Grant Writing Seminar & Practical Exercises Workshop at

Marine Biological Laboratory
Grantsmanship training seminar program provided by Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops, LLC

Seminar Dates: Date To Be Determined

"FASEB Grant Writing Seminar & Practical Exercises Workshop"
A two-day seminar program provided by Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops, LLC and H.G. Adams & Associates, Inc.



Who Should Attend:    


Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and New Assistant Professors


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/Workshop Presenters:  The seminar and workshop will be presented by Drs. Stephen W. Russell and David C. Morrison, each of whom has held peer-reviewed funding continuously throughout his research career. Each has also spent many years reviewing proposals for a variety of national granting agencies.

About the MBL:  The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is an international center for research and education in biology, biomedicine and ecology. Founded in 1888, the MBL is the oldest independent marine laboratory in the Americas.  The MBL's Office of Housing and Conferences maintains a variety of comfortable, attractive, and affordable housing units for students, faculty, and scientists involved in MBL's research and educational programs, in addition to hosting scientific meetings, conferences, and departmental retreats in scenic Woods Hole.

Travel Awards are AVAILABLE:  FASEB Office of MARC and Professional Development Programs is currently accepting travel award applications to help support participation in this seminar and workshop program.  Through funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, we are providing travel awards for underrepresented graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and new assistant professors to attend this two-day seminar and workshop program that will be held at the Marine Biological Laboratory facility located in Woods Hole, MA.  [FASEB MARC approval to attend these programs will be required. No onsite registration will be available.]

A limited number of program participants will be selected. Applicants must be actively engaged in research and must be in a Ph.D. graduate program (Ph.D. graduate students) or at the Ph.D. level (postdoctoral fellow or non-tenured junior faculty member.)

Travel awards are available for underrepresented graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and non-junior faculty members to attend this program. Full-time graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty (regardless of ethnicity) at postsecondary minority institutions are also eligible to apply for these awards.

NOTE:  We are not be 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/F30 fellowships, NIH K-series, or applicants who have similar support from other federal agencies (e.g., NSF, etc.)  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 for information about the possibility to register and attend the seminar and workshop program at his/her own expense. 

ALL applicants/recipients for FASEB MARC Travel Awards must be U.S.A. Citizens and Permanent Residents of the U.S.A., and must reside within the U.S.A. or U.S.A. territories. Persons on temporary/student visas are not eligible. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: To Be Determined.  All late or incomplete application packets will be declined upon receipt.


 Grantsmanship Training Seminar Program Agenda 
Presented by
Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops, LLC

                                Program Agenda - Arrival Day
      2-6 PM   MBL Arrival/Registration
5:30-10PM   Group Dinner
      7-9 PM   "Meet & Greet" Social Mixer
                              Program Agenda - Day 1
   "Getting Started as a Successful Grant Writer and Academician" Seminar
                             and Practical Exercises Workshop

7-8:30 AM   Breakfast
  8:30  AM   Introduction to the Seminar
   8:45 AM   How to Develop a Fundable Idea for a Grant Application
   9:45 AM   Identifying Funding Opportunities
 10:00 AM   The Importance of Commitment
 10:30 AM   AM Break
 11:00 AM   The Grant Concept: Reviewers, Review Process, Grant Narrative,
  Specific Aims  Page
12:00 PM   Group Lunch                                                                                                               
   1:00 PM   The Specific Aims Page (or equivalent)
   2:30 PM   PM Break
   3:00 PM   Practical Exercises
5:30-7 PM   Group Dinner
                             Program Agenda - Day 2
                             Practical Exercises in Grant Writing

7-8:30 AM   Breakfast
   8:30 AM   Practical Exercises
 10:00 AM   AM Break
 10:30 AM   Break-out Sessions
 12:00 PM   Group Lunch
   1:30 PM   Continuation of Practical Exercises
   2:30 PM   PM Break
   3:00 PM   Grant Seminar Program Final Segment
5:30-7 PM   Group Dinner
                                Program Agenda - Departure Day
7-8:30 AM   Breakfast
7-10 AM   Box Lunches
    Depart MBL


















A Few Comments from Participants of Earlier Grant Writing Seminars/Workshops



“The presenters were excellent! The arrangement by FASEB was very impressive. This seminar/workshop should be given to Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows before they begin their careers. I benefited immensely. Thank you.”
“This is a very informative and useful workshop. I am extremely glad I attended it.”
“Most informative seminar! Tips and anecdotes were very helpful.”
“The information in the book works. I have three copies – one for home, one for the office and a spare. I use the book like a bible! I have applied for an R01.” [Update: Investigator’s R01 application was funded.] 
“Full of powerful information that is critical to professors, graduate students, and postdoctorates. Should be a permanent part of graduate curriculum. This is my first formal grant writing seminar ... I learned more in 1.5 days than I did in my semester long microbiology course that had us write a mock proposal. Thank you!”
“This seminar was very useful and exciting. I now have the tools to complete a successful proposal! Dr. Stephen Russell is an awesome instructor. Thank you!”
“This is an excellent workshop. Of all the grant writing workshops that I have attended within the past two years, this is the BEST!”
“Best workshop I ever attended!”
“I enjoyed every minute of the seminar. I look forward to another opportunity to attend this workshop.”
“I thought this was going to be the usual grant writing workshop, and I had planned to attend for a few hours. The first hour of this workshop convinced me that I must not miss a minute of the workshop. It is informative and I am convinced that going forward I am a better grant writer. I am looking forward to my next successful application. I will recommend this workshop to anyone interested in writing a successful application.”
For more information about the program and registration process, contact Cordelia Adams, Program Coordinator via email301-634-7930.
Previous Seminars:
-  2012 (Aug. 24-25): Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles, Chantilly, VA
-  2011 (Nov. 18-19): Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles, Chantilly, VA
-  2011 (Aug. 26-27): Courtyard by Marriott Oceanfront North; Virginia Beach, VA
-  2010 (Aug. 27-28): Courtyard by Marriott Oceanfront North; Virginia Beach, VA
- 2009 (Aug. 26-27): Courtyard by Marriott Oceanfront North; Virginia Beach, VA
- 2009 (Jun. 19): FASEB Campus; Bethesda, MD
- 2008 (Aug. 22): FASEB/Bethesda Marriott; Bethesda, MD
- 2007 (Aug. 10): FASEB/Bethesda Marriott; Bethesda, MD




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The FASEB MARC Program is funded by two grants from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health.  [T36-GM08059 and T36-GM08637]