Writing/Designing NIH Proposals

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Dec 13 2012


Our one-day focused workshop addresses essential NIH research resources, as well as the conversion of ideas into fundable research. Following the workshop, you will understand how to navigate the mechanisms of grant procurement, identify the critical sections of successful proposals, and demonstrate the excellence and innovation that propels your research beyond other submissions. You will also understand the diversity of the study sections and comprehend how to respond to various NIH guidelines.

Your training covers the overall strategic plan for writing proposals, including: statement of significance, hypothesis, specific aims, approach, key personnel, and budgets. Our instructors will engage you in interactive exercises, lectures, and discussions so you can better understand how to research, write, and develop your individual research proposals.

Our curriculum targets:

  • Young Investigators seeking to acquire the techniques to research and draft winning NIH grant proposals
  • Senior researchers and grant writers looking to polish existing skills and receive updates about NIH funding trends

You will learn how to:

  • Find the appropriate program and grant mechanism for your idea
  • Read and interpret RFAs
  • Address the NIH proposal guidelines
  • Identify and effectively write the key elements of a proposal
  • Integrate each component of the grant into the final product
  • Develop focused and realistic budgets
  • Package a professional grant submission
  • Understand the NIH scoring system and peer review process
  • Use what happens in a study section to your advantage
  • Write winning grants that stand out from the competition


University of Massachusetts Medical School
Shrewsbury, MA




8:30 AM to 5:00 PM




Dr. Fatah Kashanchi

Dr. Fatah Kashanchi

Dr. Fatah Kashanchi trained under the supervision of Dr. C. Wood who worked with Dr. Susumu Tonegawa (Nobel Laureate for Medicine, 1987) at MIT. Dr. Kashanchi further trained in Dr. John Bradys lab at NIH/NCI from 1991-1998 and published more than 30 papers during his postdoc and senior investigator tenure. His research interests include both Genomics and Proteomics of HIV-1 and HTLV-1 infected cells. Research in Kashanchis lab has been funded by various internal and external sources including Selective Excellence, Keck, Snyder, Sinsheimer, Cyclacel, and more than 6 NIH grants, where he is the Principal investigator. Since his departure from NIH in 1998, Dr. Kashanchi has obtained $9.4 M of independent funding. He has 132 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, 9 book chapters, is an NIH study section member (7 independent study sections), as well as reviewer for 14 different journals.

Condensed Agenda:

8:30 am -8:40 amOverview of Course
8:40 am -10:30 amIntroduction to the NIH and Anatomy of a Grant
10:45 am -12:30 pmSpecific Aims and Hypotheses
1:00 pm -2:00 pmParsing Pink Sheets
2:00 pm -2:30 pmNIH Review Process Video
2:45 pm -4:30 pmBuilding an Airtight Case for Funding
4:30 pm -5:00 pmSummary of the Day, Q & A

Preparing for the Workshop

Begin thinking of the research you want to conduct. Doing so will help you better grasp the various proposal components presented during the course. Consider potential study sections that would be appropriate for your research, and how you would answer the following questions:

  • 1) What is the need of your project?
  • 2) What is the significance of your project?
  • 3) How will you budget your proposal?
  • 4) What is the time frame of the grant you are seeking?
  • 5) What is your hypothesis?
  • 6) What are the Specific Aims (2-3)?

What to Bring

  • Computer/Tablet and charger - All workshop materials will be supplied via USB drive and email. Many will be in PDF format.
  • Power strip or Extension cord
  • Notetaking: Paper and pens, and/or a personal USB drive

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • Attendee Cancellation: If you are unable to attend the workshop, you must notify Grant Training Center at least five (5) business days prior to the start of the workshop to receive a full refund. If you fail to notify Grant Training Center at least five (5) business days before the start of the workshop, you will not be eligible for a refund but will receive a credit toward a future workshop offered by Grant Training Center.
  • Grant Training Center Cancellation: All workshops are subject to rescheduling and cancellation in Grant Training Center’s sole and absolute discretion. In no event shall Grant Training Center be responsible for travel arrangements or other costs related to or arising from workshop attendance or Grant Training Center’s rescheduling or cancellation of the workshop. In the event of such a cancellation, Grant Training Center will use its best efforts to promptly notify enrollees, and endeavors to provide notification at least two weeks prior to the scheduled beginning of the workshop. If you have already paid for the cancelled workshop, you will be eligible for a refund of the enrollment fee.

General Questions:

A. Click here and complete the registration form.
A. Our classes tend to fill quickly, and our registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. We advise that you register as far in advance as possible to guarantee your seat.
A. If a class is full, we will pull it from the schedule. If you can see a workshop or webinar, you can sign up for it.
A. When you sign up for a workshop or webinar, we email you a confirmation notice. This email also contains an attachment providing the basic details about the course, such as: location, agenda, faculty biosketch, how to prepare, what to bring, and a few dining recommendations.
A. Each person traveling to our workshop has a different route, method of transportation, and budget for travel, so we leave travel planning up to the individual.
A. We will be happy to review the executive summary or abstract and discuss the direction of your grant with you.
A. In the blue folder issued to you at the beginning of the workshop, you will find a Participant Contact List. Each person registered for the workshop who did not opt out will be on the list.
A. Each link to any of our online training is only for the specific individual who registered. It is expressly prohibited to share the link or stream. Each person who will be participating or observing must register separately.
A. All materials provided before, during, and after training are solely for use by the registered participant. Any reproduction, distribution, or transfer is expressly prohibited. This includes all information directories, work books, and any other materials provided unless otherwise specified.

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