Planning and Writing Successful Proposals

Presented by M.S. (Peg) AtKisson, Ph.D.
Founder, AtKisson Training Group

Dr. AtKisson earned her degree in neuroscience from Tufts University in 2001, after also working in cell biology and cancer biology. After completing her degree, she consulted for Cogniscent, Inc., on nanotechnology applications of short DNA sequences as chemical sensors. She began her research development career as a contract grant writer, with clients including the Association for Computing Machines, Wake Forest University, Hunter College, and Tufts University, among others. Tufts created a position for her, where she subsequently created and fully staffed one of the earliest formal research development offices. On her departure from the position of director of proposal development, she and her team had been involved in bringing in over $140,000,000 in funded grants. Funders included NIH, NSF, USAID, and the W. M. Keck Foundation. She also provided training for faculty and post-doctoral fellows in grant writing. Before founding ATG, she worked as a presenter and consultant, providing grant writing training at universities across the US, both in lecture format and with individual faculty members in one-on-one consultations.

Seminar Summary

Title: Planning and Writing Successful Proposals
Date: October 24, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Place: The University Club (1360 Melrose Avenue)
Cost: $150 (includes supplemental materials and lunch)
Draft Agenda (pdf)

The AtKisson Training Group (ATG) day-long seminar focuses on the fundamentals of writing proposals—the why beneath the how—while also providing concrete and actionable tools that can impact both the proposal and the person.  Writing a winning grant application requires more than clear organization. It requires that the applicant is ready to go, has both the right idea and the plan for executing it, and will be seen as the right person to succeed. The seminar combines lecture format and engagement activities and covers all aspects of developing a competitive grant proposal. Participants receive handout materials and many opportunities for questions and discussion.


Registration deadline: noon on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Register online:
By phone: 319-335-4141; by fax: 319-335-4039
By campus mail: Center for Conferences/250 CEF (printable form)


OVPRED Research Development Office: Cheryl Ridgeway ( / 319-384-3332)
CCOM Office of Faculty Affairs and Development: Denise Jurca ( / 319-335-9103)

Hosted jointly by the University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development's Research Development Office 
and the Carver College of Medicine's Office of Faculty Affairs and Development