Grant Writing Workshops

Robert Porter, Ph.D., of GrantWinners Seminars will present three grant writing workshops for UI faculty, staff, pre- and post-docs on September 29 and 30, 2011.

Currently Director of Research Development at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Porter has 30 years of experience as a tenured professor, private consultant, Robert Porterand research administrator. His proposals have won more than $5 million in awards from government agencies and private foundations. He has presented papers and workshops on grant writing at national conferences and has published prize-winning articles on this subject in the Journal of Research Administration. Dr. Porter has previously taught at Swarthmore College, Susquehanna University, and Eastern Washington University.


Workshop Sessions & Registration

Registration is required and open to UI faculty, staff, pre- and post-docs.
Writing Successful Grants - Registration for this session has closed.
September 29, 9:00am - Noon
Iowa Memorial Union Second Floor Ballroom
For those who are new to the grant game, this introductory workshop covers basic principles of good grant writing, starting with the phrasing of a compelling research theme to the actual construction of the proposal itself. Major differences between traditional "academic prose" and persuasive grant writing are highlighted. Common pitfalls that can lead to early rejection of good ideas are reviewed, matched with practical strategies for better writing. Special attention will be paid to the perspectives of grant reviewers and how to write in ways that will meet their expectations.
  • Killer mistakes in grant writing and how to avoid them
  • Two critical steps that will double your chances for success
  • How to win over the grant reviewer
  • Simple keys to a more powerful writing style
  • Visualization: Using illustrations to "sell" your project


 Career Development Grants for Pre & Post Docs - Registration for this session has closed.
September 29, 1:30 - 4:30pm
Iowa Memorial Union Second Floor Ballroom
This session  will focus on NSF and NIH grants that support doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows as they transition through critical career stages, from early graduate study to the doctoral dissertation, the initial postdoctoral fellowship, and on to becoming an independent investigator. We will examine the purpose and structure of NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship programs and its Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants. NIH funding mechanisms such as F awards, K awards, and the new Pathway to Independence program will be described. Requirements unique to career development proposals will be specified, and successful proposals will be used to illustrate principles of effective writing. Topics to be discussed include:   
  • Choosing the appropriate award track for your career stage
  • Anatomy of a typical career award proposal
  • Understanding the grant review process
  • Contacting grant program officers


Building the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant Proposal - Registration for this session has closed.
September 30, 9:00 - Noon
International Programs Commons (1117 UCC)
Major National Endowment for the Humanities funding tracks will be reviewed, together with eligibility requirements, funding levels, and lists of projects recently funded by each program. Key elements of the NEH grant review process will be covered, and examples of successful proposals will be distributed for group discussion by participants. A major emphasis will be placed on how successful grant writers meet the requirements of specific NEH program announcements.
  • Overview of NEH mission, structure and budget
  • Goals of major program areas
  • How to find the right program
  • Important upcoming deadlines
  • Key do’s and don’t’s for success
 This session is co-sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and International Programs.



Please contact Leslie Weatherhead  in the Office of the Vice President for Research with questions.