Write Winning Grant Proposals - Phase I Seminar

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Write Winning Grant Proposals

Presenter: John D. Robertson, PhD
Managing Member: Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops (GWSW)

The Research Development Office in the Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to partner with Dr. John Robertson from Grant Writer's Seminars & Workshops (GWSW) to conduct the Write Winning Grant Proposals seminar.

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Event Information

Phase I will take place on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 8:30 a.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU), Second Floor Ballroom. In person and virtual options are available. The Phase I seminar is a pre-requisite to the Phase II workshop scheduled for January 2025. Additional details will be available at that time.

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The Write Winning Grant Proposals seminar is the cornerstone of GWSW's seminar programs. It comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to writing competitive grant proposals. It is appropriate for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, 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, e.g., to focus on the funding agency or agencies (federal, private, and/or industry) that is/are of greatest interest to the attendees. Emphasis is given to doing the “extra” things that can make the difference between success and failure.

At the University of Iowa, the main focus of previous seminars has been on the NIH and NSF; however, regardless of the agency, participants are taught to write with a linear progression of logic, which leads reviewers through an application without them knowing that they are being led. Coping strategies to overcome the fact that applicants are writing for two different audiences — the assigned reviewers, who 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 — are emphasized. The seminar is in a lecture format.

Registration Details

  • The registration deadline is Sunday, Oct. 8 at 11:59 p.m. The registration fee is $150 (includes seminar, workbook, supplemental materials, and lunch).
  • Eligibility: This seminar is open to faculty members, postdoctoral researchers and administrative staff who have had some exposure to writing grant applications, either through training / mentoring or personal experience.
  • Method: Registration has changed slightly from previous years and will now be handled through a Workflow form. Each registrant will be asked to enter an MFK as required part of registration. A sponsoring MFK can be provided to faculty who meet the criteria by your respective college, or you can enter your own MFK. We will be in communication with each registrant prior to charging the accounts.
  • Sponsored Seats: Each college sponsors a certain number of faculty spots on a first come, first served basis. We will not charge your MFK if you meet the criteria for a sponsored registrant.
  • Workbook Choice: Select a workbook where indicated in the form. Click here for a description of each workbook version.
    • Please note: Workbooks will be campus mailed to registrants attending virtually so be sure to provide a complete and clear UI campus address where indicated in the registration form. 


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Please email vpr-rdo@uiowa.edu with any questions. Sign up for the RDO Monthly Newsletter to stay up-to-date on this year’s seminar here!

The Write Winning Grant Proposals Seminar is hosted by The Research Development Office (RDO) in the Office of the Vice President for Research

Thursday, October 26, 2023 8:30am to 4:30pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Second Floor Ballroom
125 North Madison Street, Iowa City, IA 52245
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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Research Development Office in advance at 319-335-0303 or vpr-rdo@uiowa.edu.