We coach graduate and postdoctoral trainees in developing and articulating research strategies to tackle important scientific questions.
We help you STEP into success with grant writing by:
Why you should submit a proposal:
Specific Aims Lecture
Learn techniques for developing a one-page executive summary of your research plan, e.g. Specific Aims page.
February 1, 2017 at 2:00-4:00pm
Specific Aims Peer Review Workshops
Receive feedback on your 1-page Specific Aims draft document. Our approach to eliciting feedback will help you clarify and deepen your thinking. Plus providing feedback to your peers will improve your writing.
You must bring 4 copies of a draft of your Specific Aims (1 page) to the workshop. An early draft is OK!
Have a question about your fellowship or career development award? Meet one-on-one with our trained Grant Coaches to answer questions, find resources, obtain advice or evaluate draft documents (1 page or less).
Watch a video about how to write a compelling 1-page Specific Aims (SUNEt ID required)
Co-sponsored by the GWA and SBSA
March 11, 2017 at 10:00am - 5:00 pm
This all-day retreat provides a time and place to write plus lunch and snacks. Also, join short lightening talks about writing grants, receive feedback at peer review workshops and one-on-one coaching from the GWA's Grant Coaches.
Learn techniques for implementing elements of scientific storytelling to transform your writing. The principles of storytelling can strengthen your NIH Biosketch (e.g. Personal Statement & Contributions to Science sections), biography (bio) and more. Also, receive feedback on your NIH Biosketch or other document at our Peer Review Workshops. Our approach to generating feedback will clarify and deepen your thinking, while providing feedback to your peers will improve your writing and expand your creativity.
Proposal Bootcamp Course — BIOS 242 — Weekly 2-hour meetings
September to November, 2017
Participants develop proposals through guided exercises with an emphasis on establishing writing practice, in-class peer review and focused faculty feedback.
Comments from previous participants:
"The schedule forced me to write"
"One of the best things... I wasn't the only one going through the grant writing process"
"This course helped improve the quality of my proposal"
"Thanks to you... I actually got a K99 on the first round. Your [course] was invaluable!"
If you are interested in the 2016 Proposal Bootcamp, please participate in our Specific Aims Lecture and Peer Review Workshops. During the first week of the Proposal Bootcamp course your 1-page Specific Aims document will be peer reviewed.
Course registration closes Sept 19, 2016
Sponsored by the Stanford Biosciences Student Association
The NSF GRFP is a prestigious, nationally competitive fellowship and provides three years of support for beginning graduate study.
Helpful Resources: http://grfpessayinsights.missouri.edu
Ten simple rules to consider when writing a fellowship or career development award by Crystal Botham, director of the Grant Writing Academy, and Stanford Postdocs.
This symposium addressed both practical and conceptual aspects of the proposal writing process. Participants learned how to develop research strategies to tackle important scientific questions and gained tips for writing more effective proposals. Dynamic presenters shared insights about the grant writing and review process. Speakers included Russ Altman, Crystal Botham, John Boothroyd, Nobel Laureate Michael Levitt, Kristin Sainani, and a panel discussion of NIH Fellowship and K Award study section members moderated by Miriam Goodman.
Comments from previous participants:
"It was inspiring to be there"
"I walked away feeling like this was such a productive use of my time"
"Very motivating to go ahead and start writing"
Watch the videos! (SUNet ID required)
Videos relevant to most proposals (SUNet ID required)
NIH Fellowship Specific Videos (e.g. F31, F32) (SUNet ID required)
NIH K Award Specific Videos (e.g. K99/R00, K08, K23) (SUNet ID required)
Supports postdoctoral scholars / fellows conducting biomedical research and / or participating in career development activities that enhance fellowship or career development proposals. Additionally, the Grant Writing Academy's Grant Coaches provide feedback and advice to the awardees as they prepare their proposals.
We are excited to announce our 2016 Jump Start Awardees:
|Shiva Abbaszadeh, PhD||A new generation small animal PET system technology to drive future molecular imaging discoveries|
|Julia Co, PhD||Gastrointestinal organoids as a model for human-adapted bacterial pathogens|
|Laura Marie Davison, PhD||Harnessing Dendritic Cells for the Development of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Immunotherapies|
|Daniel DiRenzo, PhD||Efferocytosis Signaling Regulates Phenotypic Switching in Atherosclerosis|
|Eni Halilaj, PhD||Multivariate Pattern Analysis of Physical Activity and Osteoarthritis Progression|
|Jennifer Haruko Kong, PhD||Genetic and proteomic analysis of Hedgehog signaling in the developing central nervous system|
|Zhipeng Lu, PhD||Decoding the RNA structurome|
|Brooks Taylor, PhD||Predicting and controlling fat cell differentiation using dynamic signals|
|Adam White, PhD||Leveraging spectrally encoded beads to enable highly multiplexed profiling of proteolytic signatures from maternal blood|
Jump Start Advisory Committee:
Next Request for Applications: March 2017 ( here are the 2016 instructions)
For Postdoctoral Scholars/Fellows
The Grant Writing Academy in collaboration with the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs trains postdocs as Grant Coaches.
Our Coaches assist graduate students and postdocs in creating strong proposals, and lead peer and faculty review workshops.
We pay for coaching time. No experience necessary but we are looking for enthusiastic and committed individuals.
Application Deadline: Spring 2017
Sponsored by: Lagunita; also available on Youtube
This course teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, and issues in publication and peer review. In the first four weeks, we will review principles of effective writing, examples of good and bad writing, and tips for making the writing process easier. In the second four weeks, we will examine issues specific to scientific writing, including: authorship, peer review, the format of an original manuscript, and communicating science for lay audiences.
Required training for all pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellows who are submitting NIH NRSA F series applications.
Required training for all postdoctoral fellows and optional for Instructors and faculty who are submitting NIH K series applications.
A comprehensive list of postdoctoral funding opportunities that can be searched by deadline or research topic. Download list here.
Stanford policy requires that all applications for outside Pre-Doctoral & Postdoctoral Fellowships must be routed through your Institutional Representative at least 5 working days prior to the sponsor's deadline. Please see the Research Management Group's website for guidelines and proposal checklists.
A collection of grant and fellowship applications and resources. Learn More
Contact the director: Crystal Botham, PhD