2017 Write Winning Grant Proposals, CCaTS Annual Workshop

November 10, 2017

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) Education Resources is offering a one-day seminar titled "Write Winning Grant Proposals," which will be held at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and available via videoconference at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona and Florida.

This widely acclaimed seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. 

The seminar has been designed specifically to emphasize issues that are directly relevant to applications submitted to the NIH, which is the funding agency of most interest to the attendees. Emphasis is given to such topics as idea development, determination of the funding priorities of the funding agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers.

Participants are taught to think about and then write the proposal using a linear progression of logic that leads reviewers through their applications. It is stressed that applicants are writing for two different audiences — the assigned reviewers, who read the application in its entirety, and non-assigned reviewers, who may read little or none of the proposal before the meeting of the study section. Strategies designed to help the applicant to merit a fundable priority score are provided.


At the workshop, you will receive a printed copy of the presentation notes and a copy of “The Grant Application Writer's Workbook,” allowing you to apply the information gained through an interactive, computer-based approach. 


  • Workshop registration fee = $275 (through October 26 , 2017)
    • Current CCaTS Scholars, please contact your appropriate Education Specialist to obtain a code. 
  • Late workshop registration fee = $300 (October 27 - November 10, 2017) Availability of presentation notes and workbook is not guaranteed on workshop date with late registration.


  • Rochester, Minnesota - Siebens Building, Leighton Auditorium (2nd floor)
  • Jacksonville, Florida - Vincent Stabile North Building 01-150N (broadcasted)
  • Scottsdale, Arizona - Collaborative Research Building 01-101 (broadcasted)

Note: this workshop is not recorded.

Target Audience

Designed for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers and administrative staff who have had some exposure to writing grant applications, either through training / mentoring or personal experience.

Learning Objectives

After completing this workshop, you will be able to:

1. Identify general proposal writing principles
2. Describe the NIH organization and structure
3. Discuss the NIH grant review process
4. Discuss the development of a NIH grant application

Additional Information

2017 Agenda 121.45 KB
Course summary
Event starts: 
11/10/2017 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
11/10/2017 - 4:30pm

The presenter will be John D. Robertson, PhD, Associate Member of the Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops. Dr. Robertson received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in pharmacology and toxicology in 1999. From 1999-2003, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He was subsequently hired in 2004 by the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS, where he was a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Therapeutics for seven years, and an associate member of the University of Kansas Cancer Center for six years. In 2010, he was recruited to teach grantsmanship by Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops.

Dr. Robertson has been the recipient of competitive extramural funding from both the NIH and non-federal sources. He has authored 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters. He has been a member of grant review panels, a reviewer for a number of biomedical journals, and served on editorial boards. In addition, he has been routinely recognized for excellence in teaching.

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