Research Workshop: Planning and Writing Successful NIH Grant Proposals

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Date: November 8, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Live Webinar
Category: Training

RSVP is closed.

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host an NIH-intensive workshop: Planning & Writing Successful NIH Grant Proposals, presented by Dr. Peg Atkisson of Atkisson Training Group, LLC.

This webinar will be presented over 2 days: the first half on the morning of Monday, November 8th; the second half the morning of Tuesday, November 9th. We hope this novel presentation schedule enables more researchers to participate! When you register for this seminar, you are registering for both the morning of November 8th and the morning of November 9th. 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 using your WSU email address or AccessID – and make sure it is correct! You will be sent a link to the webinar workshop shortly before the event.

Registration will close November 4th (no exceptions). For wait-listing, email Ms. Serowik.


Content of the Webinars

This workshop combines lecture format and engagement activities and are designed to convey the fundamentals of NIH proposal writing, with concepts backed up with concrete tips and operational strategies. Targeted learning outcomes include understanding of the preparation steps before writing, techniques for creating a strong argument for the proposed project, techniques for communicating the approach clearly and understanding how these techniques connect to the process by which an NIH grant proposal is reviewed. Note: this webinar will not address NSF grant proposal writing**.

IMPORTANT: The webinar will not be recorded.



M. S. (Peg) AtKisson, Ph.D., earned her degree in neuroscience from Tufts University in 2001, working in cell biology and cancer biology as well. 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, 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. By the time she departed 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 ranged from NIH, NSF, and USAID to the W. M. Keck Foundation. Most of these successful high-value proposals supported research centers and infrastructure. She also provided training for faculty and post-doctoral fellows in grant writing.

Since 2008 she has presented an average of 30 seminars per year, customized for many different funders, covering bench and social science as well as arts & humanities. She worked directly with over 200 individual researchers on proposals ranging from materials physics to history, coaching investigators through the grant-writing process to leave each faculty member with a new skill set to be applied to every proposal going forward.



For more information about this event, please contact Mary Serowik at

**NSF grant proposal writing is being offered February 1-2, 2022. Check the university events calendar or email!

November 2021