Write Winning Grant Proposals

Presented by John D. Robertson, Ph.D.
Managing Member, Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops

The Research Development Office in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPRED), in collaboration with the Carver College of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Development, are pleased to announce that Dr. John Robertson from Grant Writer's Seminars & Workshops will conduct the Write Winning Grant Proposals Phase I seminar on Friday, October 26, 2018.  A Phase II workshop sponsored by OVPRED will be held in February 2019.

Phase I Seminar (Pre-requisite to the Phase II Workshop)

Title: Write Winning Grant Proposals
Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Place: Hilton Garden Inn, Iowa City (328 S. Clinton Street)
Cost: $150 (includes supplemental materials and lunch)
Seminar Agenda (pdf)

Dr. Robertson

This all-day presentation is the cornerstone of the Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops (GWSW) 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.

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 with multiple opportunities for questions throughout the day.

Phase I Registration
Deadline: Noon, Monday, October 8, 2018
To register on  behalf of someone else, call: 319-335-8599

Two-Step Self-Registration:

  1. Sign-in using HawkID and password: https://uiowa.cloud-cme.com/aph.aspx. Complete your profile, if requested (fields highlighted in red only).
  2. Click "Non-CME Courses" to register for the Write Winning Grant Proposals seminar.

Sponsored Registrations: There are a limited number of college specific sponsored registrations complimentary to faculty on a first-come, first-served basis. Under "Registration Type," select the college you are affiliated with. If your college is not listed then complimentary seats are no longer available. In that case, choose "All Other University of Iowa Faculty & Staff."

Workbook Choice: Select one workbook where indicated in the form.  More than one workbook per participant is not allowed.

Payment Method: If sponsored registration was chosen, select "College-Sponsored Registration" as the payment type. Click "Finish." Your registration is now complete and you may print or email your invoice. For non-sponsored registration, select "Pay by Credit Card."

Call 319-335-8599 with registration questions.

Phase II Workshop (Pre-Requisite: Phase I Seminar)

Date: February 7-8, 2019
Place: TBD
Tuition: $4,000; tuition is split equally between the participant's college, department, and the Office of the Vice President for Research
Pre-requisite: Phase I Seminar
Sponsored by: The Research Development Office in the Office of the Vice President for Research

Up to twenty-five persons may participate in the Phase II workshop. Some of the activities 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: 

• To write and submit the best application of which s/he is capable 
• To better understand the dynamics and psychology of the review process 
• To develop an appreciation that constructive criticism from colleagues can make the difference between an application’s success and failure 

The Phase II workshop extends over four-to-six months. It begins with the Write Winning Grant Proposals seminar (required for participation in the workshop) and includes one additional on-site meeting. Off-site interactions with consultants are conducted by telephone, fax, and e-mail. Both new and revised grant applications can be prepared. Assistance in responding to prior review is provided to those who are resubmitting to a granting agency.

Faculty must contact their collegiate associate dean for research no later than Thursday, August 23, 2018, with their interest in attending.  If nominated to apply, potential participants will be contacted by staff with application details. Completed applications will be reviewed and successful candidates invited to participate.  Because the Phase I seminar is a pre-requisite for participation in the workshop and it does fill quickly, it is strongly advised that those interested in applying to the workshop register as soon as possible for the seminar.


OVPRED Research Development Office: Cheryl Ridgeway (cheryl-a-ridgeway@uiowa.edu / 319-384-3332)
CCOM Office of Faculty Affairs and Development: Denise Jurca (denise-jurca@uiowa.edu / 319-335-9103)

The Phase I Grant Writing Seminar is 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