NIH Grant Writing Boot Camp

Methods for Framing Your Proposal to Create Reviewer Enthusiasm
9:00 am
5:00 pm
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Morgan Giddings, PhD; Stefanie Robel, PhD
Morgan Giddings, PhD, Marketing Your Science, LLC; Stefanie Robel, PhD, Marketing Your Science, LLC and Virginia Tech.
Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Open to the Public
The NIH Grant Writing Boot Camp is a two-day intensive boot camp that combines lessons, discussions, and hands-on exercises to help you powerfully frame your grant proposal so that it generates enthusiasm in your reviewers and- to get you funded.

There are many grant writing workshops out there, but most just skim the surface of what really matters: the psychology of how your reviewers respond to what you put on the page, and how common mistakes in framing inevitably turn the tide against you. As researchers, few of us are deeply versed in the skills of framing and reviewer psychology; yet these things determine the fate of our funding - and often our careers. This workshop is unique in that it dives into those things that truly matter, without the fluff like "how to follow instructions of the funder carefully." Whether you are new to grant writing, "thought you knew what you were doing" but aren't getting the results you want, or simply want to learn some key elements to of being more persuasive in your proposals to become more efficient at writing, this course will teach you the Critical Path to Funding as a vehicle to get you there.

This two-day intensive workshop will provide a rigorous introduction to the core framing elements that must be present to succeed in NIH grant proposals in our modern, tough environment. This course is led by an experienced team who has been in your shoes- former and current faculty members with exemplary funding track records of their own using these methods, as well as helping others get over $20M funding for R01, R21, DoD, and foundation grants, with at least three perfect-scoring R01's we helped with. The boot camp will integrate seminar lectures with discussion sessions and hands-on activities to clarify core concepts to increase your efficiency and odds of funding. Please note that due to the high demand, individual participant proposals or proposal sections will not be reviewed by instructors - however, there will be a few hot seats to illustrate how the theory meets the practical implementation.

Capacity is limited. Investigators at all career stages are welcome to attend, and we particularly encourage trainees and early-stage investigators to participate to form a strong basis for funding early on, rather than developing bad habits that have to be changed later.

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