Seminar Feedback

“If an assistant professor only has time to attend one grant proposal writing seminar before tenure, this is THE one to go to. I learned so much from the seminar and the workbook! They helped me to not only win my first major NIH grant on the first shot but also establish the right perspective whenever I write any grant proposal now or in the future. Thank you very much!”

– Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology, Iowa State University

“Excellent! I am a seasoned independent investigator and I have been doing NIH funded research since 2004 and there was a lot of great information that will be helpful for future submissions.”

– Professor, Henry Ford Health System

“This was an excellent seminar! The details provided on how to write each section were helpful. The descriptions are also useful in how to effectively convey scientific information beyond grant applications.”

– Ph.D. Student, College of Computing & Digital Media, DePaul University

“This workshop was extremely well done. The flow was logical and the examples were helpful. This is a great resource.”

– Clinical Professor, College of Medicine, University of Houston

“A whole day presentation felt like it went by in 30 minutes. I have been in academia for 15 years now and today is the day I acquired the most information about grants!”

– Assistant Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of Iowa

“Great program with lots of actionable information – many of faculty and postdocs would benefit from this session.”

– Director, OVPR, Iowa State University

“The speaker was energetic and motivational, and the material clearly defined NIH expectations and components of a successful grant strategy. Percentage of contributions to each component were very informative.”

– Assistant Professor, Biology, University of Alaska INBRE

“I had been discouraged and intimidated about writing winning grant applications. This seminar has totally transformed my thinking and my enthusiasm. I am so excited to go back to put these strategies in place. I wish I’d had this earlier in my career.”

– Associate Professor, Dept. of Computer Science,
Clark Atlanta University

“I wish I would have had this kind of seminar 10 years ago. I’ve been to several “how to write a grant” type seminars. This was the best of them, by far. Excellent.”

– Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

“This was 100% well-spent time. Unprecedented! Thank you much for an extremely valuable seminar.”

– Assistant Professor, Linguistics, Brooklyn College

“Very nice job. I used these materials to help get my first R15 funded. It is a successful writing strategy.”

– Professor, College of Pharmacy, Midwestern University

“This was the best grant proposal writing workshop that I have ever attended and I’ve attended many in my life. Thank you!”

– Associate Professor, Botany, University of Wyoming

“I have been to so many grant writing courses. This blew them out fo the water. Thank you!”

– Associate Professor, OB/GYN, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

“This seminar was extremely useful to a novice in scientific research and for those planning to submit a grant for research funding. The speaker was approachable and gave unique insight into the grant application process. I strongly recommend this speaker return to give future seminars to RU investigators.”

– Clinical Scholar, Breslow Laboratory, The Rockefeller University 

“This was an outstanding seminar. I’ve never submitted a proposal but have several ideas. This has been very helpful in making the process less intimidating, which frankly has been a significant road block for me. You also made a potentially boring topic very engaging and fun. Thank you!”

– Clinical Assistant Professor, Biomedical Science & Pathology, Virginia Tech

“I had used the Workbook (an earlier version) in writing a proposal (that was funded) but now having had the seminar, too, I much better understand how to use the method and the book. Very powerful workshop!”

– Associate Professor, Genetics & Biochemistry, Clemson University

“Even currently having an R01, this was very helpful with lots of suggestions I’ll use for my renewal. I also think this was a terrific seminar for my students who attended. The amount of detail and the scope were perfect.”

– Associate Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology, SUNY Upstate Medical University

“I thoroughly enjoyed the seminar. The information I learned will definitely enhance my chances of receiving federal funding. In particular, I gained insightful and thoughtful information on how to craft the research design. Thanks a million!!!”

– Professor, Teacher Education, Michigan State University

“Many participants expressed their appreciation of the course and revived enthusiasm for writing their own grant proposals. I know the Grant Writers’ methodology has made a big impression on many of our faculty, so thank you for bringing it to another eager audience this year.”

– Vice Dean for Research, Professor of Medicine, Duke University

“Excellent course! I’m grateful for all the good advice and the outstanding presentation.”

– MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Roswell Park Cancer Institute

“The content of this training was so helpful – but I think what made it most valuable was the manner in which it was presented. The manual they provided us is going to be what I use when putting together my first grant – literally page by page. It is so useful to me to have such a linear presentation of grant writing. It even explicates things down to the smallest detail! It really takes the mystery out of grant writing, and makes it seems so much more feasible. I am not as fearful of grants, and don’t feel the tendency to procrastinate anymore, because I don’t feel like I am moving blindly through the process. This gives me a guide, which renders me more confident in the process, thereby allowing me to have more time and energy to make sound decisions about the actual content of my proposal, rather than worry about the way in which I am presenting it.”

-Duke University

“This was extremely helpful. This is my second time attending this course (I got my first grant five years ago using this approach). Highly recommended!”

– Associate Professor, Radiology, University of Cincinnati

“Excellent!  So helpful. Probably the most helpful eight hours I’ve spent in two years!  So glad I did this.  So many important points and pitfalls that I fell into and now know not to.”

– Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco
(while attending the ABPD Conference in Kansas City
Assoc. of Bioethics Program Directors)

“Very helpful! As an individual who has never submitted a grant, I feel I now have a full understanding of the requirements on resources available to me. I’m leaving this presentation feeling more confident in grant proposal writing and although it will be a challenge, the presenter was inspiring and made it seem doable (with the right resources/research).”

– Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, Stony Brook University

“I very much enjoyed the presentation; it was informative and extremely helpful. The presenter was quite engaging and responsive to our questions and comments. The slide presentation was comprehensive and answered many of the questions I had about the grant proposal writing process.”

– Associate Professor, Classical and Modern Languages,  Wayne State University

“Excellent presentation. Comprehensive and focused on practical application.”

– Assistant  Professor, Psychiatry, University of Michigan

“This seminar is spectacular. It provides clear, step-by-step instructions for writing an appealing, intelligent, competitive grant proposal. This approach takes the mystique and guesswork out of grant proposal writing, making it much less intimidating. Thank you.”

– Ph.D., Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University

“I came having been around funded research for 20 years. But I came with my two Ph.D. students… I wish I would have gone through this 20 years ago. All of our faculty need this seminar.”

– Associate Professor, Communication Science & Disorders, Michigan State University

Very good in presenting the actual practicalities of drafting a proposal.

– Assistant Professor, CEP, Indiana University

“The presenter was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about the topics presented. The seminar and reference materials will become a critical part of my proposal development process.”

– Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Oklahoma State University

“Fantastic, informative, engaging. Appreciate the newest updates to NSF/NIH requirements.”

– Assistant Professor, Health Sciences, Cleveland State University

“Excellent! Very articulate. Understands the research process. Excellent suggestions for grant writing.”

– Associate Professor, School of Ed Foundations, Leadership & Aviation, Oklahoma State University

“I am an experienced and successful grant writer and I still learned a great deal that will improve the funding proposal I am currently completing. Thank you.”

– Professor, Iowa State University

“Wow, I finally got a very constructive and logical explanation of what the specific aims sections should contain.”

– Professor, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

“This was very informative and answered many questions that were of concern to me. Thank you.”

– Graduate Student/Research Asst., Health & Nutrition Science, Brooklyn College

“I come to this yearly. I firmly believe the structure helped me obtain my first NIH R01. Thank you for helping me stay focused on my writing.”

– Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, Wayne State University School of Medicine

“This seminar was fabulous – I suspect that IUB will get an actual, measurable increase in money coming in over the next several years as a direct result of the advice and insight we all gained because of this.”

– Assistant Professor, Linguistics, University of Indiana  Bloomington

“This is a very useful seminar; highly informative. It made me realize that my current proposals have more flaws than I had anticipated. It also made me aware of poor habits in proposal writing that I had never thought about. It provided me with resources I can use and apply for the rest of my career.”

– Doctoral Student, Sociology, Texas A&M University

“Without a doubt, one of (if not THE) very best workshops of any type I have ever attended!”

– Assistant Professor, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University

“This is my third time to take this course. My scores improved significantly after taking it. I have received a D43, three R01 awards, two R21 awards, and one R25. Just received a twenty-million dollar consortium grant from DoD. Each time I take the course I get more clear and simple in my writing. At my second course and this, my third course, I brought my research forms. You do an excellent job.”

– Associate Professor, Oregon Health and Science University