Grant Writing Workshop

This seminar teaches new investigators how to write a grant application, a skill that is seldom taught to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The program content is appropriate for senior graduate students, postdoctoral research fellows, and non-tenure track faculty members who aspire to tenure track and have never written a successful grant application. The seminar is a modification of the advanced seminar, Write Winning Grants. The difference is that the pace is slower. For example, more time is allowed for questions and discussion, and more basic material is included (e.g., how priority scores are calculated, what facilities and administrative (indirect) costs are, how to analyze a critique in anticipation of resubmission, etc.). As would be expected, greater emphasis is given to how one starts to build an academic career. This seminar is offered every other year.

Results from our most recent seminar:

1 = poorest agreement; 5 = greatest agreement

 

Questions

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Rank

2

Rank

3

Rank

4

Rank

5

1. The material presented was appropriate for the time allocated.

0

0

0

6

32

2. The presenter was knowledgeable on the topic of proposal writing.

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0

0

3

35

3. The presenter was responsive to questions.

 

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0

0

3

35

4. The visual aids/slides were informative, legible, and helpful to the presentation.

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0

0

8

30

5. The handout was a useful supplement to the information that was presented orally.

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1

1

36

6. This program would be useful to have regularly as part of our faculty/student development program.

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0

0

0

38

1 = poorest agreement; 5 = greatest agreement

The material presented was appropriate for the time allocated:

4.8±0.4

The presenter was knowledgeable on the topic of proposal writing:

4.9±0.3

The presenter was responsive to questions:

4.9±0.3

The visual aids/slides were informative, legible, and helpful to the presentation:

4.8±0.4

The handout was a useful supplement to the information that was presented orally:

4.9±0.4

This program would be useful as a regular part of our faculty/student development program:

5.0±0.0

 Comments:

  • Excellent seminar. [The presenter] is a fast-talker.  That was OK for me.  I lived on the east coast for eight years and I’m a native speaker, but I think more short breaks in the presentation and time to write when questions are asked would be really helpful.
  • This was a very informative seminar.  Surpassed my expectations.   Thanks for all the time and efforts.  [The speaker’s] presentation style and interactive behavior kept me engaged and interested.
  • Separate the whole day session into two half days will be helpful.
  • Please incorporate some information on grant sources for international postdocs on J-1 Visa to advance their career.  Because most of the NIH sources are for US citizens.  Excellent talk – Thank you.
  • Regarding question number six: Yearly or every other year.
  • Very informative and interesting.  Wish I had some of this knowledge prior to writing grant proposals.  Regarding question number five: I really liked taking notes on the outline slides.  Also the workbook will be handy for reference.
  • Excellent!
  • Extremely insightful and makes writing fundable grants almost possible.  Some information seemed to be older (prior to the change on NUH guidelines in 2009).  P.S. There is a typo on first slide page forty-four “Golas”.
  • Don’t really care how much it costs but need to have at least bagels and cream cheese if doing any seminar at 8:00am.   Cookies and coffee are hard to eat as breakfast.  This program was very useful.  It should be taught to all undergrads with even a slight interest in research and to all graduates.  This skill was not even taught to postdocs at any of my other institutes where I previously worked. It helped me understand the process very well and what is expected of postdocs in advancing in research and timelines involved in ways to be more effective in research, goals and achieving the funding to complete these goals.
  • Very good speaker, very knowledgeable and approachable.
  • Great seminar, very helpful.
  • Excellent presentation of grant writing do’s and don’ts.  It is helpful/ stress-relieving to have all of the disparate bits of advice I’ve received on writing in one place.  This seminar has certainly made me more enthusiastic about tackling my first set of grants.  [The presenter] is an engaging speaker who clearly enjoys her job.  I did expect to be bored at some point however, that was not the case.  Mentioned a few things about formatting that did not appear in slides, it would be nice to see a good/bad example.
  • Wow, I am now able to discern what is an R01 vs. other R awards, K awards, etc.  Hit home how important it is to employ nuanced language in proposal writing, almost a code, of sorts.  And to know the components of an R01 grant proposal, and others, with concrete examples of words to avoid and wording to use.  I know I am rambling but I have a background in journalism, so headlines, concise writing etc. makes sense to me to be applied to grant proposal writing.  [The presenter] is clearly an expert in/ successful proposal writing and I am eager to review the materials to crystallize the information she has so generously imparted into knowledge and applicability to my career with UNMC.
  • Why limit enrollment and have empty room?  Seems a waste of resources.  You could have charged for the book if that was an issue.  Very goo presentation.   Excellent handout/book.

 

 

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