Write Winning Grant Proposals - Phase II Intensive Workshop

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Write Winning Grant Proposals Phase II: Intensive Workshop

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.

Click here to view the seminar's webpage.

Event Information

Phase II workshop will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon and follow up consultation meetings will be scheduled that afternoon or Wednesday, Jan. 8 in the University Capital Center (UCC). This workshop is in-person.

The workshop includes 4-6 months of ongoing virtual consultations. The half day seminar includes some activities that 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:

  1. To write and submit the best application of which they are capable.
  2. To better understand the dynamics and psychology of the review process.
  3. To develop an appreciation that constructive criticism from colleagues can make the difference between an application's success and failure.

Faculty interested in attending the Phase II workshop must be approved by their collegiate associate dean for research and submit an application. Participants will be selected based on a review of applications. Selected participants are required to attend the Write Winning Grant Proposals Phase I seminar and one additional on-site meeting Jan. 7–8, 2025. Off-site consultations extend over the subsequent four-to-six months.

Off-site interactions with consultants are conducted by email, telephone, and/or virtually, as required, to ensure that the specific needs of each participant are addressed. The final draft is critiqued for grantsmanship by a GWSW consultant, after which it is reviewed for scientific and technical errors by members of a pre-submission review committee that is set up by the workshop participant. By the time it is submitted, a proposal has gone through three rounds of rigorous internal review, which is what helps to ensure maximal competitiveness of the resultant application. New, renewal, and resubmitted applications are eligible.

Registration Details (pre-requisite: Phase I Seminar)

  • The registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 30 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Cost: The registration fee is $4,400/participant (tuition is split equally between the participant's college, department, and the OVPR)
  • Eligibility: This seminar is open to faculty members who have attended the Phase I seminar last fall (2023) or are registered to attend this fall (2024). To be considered for participation in the workshop, candidates must be approved by their collegiate associate dean for research and submit the required pre-proposal. Workshop registration is capped at 25 participants.
  • To Attend: Registration be handled through an online interest form. Interested faculty should discuss sponsorship with their collegiate ADR and DEO, and then complete the registration here by Monday, Sept. 30 at 11:59 pm.

Eligible applicants interested in attending the Phase II workshop may click here to register by Monday, Sept. 30.


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

Tuesday, January 7 8:00am to Wednesday, January 8, 2025 4:30pm
University Capitol Centre
200 South Capitol Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
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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.