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The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook is an amazing resource. I wish I had the book when I joined the faculty. It should be given to all faculty for whom NIH grants are more or less an expectation and new faculty to read it cover-to-cover before their clinical practices get busy, then re-read it as ideas are developed for grant proposals.”

– Associate Professor of Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine

“I used your Workbook to develop my successfully funded NIH proposal – I could not have done it without this resource. Also please thank the writers for their updated version. It has already been quite helpful.”

– Associate Professor, Health & Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma

“The Workbook is very helpful.”

– Assistant Professor, Civil & Construction Engineering, Kennesaw State University

“Excellent. I have had several successful grants, yet it is helpful to get this “reset” on the ways to make my grant proposals better. I will be using the Workbook in writing my next application and share this information with my trainees.”

– Associate Professor, Biochemistry, University of Iowa

“Very nice job. I used these materials to help get my firs tR15 funded. It is a successful writing strategy.”

– Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, Midwestern University 

“This seminar provides great tips for grant application proposals, also good materials to use while preparing a proposal (workbook).”

– Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati 

“Really good material. Very practical and applied advice. Will reference materials often for my next grant submission.”

– Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, University of Georgia

“I am writing to thank you for the excellent NIH grant application workbook which I used as a guide while preparing my first R01 application. It is easy to follow, and the suggestions are fantastic. While my grant was ‘not discussed’ on its first submission, I used Chapter 5 as a guide for my re-application. It received an impact score of 25 and was in the 11th percentile. The NIAID payline for ESI is 14th percentile, so it will be funded. The reviewers commented on the organization of my grant, which was based on your recommendations.

What a wonderful book you have written to change the lives of many. Thank you.”

 Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

“I just got an ‘unoffficial’ notice of acceptance of [my] R24 (I am the PI). I used your Workbook like a bible, putting together a pretty complicated collaborative endeavor in a way that I feel turned out quite clear and easy to understand.”

 Research Assistant Professor, West Virginia University

“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

“Excellent job. Thank you very much. I started using ‘The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook’ about three years ago. It helped me align my thoughts and clarify my ideas. I’m happy to announce that I received my first NIH award this past spring.”

 Associate Professor, Midwestern University

“I purchased a copy of ‘The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook’ and used it to write my first R01 grant. Friday, I found out that I was in the 10th percentile. Your workbook was outstanding and helped out so much. Thank you very much!”

 Assistant Professor, Florida State University

“I have received the review of my grant application, which was written using your Workbook – a very important factor. I think that your approach and Workbook helped a lot and I will recommend them to everyone. I also want to tell you that I just got another application funded that I wrote according to your instructions. Thank you.”

 Assistant Professor, Wayne State University

“I am happy to report that I got my first NIH grant!!! I took the Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops [program] a few years back in Virginia Beach. I am now a postdoc at the University of Colorado and yesterday was awarded an NIDDK F32 grant to examine how maternal obesity impacts the development of the infant microbiome and infant adiposity during the first year of life. The workshop and [The Grant Application] Writer’s Workbook were invaluable in writing the grant proposal and going through the grant process! Thanks to [the presenter] and to the GWSW team!”

 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Colorado

“I attended a grant workshop [of yours] at WSU last year. I wanted to say thank you for all the work and advice in the workshop. I have received many comments about how my grant writing has improved since attending the workshop. Also, following the guidelines of the Workbook has allowed me to better understand (and “sell”) the significance of my own work. I’ll be submitting my first NIH grant proposal this summer, and thanks to your workshop, I feel knowledgeable and informed about the whole process. Thanks for all the materials, and thanks for all you do!”

 Assistant Professor, Washington State University

“I have the pleasure of sending you an email and letting you know that all your hard work paid off… I have made it!!!  I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. If it wasn’t for you and your excellent workshop, I would still be struggling not knowing how to submit a successful grant application. I am sure while you are reading this, you are already making positive changes in many Assistant Professor’s lives. My only suggestion to those who are beginning your program is to follow the guidelines in the Workbook, listen to you very carefully and learn from the feedback you provide. I will never forget you for what you have done for me. Thank you for touching the lives of many.”

 Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University

“I want to tell you how great this grant-writing experience has been! Although I haven’t yet gotten your feedback, the process has been very illuminating for me. I am a detail-oriented person and putting together all the pieces of a grant was actually very enjoyable for me once I had the guidance of your Workbook to walk me through the steps. It a much easier process when there is a clear understanding of what information is to be communicated in each piece. Your recommendation of setting a writing schedule is a wonderful one that allows for balance between writing and all the other commitments in life. Great recommendations, great Workbook! Thanks to you and your colleagues.”

 Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

“Just wanted to drop you a note. I attended your grant writing seminar last fall as a first year faculty member in the entomology department at Purdue University. I had never written a major grant in my life. Although I was unable to attend your workshop in the winter / spring, I nevertheless submitted my USDA-AFRI grant proposal later that summer and followed page-by-page the suggested structure proposal in ‘The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook’. Despite having a mere 7% funding rate this year on account of drastic cuts at USDA, my grant was selected! Below are quotes from the two primary reviewers, in my feedback:

‘Finally, the PD should be commended on how well this grant was written in terms of scientific content, structure and clarity.’

‘This is a beautifully written grant proposal; one of yery best I’ve seen in terms of organization, writing style, clarity, description and justification of methods, and argument for the value and importance of the research. It’s a really strong piece of grantsmanship and the PDs are excellent scientists with established, exciting research programs who will be sure to publish the resulting studies in top-notch journals.’

Anyway, even though we never actually met while you were at Purdue, I wanted to say thanks for the help. I’m now a full-fledged believer in your approach!!!”

 Assistant Professor, Purdue University

“I wanted to let you know that I recently received an award based on a proposal I wrote: five years, $1.1M. In writing my proposal I referred often to my notes from your class and used the Workbook. Good stuff. Thank you!”

 Assistant Professor, Plant Pathology