Write Winning Grant Proposals and NIH Career Development Awards

  • Write Winning Grant Proposals
  • Date and time: Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time
  • Registration deadline: Monday, Oct. 12, 2020
  • Registration fee: $500 ($600 after Oct. 12, 2020)

Register online. For registration or login issues, please contact CCaTS Education Programs at ccatseducprog@mayo.edu.

  • NIH Career Development Awards
  • Date and time: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Central time
  • Registration deadline: Monday, Oct. 12, 2020
  • Registration fee: $250 ($300 after Oct. 12, 2020)

Register online. For registration or login issues, please contact CCaTS Education Programs at ccatseducprog@mayo.edu.

Campus Date and time
Rochester, Minnesota
  • Write Winning Grant Proposals: Oct. 26, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time
  • NIH Career Development Awards: Oct. 27, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to noon Central time
Jacksonville, Florida
  • Write Winning Grant Proposals: Oct. 26, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time
  • NIH Career Development Awards: Oct. 27, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern time
Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Write Winning Grant Proposals: Oct. 26, 2020, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mountain time
  • NIH Career Development Awards: Oct. 27, 2020, 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.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. CCaTS also offers NIH Career Development Awards, a half-day workshop emphasizing the partnership of candidate, mentor and institution that is necessary to make career development award proposals successful.

These workshops will be held virtually in 2020.

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.

Agenda

Download an example of the workshop agenda (PDF).

Instructor

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

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.

NIH Career Development Awards

NIH Career Development Awards is for career development award candidates and their mentors. In this workshop, attendees learn about:

  • Tips and strategies for getting reference letters
  • Selecting and getting the most from a mentor
  • How review criteria can be used to inform the writing of a career development award proposal
  • The kinds of research and training that should be proposed

All participants are required to attend the Write Winning Grant Proposals Workshop before attending NIH Career Development Awards.

Method

Write Winning Grant Proposals and NIH Career Development Awards teach participants to think about and then write a 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 workshops provide strategies to help applicants merit fundable priority scores.