Planning & Writing Successful NSF Grant Proposals 2-Day Virtual Workshop

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Date: February 1, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom link to be emailed
Category: Training

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The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the NSF-intensive workshopPlanning & Writing Successful NSF Grant Proposals, presented by Dr. John Robertson of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops.

This webinar will be presented over 2 days: the first half on the afternoon of Tuesday, February 1st; the second half on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 2nd.  We hope this novel presentation schedule enables more researchers to participate! When you register for this seminar, you are registering for both the afternoon of February 1st and the afternoon of February 2nd.  You are not expected to register separately for both dates.

This workshop is ONLY open to WSU faculty and current postdoctoral and graduate trainees.

NOMINATION AND REGISTRATION ARE REQUIRED.  Since the OVPR is covering the costs for the seminar, registrants must be nominated by a university official:

  • Department chair for faculty members
  • Faculty researcher for postdoctoral fellows
  • Graduate advisor for graduate students

Provide the name and email of your nominating official at the time of registration for verification.

To register, click on the RSVP button above to complete your registration using your WSU email address or accessID – and make sure it is correct!  You will be sent a link to the webinar approximately 24 hours prior to the event.

Registration will close January 26th (no exceptions).  For wait-listing, email Ms. Serowik.

Content of the Webinars

Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops was founded by academicians for academicians to help researchers obtain formal training in how to support their work with grant proposal writing.

This widely acclaimed seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the grant proposal-writing process. Emphasis is given to such things as idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers.

Participants are taught to write with a linear progression of logic, which leads reviewers through their applications. It is stressed that applicants are writing for two different audiences – the assigned reviewers, who have 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. Strategies, tools, and tips designed to merit a fundable priority score are emphasized.

IMPORTANT:  The webinar will not be recorded.

Supporting Material

All participants will receive an extensive handout, as well as one copy of the NSF version of The Grant Application Writer's Workbook. Arrangements for pick-up or delivery of the workbook will be organized at a later date.

** The workshop “Preparing the NSF Faculty Early Career Award Application” is being offered February 3, 2022.  Check the university events calendar or email  Note: You must have faculty status to attend this workshop.


Dr. John Robertson holds a Doctorate in Pharmacology/Toxicology and has been an Associate Member at Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops since 2010.  In 2017 he became the Managing Member.  He has been the recipient of competitive extramural funding from both the NIH and non-federal sources.  He has authored 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters.  In addition, he has been a member of grant review panels, a reviewer for a number of biomedical journals, and served on editorial boards.  He has also been routinely recognized for excellence in teaching.

February 2022