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“I am one of your success stories. Your consultant has presented grant proposal writing seminars to my institution several times. Following attendance at my first seminar with GWSW in 2017, I immediately wrote an R21 and it got funded on the first attempt. I continued to attend the yearly seminars and used the methods that were taught. Eventually after a lot of work, I got funded on an R01. Additionally, I’ve been reviewing NIH grants for over a year now and I can really attest to how well your strategies work to address the most important reviewer concerns and the common missteps that occur in grant writing. Thanks for your work and I will continue to attend your seminars at my institution (and drag my colleagues if they don’t come willingly).”

– Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University

“The use of real examples was especially effective and helped place the teaching points in context. The organization of the course was well executed and topics flowed logically and seamlessly into the next. The order of writing each of the components was valuable, as I have told my fellows/postdocs to use similar strategies. I chaired the NIDA K study section for ten years and have been involved with many other study sections and all of the speaker’s comments about the peer review process were spot on. Many thanks again for the incredibly valuable information, engaging teaching style and insights.”  [Presented virtually due to pandemic.]

– Professor, Psychiatry, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

“Most helpful and informative session on faculty development topics I’ve ever attended. The presenter was beyond fantastic – clear, easy to follow, and provided tips that are immediately applicable.”  [Presented virtually due to pandemic.]

– Assistant Professor, Public Communications, Syracuse University

“Great presentation. It was refreshing to hear from a scholar in the field of research who can help others maximize the potential to obtain a competitive grant.”  [Presented virtually due to pandemic.]

– Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, Florida A&M University

“This seminar should be required for all junior faculty. The points the speaker made are relevant for writing good papers as well as for writing grant proposals.”  [Presented virtually due to pandemic.]

– Professor, Physics, Washington University in St. Louis

“This course should be a mandatory part of orientation for new faculty who have even the slightest interest in research! I think this would be particularly valuable for clinical faculty as it offers a great overview of the process and sets a strong foundation and realistic expectations. Exceptional speaker who kept me interested and engaged despite being presented virtually (due to the pandemic).”

– Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, University of Utah School of Medicine

“The seminar was excellent. I like the fact that the presenter always showed real examples and addressed all sections of proposal development.”  [Presented virtually due to pandemic.]

– Assistant Professor, IT, Kennesaw State University

“Great information presented logically with appropriate resources to deep- dive into specifics when needed.”  [Presented virtually due to pandemic.]

– Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota

“This was an eye-opener on some basic writing skills that I’ve overlooked. It was helpful to alleviate broad misconceptions that I had regarding grant proposal writing.”  [Presented virtually due to pandemic.]

– Assistant Research Professor, Mississippi State University

“This F30, F31, and F32 program should be a part of our curriculum and be a regular activity for all of us students. The practice of writing successful grants begins at the very start of graduate school, not at the middle or at the end. A very powerful, inspiring and motivational program!”  [Presented virtually due to pandemic.]

– Doctoral Student, University of Arizona Cancer Center

“This is the third time that I have taken this class in the last ten years. Every time I’ve taken it, I’ve come out with a fresh perspective. I’m happy to say that I used this template for an NSF grant that was successfully funded in 2018. I’m feeling quite confident that I can now write an NIH R01 grant proposal.”  [Presented virtually due to pandemic.]

– Assistant Professor, University of Idaho

“This was an awesome seminar. It opened my eyes to several things that I’ve overlooked and gave me new insight on how to revise my applications. Thank you!”  [Presented virtually due to pandemic.]

– Associate Professor, VBDI, University of Georgia

“I have participated in a number of NSF CAREER award workshops. I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of new information and takeaways from this seminar. More details and information about the educational components, tips for including prelim work from unpublished research, and strategies for interaction with program managers are examples. Effective even given that it was presented via Zoom.”  [Presented virtually due to pandemic.]

– Assistant Professor, CISE, University of Florida

“Great content from a fabulous, invested speaker. I learned a lot about this new funding agency for me (NIH), but also gained some great tips for all agencies, even after writing proposals for 20 years. The presenter’s energetic approach was compelling to buoy us through a full day on Zoom. Kudos to the presenter and the organizers!” [Presented virtually due to pandemic.]

– Research Professor, INE/CEM, University of Alaska Fairbanks

“Helpful tips and examples. Handout and workbook will be a “bible” when writing a grant, and helpful for student proposals.”

– Professor, Dept. of Nursing, Duquesne University

“Very detailed. Effective despite being presented over Zoom. Presenter was very knowledgeable. The quality was not compromised by the virtual format.”  [Presented virtually due to pandemic.]

– Associate Professor, CISE, University of Florida

“Fantastic course. A must for all research faculty.”

– Professor, Dept. of Surgery, Brigham & Women’s Hospital

“Excellent high-yield seminar. Good amount of specific detail; level-appropriate.”

– Assistant Professor, Dept. of Surgery, Stanford University

“Extremely useful, especially the step-by-step instructions and examples.”

– Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Mgmt & Policy, University of Michigan

“This was one of the best, most comprehensive grant writing courses I’ve ever taken. The presenter was 100% approachable in teaching style and was a great facilitator, organized, on time, and made the material very relatable. I found the step-by-step walk-through of the Aims page very illustrative and helpful.”

– Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Univ of Pennsylvania

“I am a senior scientist who has had success with NSF funding. Not only did I learn new tips, but also much of what was said has been my experience with NSF as a PI, Co-PI and panel member. I would highly recommend this program for all new faculty.”

– Professor, Environmental & Plant Biology, Ohio University

“This was an EXCELLENT seminar. Grant writing seemed nebulous and intimidating. I feel motivated and excited to attempt to write a grant proposal now and know where to go and what resources to turn to.”

– Fellow, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

“Great presentation. Helpful and very informative even for experienced researchers. This should be repeated, and all faculty should definitely attend.”

– Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, Mississippi Sate University

“This seminar was extremely helpful, especially in providing real examples, tips and strategies for submitting strong proposals. Also helped clarify the review process and generally how to navigate NIH grants.”

– Assistant Professor, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

“I attended this seminar the first time five years ago. It helped me generate a USDA-SBIR grant proposal. First submission failed but upon revising and keenly following the comments, the grant was successful. Thank you for supporting this training.”

– Associate Professor, Poultry Science, University of Arkansas

“Three things that were outstanding today: 1) the availability of the websites and resources; 2) The applicability of this process, not just to grant writing to to research projects that we will revise in our nursing institute for EBP; 3) How to be direct, focused and succinct in writing for grants.”

– Med Surg Specialist, Institute for EBP Nursing, Hackensack Meridian Health

“Every new faculty member should have to take this seminar! After more than ten years here, I didn’t know of many of these strategies.”

– Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of California Irvine

“This works! I got my NIH R21 using what I learned here in 2017. I am using this approach in my NIH R01 application. This seminar is better than the training I got at other universities.”

– Marshall University

“I attended the full-day seminar two years ago to prepare to write my dissertation 25K grant. I got the grant because of this seminar!”

– Graduate Student, Child, Youth & Family Studies, University of Nebraska Lincoln

“The consultant repeatedly delivers exception seminars on developing excellent grantsmanship skills. The depth of knowledge and teaching skills are truly superb! I have not attended seminars of such high quality. The workbook is also exceptional.”

– Scientific Writer, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

“This was a phenomenally useful presentation. I have no doubt my grantsmanship skills are improved after attending this seminar.”

– Clinical Assistant Professor, Hematology – Oncology, University of Michigan

“As an experienced grant writer, the seminar was informative and helped formulate many current practices but also illuminated some new strategies. I look forward to incorporating these practices into my upcoming grant proposals.”

– Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, University of Arkansas

“This was a fantastic seminar. I wish I could have attended this as a post-doc before starting my faculty position. I feel I have a very clear understanding about how to prepare a successful proposal and am excited about doing so.”

– Assistant Professor, Horticulture, Michigan State University

“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

“I really enjoyed the seminar. In addition to the general “read the directions” rule, the presenter provided information and tips to success that are not as readily available.”

– Assistant Researcher, Tropical Plant & Soil Sci., University of Hawaii at Manoa

“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

“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 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 of 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

“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

“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

“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 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 to this seminar having been around funded research for 20 years. But I brought 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