Write Winning Grant Proposals

  • Date and time: Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST
  • Registration deadline: Monday, Oct. 12, 2020
  • Registration fee: $500 ($600 after Oct. 12, 2020)

Register online. For registration or login issues, call Mayo Clinic's Education Technology Center at 507-266-9087 or email etc@mayo.edu.

Campus Time
Rochester, Minnesota 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central time
Jacksonville, Florida 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern time
Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona 7 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mountain time

Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) Education Resources welcomes you to attend Write Winning Grant Proposals, a one-day workshop focusing on the principles and fundamentals of grant proposal writing.

The workshop is held at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, and is available via videoconference at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Florida.

All registered attendees receive presentation notes and a copy of the book "The Grant Application Writer's Workbook," in which they can apply the information gained through the workshop's interactive approach.


Download the workshop agenda (PDF).


John D. Robertson, Ph.D., is the managing member of Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops and a recipient of competitive extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health and nonfederal sources.

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 Institute in Stockholm.

He was 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 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.

Course goals

Write Winning Grant Proposals is a widely acclaimed seminar that comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects 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 emphasizes issues that are directly relevant to applications submitted to the NIH, the funding agency of primary interest to most attendees. The course puts special attention on topics including:

  • Idea development
  • Determination of the funding priorities of the funding agency
  • How to write for reviewers
  • Tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers

The NIH and the National Science Foundation are used as prototype applications, with an emphasis throughout the workshop on principles and fundamentals of competitive proposal writing. The workshop's approach makes it easy to apply what has been learned to the preparation of a grant application to any agency and in any discipline.


Writing Winning Grant Proposals teaches participants to think about and then write the proposal using a linear progression of logic that leads reviewers through the application. Course material emphasizes that applicants are writing for two different audiences — the assigned reviewers, who read the application in its entirety, and nonassigned reviewers, who may read little or none of the proposal before the study section meeting. The workshop provides strategies to help the applicant to merit a fundable priority score.