Getting Started – New Facilitators


If you’re a new facilitator, you’re probably wondering where to begin.  What should you read to get up to speed and who should you talk to?  Below are a few suggestions to help you get oriented.

  • Talk to the investigator(s) with whom you work – find out which agencies and competitions they normally apply to; read about the different funding opportunities offered at these agencies; and read funded grants, preferably written by your investigator(s), from these agencies.
  • Subscribe to listservs or RSS feeds offered by funding agencies (e.g., CIHR, NSERC). See About RSS for information on how to use RSS feeds.
  • Get to know your institution and the people who work there! Although much of a grant facilitator’s work is computer-based, it’s your network and people skills that will make you truly effective in your role. Start small with faculty and staff in your centre, unit, institute or department, then branch out to the faculty, site and institution levels. Over the long term, aim to build ties across institutions.
  • Introduce yourself to other grant facilitators. A great new way to do this is to visit the Facilitator Directory to find colleagues with the skills and /or expertise you’re looking for. You can search the directory specifically for facilitators who are interested in serving as mentors. See Become a Mentor or Mentee in the help section of this website for more information on mentorship.
  • Visit your institution’s Research Services office. For UBC Office of Research Services (ORS) addresses, please visit

Good luck!

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