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February 7, 2013 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Mazurek Education Commons, Margherio Family Conference Center, School of Medicine
320 E. Canfield
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: $75
Audience: Alumni, Current Graduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host a research grant writing seminar for WSU faculty, post-docs, and space permitting, advanced doctoral students. The OVPR is sponsoring a major portion of the cost to bring Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops to campus.

There will be two incidences of this seminar with similar content, one on main campus  in the fall and one on the medical campus on February 7, 2013. Dr. Peg AtKisson will present the main campus seminar and Dr. John Robertson will present the medical campus seminar.

The fee for seminar materials for either seminar is $75 and may be paid for by personal check or through a department index account transfer. Payment or index information must be received prior to the seminar to reserve your spot.

Seminar Information:  The seminar is for hypothesis-driven research (medical biological and physical sciences and engineering). Light morning refreshments and lunch will be served.

The seminar will address both conceptual and practical aspects that are associated with the grant-writing process. It will emphasize idea development, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that have kept the co-founders of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops funded continuously for over twenty-five years.

Those attending the seminar should learn, among other things, the following specific points:

  • The three most common reasons that grant applications fail
  • How to develop an irresistible, fundable idea for a grant application
  • How to get the most important aspects of your message up front
  • How to identify the most applicable sources of funding for an idea
  • New-investigator programs, and how to take advantage of them
  • How to assess your competition and benefit from your competitors ideas
  • How to make an application maximally reviewer friendly
  • The review process: mechanics and psychology
  • What reviewers look for first! – next! – and last!
  • Tips on how to write for reviewers with maximal clarity and compelling logic
  • How to deal with changes in application requirements effectively (e.g., NIH)
  • Tips and strategies applicable to writing the specific sections of an application
  • Understanding significance/innovation and transformative research
  • Tips and strategies for competing renewals
  • The NIH application review – interpreting critiques
  • Resubmission of the application (the A1 application)

Registration is limited!  Registration and requested information needs to be completed by December 21, 2012.

Each attendee will receive a copy of The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook. You will need to identify which workbook you need at the time of registration. Below is the list of available versions from which you can select. Please have your choice ready when you go online to register.

  • The NIH edition. Required for all submitting NIH proposals
  • The NSF edition. Required for all submitting NSF proposals
  • Successful Proposals to Any Agency
  • USDA edition with updated insert
For more information about this event, please contact Sarah James at 313-577-8997 or sjames@wayne.edu.