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Write Winning Grants

October 30, 2009
Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Seminar: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
ACE 2.302 (AVAYA Auditorium)

The Office of Sponsored Projects is sponsoring a seminar October 30, 2009 for junior faculty, professional research staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and research administrators interested in improving their submissions to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and other potential funding agencies or in learning about the proposal process in general. The seminar will be conducted by grant writing consultant David C. Morrison, Ph.D. Dr. Morrison is co-founder and member of Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, LLC, an organization founded by academicians for academicians seeking research funding.

The Seminar: From Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, LLC:
This widely acclaimed seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. It is designed for faculty members and administrative staff who have had some exposure to writing grant applications, either through training/mentoring or personal experience. Emphasis is given to such things as idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers. Participants are taught to organize their presentations using a linear progression of logic, which leads reviewers through their applications. It is stressed that applicants are writing for two different audiences - the assigned reviewers, who have read the application in its entirety, and those who have read little, if anything, before the review meeting.

David C. Morrison
Dr. Morrison earned his Ph.D. from Yale in molecular biology and biophysics and was a postdoctoral research fellow at NIH and the Scripps Research Institute. He has been continuously funded since the early 1970s by NIH (including a ten-year MERIT award), foundations, and industry. He is a member of multiple national review panels and advisory groups and is a recipient of awards for teaching excellence and innovation.

Registration and Materials

For more information, please contact Elena V. Mota by telephone (512)232-1419 or by e-mail (