"Getting Started Writing Successful Grant Proposals"

 A seminar and service provided by Grant Writer's Seminars & Workshops, LLC
Sponsored by the FASEB MARC Program

Tentative for ABRCMS 2015 in Seattle, Washington


The FASEB Office of MARC and Professional Development Programs in association with the ABRCMS 2015 Management Committee will sponsor the "Getting Started as a Successful Grant Writer and Academician" seminar at ABRCMS 2015 on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. A $25 pre-registration fee is required to reserve your space for this seminar.  Seating is limited; apply early! 
Download Application HERE!

Travel Awards/Mileage Reimbursement: 
All eligible applicants residing beyond a 50-mile radius of the seminar location in Seattle, Washington and are approved to attend the training program will receive a travel award (up to $250 maximum) to offset lodging expenses to allow participation in the training program.  Local area (within a 50-mile radius) applicants who are eligible and approved to attend the training program will receive mileage reimbursement (current IRS rates) related to the use of their personal automobiles.  The travel award/mileage expenses will be provided as a reimbursement after the ABRCMS 2015 meeting.  ALL applicants for FASEB MARC Travel Awards/Mileage Reimbursement must be USA citizens or Permanent Residents of the USA, and must reside with the USA or USA territories.  Persons on temporary/student visas are not eligible.  Other restrictions may apply.  See the travel award application form for more details.

Travel awards are available for underrepresented PhD/graduate students (3rd/4th/5th year), postdoctoral fellows and new assistant professors (within 1-year of completing postdoctoral training) to attend this program.  Full-time PhD/graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and new assistant professors (regardless of ethnicity) at postsecondary minority institutions are also eligible for these awards.

NOTE:  We are not able to provide travel funds to any applicant who is directly supported by federal funds that include travel to meetings.  This means that applicants who are supported by NIH F32/F31 fellowships, NIH K-series, or applicants who have similar support from other federal agencies (e.g., NSF, etc.).  PhD graduate students and/or Postdoctoral Fellows who are supported through their mentor’s NIH R01 grant or similar grant from other federal agencies may receive travel funds. All sources of federal funding support must be disclosed with the application packet.   Applicants not eligible to receive travel awards, but are still interested in attending the program should contact the FASEB MARC Program Office at marcgwsw@faseb.org.

Who Should Attend:    Senior PhD Graduate Students (3rd year minimum), Postdoctoral Fellows and New Assistant Professors (within 1st year of appointment after completion of postdoctoral training) who are writing or planning to write an NIH F31/F32 or NIH K Award.  Applicants must be actively engaged in research and must be in a Ph.D. graduate program or at the Ph.D. level (postdoctoral or within the first year of a new faculty appointment.)

About the Seminar/Workshop:
This nationally acclaimed seminar and workshop teaches new investigators how to write a grant application, a subject that is missing from the educational backgrounds of most junior faculty members. The program content is appropriate for senior graduate students, postdoctoral research fellows, and non-tenure track faculty members who aspire to tenure track and have never written a successful grant application.

The seminar is a modification of the advanced seminar, "Write Winning Grant Proposals". The difference is that the pace here is slower. For example, more time is allowed for questions and discussion and more basic material is included (e.g., organizational structures of the major federal funding agencies, how priority scores are calculated, what facilities and administrative [indirect] costs are, how to analyze a critique in anticipation of resubmission, etc.). As would be expected, greater emphasis is given to how one starts to build an academic career, including how to write a career development award.   The accompanying workshop allows participants to get hands-on experience by offering practical exercises and individual attention.

Participants will receive an extensive handout that contains the slides from the seminar and pertinent examples/practical exercises, as well as a copy of "The Grant Application Writer's Handbook".

Seminar Presenter:  The seminar and workshop will be presented by Dr. John Robertson.  Dr. Robertson has been the recipient of competitive extramural funding from both the NIH and non-federal sources. He is the author of 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters. Dr. Robertson has been a member of grant review panels, a reviewer for a number of biomedical journals, and served on editorial boards. Has also served as a mentor for grant applicants at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he has also been routinely recognized for excellence in teaching.

Registration Information:
  ABRCMS 2015 Conference Registration is required prior to registering for this seminar.  A $25 Seminar Registration Fee is also required to reserve your space for this seminar. Seating is limited; apply early!  Applicants must be actively engaged in research and must be in a Ph.D. graduate program or at the Ph.D. level (postdoctoral or within the first year of a new faculty appointment.)

Seminar Registration and Travel Award Form is available at

Registration/Application Packets must be received by Friday, October 2, 2015 at 5:00 PM ET.  All late or incomplete application packets will be declined upon receipt.


"Getting Started as a Successful Grant Writer and Academician"
A seminar and service provided by
Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops, LLC


Introduction to the Seminar

8:15 AM

How to Develop a Fundable Idea for a Grant Application/Identifying Funding Opportunities

9:15 AM

The Importance of Commitment/The Grant Concept

10:00 AM

AM Break

10:15 AM

The Key Components of the Grant Narrative/The Specific Aims Page (or equivalent)

10:45 AM

Significance/Innovation/Background/Research Strategy

11:15 AM

Biographical Sketches/Resources/Budgets

11:45 PM

Title, Abstract, and Narrative/Internal review/Submission

12:30 PM

Program Ends


For further information, contact:

FASEB Office of MARC and Professional Development Programs
9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814-3998
Email: gwsw@faseb.org
Phone: 301-634-7930

FASEB MARC Program Travel Awards
Email: marcssm@faseb.org
Phone: 301-634-7109


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