NIH F & K Grant Writing Workshop (Online)

Winter 2023 (3 units)

This course is designed to provide doctoral students and fellows with training on the preparation of a NIH Fellowship or Career Development Award application in a structured environment. The course will cover funding mechanisms, NIH submission and review procedures, charting out a timeline for writing and assembling all grant components, and writing each component of the grant application.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the basic NIH funding mechanism.
  • Identify the major components of an NIH grant.
  • Develop a personal grantwriting plan with timeline for completion.
  • Develop grantsmanship writing and preparation skills.
  • Integrate information on grantwriting into a well-developed grant application.
  • Prepare a draft application with all proposal elements determined.




Course Co-Director:

Erin Van Blarigan, ScD

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
email: [email protected]

Course Co-Director

Amy Conroy, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
email: [email protected]


Lecture and discussion.
Each class will include reading and homeworks. All sessions will take place remotely using Zoom on Wednesdays, 1:10 PM-3:00 PM, Jan. 11 to Mar. 15  

All course materials and handouts will be posted on the course's online syllabus.


None required.

Recommended: The Grant Application Writers’ Workbook by S.W. Russell and D.C. Morrison. Seminars and Workshops, LLC. 2010.

Books may be purchased either through the publisher or a variety of commercial venues (e.g.,


Assignments during the course will include writing and revising sections of a training grant (e.g., Specific Aims, Significance, Innovation, Candidate Statement, Training Plan). Assignments will also include readings, conducting peer reviews of classmates’ writing, and communicating with sponsors and program officials. Student grades will be based on: Completion and quality of assignments (80%) Class participation (20%)

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Winter Course Schedule

Apply for Winter courses by December 20, 2022.