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Grant Writing and Fellowships



Grant Writing Courses

Communicative Disorders 900 This seminar will focus on issues related to grant preparation and professional development, with special emphasis on challenges faced by new investigators in establishing their initial research program. This seminar is intended to help you develop your scientific focus and plan a series of studies spanning three to five years. The primary focus will be on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) but other funding options can be explored, such as National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Education (DOE), private foundations, and university or local sources. We will consider NIH funding programs aimed at new investigators, including Dissertation support awards (F31), Individual Post Doctoral awards (F32), and the Small Grant program (R03) awards. Additionally, Clinical Investigator Awards (K series), Individual Research Grants (R01), Program Project grants (P01), and Center Grants (P30 and P50) will be briefly reviewed.  An overview will be provided of the structure of the NIH, components of grant applications and administration (including budgets), scientific review process, and revision process. Other topics that will covered include interviewing, setting up a lab, securing initial funding for preliminary data, recruiting research participants, and conducting ethical research. This seminar will take advantage of the rich research environment at UW-Madison by having a number of visiting colleagues speak throughout the semester. These individuals will share their experiences in how to prepare successful grant proposals, offer insights into the review process, and provide valuable information about preparing budgets, electronic submissions, and securing IRB approval of your research protocols.

Social Work 950 This seminar will provide a broad overview on the grant writing process. The topics covered in the seminar will include the fundamentals of good grant proposal writing, grant resources to support doctoral research, the general preparation of a grant application (i.e., specific aims, research design, analysis, development of a training plan, budgets, the grant peer review process, and how to analyze reviews and strategies for rebuttal and re-application).  The course will provide an overview about the various available governmental and foundation funding mechanisms to support doctoral dissertation research in the social science (i.e. information about NIH dissertation awards and individual predoctoral training grants, Hartford foundation dissertation awards etc). In addition, we will address strategies for handling major methodological issues for successful grant applications (e.g., power analysis, strategies for handling of missing data). Students will be required to prepare an NIH or foundation dissertation grant application. Though the course will focus on writing grants to seek external funding for dissertation research, the seminar will cover the basic steps in developing a dissertation research proposal.


NRSA Fellowship


NSF Fellowship


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