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Grantsmanship 101: Developing and Writing Effective Grant Applications


Goal: The goal of this workshop is to equip investigators with tools to develop and write more effective grant applications. Although the focus is primarily NIH applications, principles and practices covered will be applicable to writing grant applications for non-NIH funding sources as well.

Faculty: Tonya Palermo, Monica Vavilala, Rong Tian

Suggested resource: Russell and Morris: The grant application writer's workbook (NIH) (

Session 1: NIH Funding Databases; Submission; Review

  • How relevant is your question to the mission of NIH?
  • The Submission Process
    • Writing the Cover Letter
    • How does the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) assign grant applications to Initial Review Groups (IRG)?
  • The Review Process
    • NIH Peer-Review

Session 2: NIH Funding Databases; Submission; Review

  • NIH Funding Mechanisms
    • "R" and "K" mechanisms
    • "K" award application review process
  • non-NIH Funding Sources
    • Foundations as a source funding

Session 3: Specific Aims

  • Crafting Effective Specific Aims

Session 4: Innovation; Research Strategy; Revision

  • Innovation: more than just the latest technology
  • Research Strategy
  • Revising and Resubmitting
    • To Revise and Resubmit: That is the question?
    • How to write the "Introduction to Resubmission Application" section