Getting Started as a Successful Grant Writer and Academician

Getting Started as a Successful Grant Writer and Academician

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Sackler Institute NYU School of Medicine - Smilow Auditorium

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Presented by Science Alliance


This seminar teaches new investigators how to write a grant application, a subject that is missing from the educational backgrounds of most junior faculty members. The program content is appropriate for senior graduate students, post-doctoral 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., organizational structures of the major federal funding agencies, how priority scores are calculated, what facilities and administrative 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. Another difference is that the last hour is devoted to questions and answers. For example: What should a trainee be thinking about with respect to proposal writing while still in training? When and how should a mentor be approached by a senior graduate student / postdoctoral research fellow who wants to take a project with him / her? How does a student gradually become independent of a mentor? Why do many assistant professors fail to merit promotion and tenure?

Speaker:  Stephen Russell, PhD, DVM, Grants Writers' Seminars and Workshops LLC


Preliminary Program


8:30 - - Welcome and Introductions

8:40 - - How to develop a fundable idea for a grant application

9:45 - - Sources of grant support and funding mechanisms for your idea

10:15 - - Coffee break

10:30 - -The fundamentals of good proposal writing

11:15 - - The review process; how to write for reviewers

12:00 - - Lunch

1:00 - - Overview section

2:30 - - Afternoon break

2:45 - - The narrative/plan of work section

3:45 - - Background and significance

4:00 - - Biographical sketch, resources and preliminary data

4:20 - - Title, abstract and pre-submission review

4:30 - - General discussion; questions and answers