The Research Development Office, CLAS Grant Support Office, and College of Engineering are hosting a 4-part virtual NSF CAREER Award grant writing seminar, Planning and Writing Successful NSF CAREER Proposals on Friday, January 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 10am-12pm each day (8 total hours). The seminar is presented by Dr. Peg AtKisson (AtKisson Training Group).


Planning and Writing Successful NSF CAREER Proposals Seminar

An NSF CAREER award application is more than an NSF Standard Grant with an education plan added in. Highly competitive awards integrate the research and education plan. In this seminar, we talk about why and how to create a plan that results in a competitive proposal.



Seminar Topics

  • Understanding the Basics of CAREERs
  • Planning Your Proposal
  • Crafting a Compelling Overview
  • Designing Your Education and Research Plans
  • Discussing the Literature, Preliminary Work, and Significance
  • Letters and the Rest


Assistant professors (or equivalent) who are eligible to submit NSF CAREER awards are welcome to register for this seminar.


No cost to register. Register here by Wednesday, January 6, 2021. A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants prior to January 8, 2021. Registration includes one electronic copy of the Handbook for Planning and Writing Successful Grant Proposals (link to excerpt).

Handbook for Planning and Writing Successful Grant Proposals

The Handbook helps you through the grant writing process, starting with the early stages of planning your project. It contains clear and flexible solutions to communicating your idea clearly to the reviewer. The Handbook provides a heavily footnoted and occasionally humorous guide to turning your idea into a clear grant proposal.


Peg AtKisson, PhD

M.S. (Peg) AtKisson, PhD, trained in neuroscience, but has focused on grant proposals since 2001. She started the research development group at Tufts University, working on large proposals and supporting individual investigators for 8 years and over $140,000,000 of successes across many federal and foundation funders. She joined Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops in 2008, as an associate member, presenting training across the country. In 2017 she left to found ATG to create new approaches to grantsmanship training in addition to support for faculty research and leadership development. She still considers herself a neuroscientist first, and she still writes grant proposals.

Susannah Gal, PhD (Guest Speaker)

Susannah Gal, PhD brings experience with a variety of different types of grants in many fields. She has a PhD in Biochemistry and been a faculty member for more than 25 years at Binghamton University and Penn State Harrisburg. Dr. Gal has broad experience in reviewing proposals in a variety of scientific, social and humanities’ fields.  Her experience as a reviewer for several federal agencies and as a Program Officer at NSF allow her to provide feedback that should make any proposal stronger.

Sponsored by:
Research Development Office, CLAS Grant Support Office, and College of Engineering


Check out these other upcoming relevant events:

NSF CAREER Club (January-July)
Broader Impacts Workshops (February 19 & 26)



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 Britt Ryan in advance at 319-335-9575 or