Write Winning Grant Proposals: A Seminar on the Fundamentals of Good Proposal Writing 

 
 
Peg AtKisson
Presented by:
Peg AtKisson, Ph.D.:  Dr. AtKisson received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2002. She is an associate member of Grant Writer’s Seminars and Workshops, LLC. During her work with Tufts University, Dr. AtKisson made significant contributions to over $140M in funded grants, including proposal writing, grantsmanship support, team building and strategy design for all areas of research and scholarship. 
 
 

 

Phase I Seminar (pre-requisite to Phase II workshop)

October 7, 2014, 8:30am-4:30pm; IMU Main Lounge
Registration:  $150 includes workbook and lunch
 
This seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. It is designed for faculty members and administrative staff who have had some exposure to writing grant applications, either through training / mentoring or personal experience. Each presentation is tailored to meet the needs of the audience, i.e., to emphasize the funding agencies (federal, private, and/or industrial sources) that are of greatest interest to the attendees.
 

workshop at the University of IowaEmphasis is 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. The version of the program that focuses on NIH emphasizes how to cope with the changes in how grant proposals to that agency are written and reviewed. Regardless of the agency, participants are taught to write with 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 non-assigned reviewers who may have read little, or nothing, of the proposal before the meeting of the review panel. Strategies designed to merit a fundable priority score are emphasized.

 
  

Phase I Registration

 
Register by Monday, September 15, 2014, online:  Center for Conferences  
By phone: 319-335-4141; by fax: 319-335-4039
By campus mail: Center for conferences/250 CEF ( printable form)
Questions: email conferences@uiowa.edu
 
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*Phase II Workshop (pre-requisite: Phase I seminar)

January 27-29, 2015
Tuition:  $3,475/participant (enrollment capped at 30); tuition is split equally among the college, department and OVPRED
 
Up to thirty persons participate in each of these workshops. Some of the activities are group based; however, ample one-on-one time is included to ensure that the specific needs of each participant are addressed. The program has three objectives for each participant:   
 
  • To write and submit the best application of which s/he is capable
  • To better understand the dynamics and psychology of the review process
  • To develop an appreciation that constructive criticism from colleagues can make the difference between an application’s success and failure
 
The workshop extends over four-to-six months. It begins with the Write Winning Grant Proposals seminar and includes one additional on-site meeting. Off-site interactions with consultants are conducted by telephone, fax, and e-mail. Both new and revised applications can be prepared.  Assistance in responding to prior review is provided to those who are writing revisions.
 
*To be considered for participation in Phase II, you must be nominated by your collegiate associate dean for research and submit the required pre-proposal by Friday, November 14, 2014.  Participants are selected after pre-proposals are reviewed by Dr. AtKisson and OVPRED.  Contact your collegiate associate dean as soon as possible but not later than Friday, August 8, 2014, if you are interested in applying for a spot in the workshop.  
 
Contact Cheryl Ridgeway (319-384-3332) in the OVPRED with questions.