Write Winning Grant Proposals

  • Date and time: Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time
  • Registration deadline: Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
  • Registration fee: $275 ($300 after Oct. 26, 2017)
  • To register: Register online now
Campus Time Location
Rochester, Minnesota 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Siebens Building, Leighton Auditorium (live)
Jacksonville, Florida 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Vincent A. Stabile North Building 01-150N (broadcasted)
Scottsdale, Arizona 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Collaborative Research Building 01-101 (broadcasted)

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) Education Resources is offering a one-day seminar titled "Write Winning Grant Proposals," which will be held at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, and be available via videoconference at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Florida.

The presenter will be John D. Robertson, Ph.D., associate member of the Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops, LLC.

Dr. Robertson received his doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin in pharmacology and toxicology in 1999. From 1999 to 2003, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

He was subsequently hired in 2004 by the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, where he was a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics for seven years and an associate member of the University of Kansas Cancer Center for six years. In 2010, he was recruited to teach grantsmanship by Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops.

Dr. Robertson has been the recipient of competitive extramural funding from both the National Institutes of Health and nonfederal sources. He has authored 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters. He has been a member of grant review panels, a reviewer for a number of biomedical journals and served on editorial boards. In addition, he has been routinely recognized for excellence in teaching.

This widely acclaimed seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. It is designed for faculty members and administrative staff who have had some exposure to writing grant applications.

The seminar has been designed specifically to emphasize issues that are directly relevant to applications submitted to the NIH, which is the funding agency of most interest to the attendees. Emphasis is given to such topics as idea development, determination of the funding priorities of the funding agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers.

Participants are taught to think about and then write the proposal using a linear progression of logic that leads reviewers through their applications. It is stressed that applicants are writing for two different audiences — the assigned reviewers, who read the application in its entirety, and non-assigned reviewers, who may read little or none of the proposal before the meeting of the study section. Strategies designed to help the applicant to merit a fundable priority score are provided.

Participants receive a printed copy of the presentation notes and a copy of "The Grant Application Writer's Workbook," allowing you to apply the information gained through an interactive, computer-based approach.