Write Winning Grants Seminar

Hosted by OCTRI and Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops

October 8, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Meeting details will be shared with approved registrants. Registration/payment includes both days and access to recording for 30 days.

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Write Winning Grants Seminar

Seminar Details and Description

Thursday, Oct 8 and Friday, Oct 9
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

These two half-day sessions are synchronous and should be viewed in entirety. A recording will be available to those registered for 30 days following the seminar.

Seminar cost: $95 covers course fees and materials
The NIH workbook will be mailed directly to you. To ensure you receive it prior to the seminar, registration should be complete by Wed, Sept 23.
To request a different agency workbook (i.e. NSF, USDA/NIFA), email Savannah McNichol. 
View seminar flyer.

This presentation comprehensively addresses the practical, conceptual, and rhetorical aspects of writing competitive grant proposals. It covers:  

  1. Critical steps for organizing and planning your proposal (all of the things you need to do before you start writing a full proposal in order to have a competitive edge) 
  2. Understanding the role (and mindset) of your reviewers 
  3. A 4-paragraph rhetorical strategy for writing a compelling Specific Aims or Overview & Objectives page 
  4. Specific strategies and tips for each major section of a grant proposal 

Emphasis is placed on doing the “extra” things that can make the difference between being funded versus not. Regardless of the target agency, participants are taught to write with a linear progression of logic, which leads reviewers through an application without them knowing that they are being led. We also emphasize the fact that applicants are writing for two different audiences – the assigned reviewers, who read the application in its entirety, and non-assigned reviewers who may have read little, or none, of the proposal before the meeting of the review panel. 

This seminar is appropriate for junior through senior faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and doctoral students who have had some exposure to writing grant applications, either through training / mentoring or personal experience. Experienced faculty may use the seminar as an overall refresher, for new ideas on gaining a competitive edge, and/or for strategies in how to mentor others in proposal writing. Junior faculty and doctoral students may use the seminar as a primer in proposal writing that helps demystify the components of a proposal and the process of writing one strategically.  

About the Speaker

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John Robertson, Ph.D., Managing Member
Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops

Dr. Robertson received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in pharmacology and toxicology in 1999. From 1999-2003, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He was subsequently hired in 2004 by the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS, where he was a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Therapeutics,and an associate member of the University of Kansas Cancer Center. In 2010, he was recruited to teach grantsmanship by Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops as an Associate Member. In 2017, he became the Managing Member of the company.

Dr. Robertson has been the recipient of competitive extramural funding from both the NIH and non-federal 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.

For more information about Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops, please visit our website at www.grantcentral.com.