Graduate Students, Postdocs and Early-Career Scientists Program:

Grant Writing Seminar & Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Workshop




FASEB Campus - Bethesda, Maryland - Dates To Be Determined



Write Winning Grants Seminar at FASEB campus

Seminar Location:       FASEB Beaumont Campus - 9650 Rockville Pike - Bethesda, MD

Seminar Dates:            To Be Determined

Who Should Attend:     Ph.D. Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Early-Career Scientists


DAY 1:  "Getting Started Writing Successful Grant Proposals" Seminar:  This is a nationally acclaimed seminar that 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 Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows and early-career scientists who aspire to tenure track and have never written a successful grant application. 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 27 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 has 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.  collinDr. Robertson received his doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Pharmacology and Toxicology.  He completed his postdoctoral training at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.  He is currently a full-time Associate Member of GWSW, LLC.

DAY 2:  "Responsible Conduct of Research" (RCR) Workshop:  This workshop series will highlight key principles and repeatedly emphasize that research and scholarly integrity is a fundamental characteristic of quality research/scholarship in all disciplines.  The workshop series will include lecture and case study-centered discussions on multiple aspects of research ethics. The Office of Research Integrity monograph by Nicholas Steneck, ORI Introduction to Responsible Conduct of Research (Revised Edition, 2007), will be used as an outline for the one-day introduction to RCR.

Workshop Presenter:  The workshop series will be presented by Dr. Jerry Collins.  Dr. Collins has many years’ experience in developing case-based or project-based learning in the VaNTH Engineering Research Center in bioengineering educational technologies at Vanderbilt University before his retirement there in 2007.  He continues to apply the principles of case-based learning in his research as an Adjunct Professor at Alabama A & M University in research ethics.  Since 1990, he has organized and chaired the session "Computers in Teaching and Research" at the Experimental Biology meetings. Most recently, he has served as founding chair of the Ethics Committee of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).  Dr. Collins earned a Ph.D. from Duke University in electrical engineering.


Travel Awards are AVAILABLE:  The FASEB MARC Program is offering travel awards for eligible 5th Year PhD Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Early-Career Scientists to support participation in the 2015 Grant Writing Seminar and RCR WorkshopAll applicants (regardless of ethnicity) meeting the citizenship/residency requirements and have full-time status at USA accredited postsecondary institutions are eligible to apply for the travel awards. (Certain restrictions apply).

Apply early! Space is limited.  Participation in this 2-day program is limited to 100 attendees.  Funding support  to help defray the cost of travel (air/ground transportation), hotel lodging and per diem (for meals not provided during the program) will be provided for eligible applicants who are approved for travel awards to participate in this program.   

FASEB MARC Travel Awards are provided as expense reimbursements:  Lodging, air/ground transportation and per diem will be processed as reimbursements to the award recipients. HOTEL LODGING - Arrival and departure dates will be determined.  Original receipts will be required in order to receive reimbursement.  The maximum amount to be reimbursed for travel-related expenses is $1,400 and will be indicated in the travel award recipient’s award letter.

APPLICATION FORM:  Download Program Application/Travel Award Form for the seminar and workshop program.



Complete the Application/Travel Award form and submit the form and all supporting documentation to the FASEB MARC Program Office by To Be Determined.

After the application packets have been reviewed by the FASEB MARC Program Committee, a decision on whether or not to accept/invite the applicant to attend the seminar and workshop program will be made based on the information provided.

Confirmation of the applicant's selection to participate in the seminar and workshop program will be made as applications are received and processed.

A limited number (100 maximum) of program participants will be selected. Applicants must be actively engaged in research and must be a Ph.D.-candidate or at the Ph.D.-level (postdoctoral fellow or early-career) research scientist.

Travel awards are available for all eligible Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows and early career scientists residing outside of a 50-mile radius of 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland.  

NOTE:  We are not be able to provide travel funds to any applicant who is directly supported by federal funds that include travel support for meeting attendance/participation.  This means that applicants who are supported by NIH K-series, NIH F-series, some NIH T-series grants, or applicants who have similar support from other federal agencies (e.g., NSF, etc.) may not be eligible to receive travel awards.  PhD students, postdocs and early-career scientists not eligible for travel award support 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. 





  Program Agenda - Day 1
"Getting Started Writing Successful Grant Proposals"


  8-8:30 AM Check-in/Arrival at FASEB campus
  8:30AM 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
10:15 AM AM Break
10:30 AM The Grant Concept
11:00 AM The Reviewers and the Review Process
12:00 PM Group Lunch
  1:00 PM The Key Components of the Grant Narrative
  1:15 PM  The Specific Aims Page (or equivalent)
  2:30 PM   PM Break
  2:45 PM  Significance/Innovation/Background
  3:15 PM  Research Strategy
  4:00 PM  Biographical Sketches/Resources
  4:15 PM  Budgets
  4:30 PM  Title, Abstract and Narrative
  4:45 PM  Internal review/Submission
Program Agenda - Day 2
"Responsible Conduct of Research" Workshop Series

  8:00-8:30 AM   Check-in/Arrival at FASEB campus
  8:30 AM   Shared Values: Rules of the Road, Research Misconduct
  9:15 AM   Planning Research: Protection of Human Subjects
 10:15 AM   AM Break
 10:30 AM   Planning Research: Protection of Human Subjects (con'td)
 11:00 AM   Planning Research: The Welfare of Laboratory Animals
 11:30 AM   Planning Research: Conflicts of Interest
 12:00 PM   Group/Working Lunch
  1:00 PM   Conducting Research: Data Management
  1:30 PM   Conducting Research: Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities
  2:15 PM   PM Break
  2:30 PM   Conducting Research: Collaborative Research
  3:00 PM   Reporting and Reviewing Research: Authorship and Publication
  3:30 PM   Reporting and Reviewing Research: Peer Review
  4:00 PM  Safe Driving and Responsible Research
  5:00 PM   Program Ends




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 Smith, Program Manager via email301-634-7930.

NIH Grants Resources:
- Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops, LLC

Previous Seminars:
- 2015 (Sep. 14-15): FASEB, Bethesda, MD
- 2014 (Aug. 25-26): FASEB, Bethesda, MD
- 2013 (Aug. 26-28): Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA
- 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


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