Write Winning Grant Proposals

Des Moines, IA US
June 20, 2014

The DMU Office of Research is pleased to offer a second grant writing workshop. Write Winning Grant Proposals is designed to help both basic scientists and clinical investigators convey their ideas convincingly so proposals will be favorably reviewed and funded. This workshop addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process.  It is designed for both experienced and novice faculty member who have had some exposure to writing grant applications, as well as those just starting their research and grant writing career.

The workshop has been designed to meet the needs of DMU, i.e., to emphasize the granting agencies that are of greatest interest to its members, including federal, private, and/or industrial sources.  Emphasis has been given to such things as idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant’s case to reviewers. 

Participants will be taught to organize their presentations into a linear progression of logic, which leads reviewers through their applications. It is stressed that applicants are writing for two different audiences – the assigned reviewers, who have read the application in its entirety, and those who have read little, if anything, before the review meeting.  Strategies designed to develop advocacy and a fundable priority score from both audiences will be presented.


8 amRegistration and Breakfast
8:30 amGeneral Grant Writing Concepts
  • Introduction to the program
  • The concept of a grant/funding agency missions
  • Funding trends and success rates
  • Development of ideas for possible grant applications
  • Evaluation of ideas: program officers and programmatic relevance
  • Commitment to the process
  • The importance of good “grantspersonship”
  • Identifying possible funding agencies
  • Similarities among funding agencies
10:15 amBreak
10:30 amThe Reviewers and the Review Process
  • Peer review and the peer review process
  • Common assumptions about peer review
  • Mechanisms of review
  • Identifying your reviewers (if possible)
  • Including and excluding reviewers
  • Who exactly are your reviewers
  • Intrinsic review criteria (unwritten rules)
  • Making applications maximally “reviewer friendly”
  • Funding agency review criteria (funding agency specific)
12:15 pmLunch
12:45 pmDevelopment of a Competitive Application
  • The critical importance of first impressions
  • Development of a one-page overview/executive summary of your application
  • Things that need to be in place before writing the rest of the application
2:40 pmBreak
2:55 pmSignificance, Rationale, Broader Impacts, Innovation
  • Background and work done by others
  • Past productivity related to the proposed work, pilot data, and preliminary findings
  • Plan of work, activities proposed, and research plan
  • Application, graphical sketches, and letters of collaboration
  • Environment resources
  • Concepts behind budget preparation
  • How to create a compelling title
  • Abstracts
  • Critical review from colleagues
4:45 pmWrap-Up and General Discussion
5 pm Adjourn


John D. Robertson, PhD

Associate Member, Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, LLC

Dr. Robertson has been the recipient of competitive extramural funding from both the NIH and non-federal sources. Author of 27 peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters. Has been a member of grant review panels, a reviewer for a number of biomedical journals, and served on editorial boards. Has also served as a mentor for grant applicants at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he has also been routinely recognized for excellence in teaching.

Dr. Robertson indicated he has no financial relationships to disclose relevant to the content of this CME activity.

    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 8.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 8.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 8.00 CPME
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    06/20/2014 - 8:30am CDT
    Event ends: 
    06/20/2014 - 5:00pm CDT
    Des Moines University
    Olsen Center
    3200 Grand Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    United States

    Continuing Education Credit

    • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council of Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 continuing education contact hour(s).
    • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and approves this live activity for 8.0 AOA Category 2-A CME credit(s).
    • Other Professionals: This live activity is designated for 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

    Available Credit

    • 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 8.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 8.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 8.00 CPME


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