Proposals will be evaluated by two independent reviewers on a scale from 0 to 5 for:
(1) scientific merit, (2) feasibility, (3) innovation, and (4) impact.
Score Range Descriptor
3.5-3.9 Very good
1.0-1.9 Below average
0.0-0.9 Not acceptable or irrelevant
d. The budget is reviewed to ensure expenses are justified.
e. Funding is awarded to the proposals ranked the highest based on the number of grants being offered.
f. Up to two grants per category will be issued per year at the recommendation of the Research Grant Committee and the discretion of the Board of Directors
11. Notification Process
a. Applicants will be notified in September about the success of their application.
b. A list of all grant recipients and their topics will be posted on the CAN-Sim website.
12. Progress and Final Reports
a. A progress report is due 12 months into the funding period
b. A final report of expenditures and a final scientific report must be submitted to CAN-Sim within 60 days following the end of the project funding period at 18 months
c. Recipients may request a one-year extension to the project funding period
d. If an extension is requested, a progress report with justification for the extension must be submitted at the time of the request for extension
13. Dissemination of Findings
a. CAN-Sim is committed to the wide dissemination of research findings to support nursing education and practice changes.
b. Grant recipients will share a brief summary/abstract of their final results that will be shared on the CAN-Sim website
c. Grant recipients are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract to a nursing education or simulation conference:
i. Regional: WCCHSE
ii. National: CASN, SIM-EXPO
iii. International: INACSL, NERC, IMSH, SIGMA
d. Grant recipients are strongly encouraged to publish their final results in a peer-reviewed nursing education or simulation journal.
14. Acknowledgement of CAN-Sim Funding
a. Grant recipients are required to acknowledge CAN-Sim funding in all presentations and publications of research findings.