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Term: 3rd term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Marie Hardwick
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:
  • J.-Marie Hardwick

Covers the critical components of a scientific grant application, common errors in grantsmanship and how to avoid them, grant application review criteria, ethics related to grant writing and reviewing, and identification of funding sources. Students prepare a short (6-page) proposal and a revision of this same proposal following review. Proposal topics are selected by the student and developed with the instructor. Students also prepare critiques of classmates’ anonymous, instructor-edited proposals for discussion in class.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
identify essential components of hypothesis-driven research plans,
construct a compelling proposal that reviewers can appreciate,
gain grantsmanship skills by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of other proposals,
experience the strengths and caveats of a peer-review system

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on completion of a well-developed proposal and constructive critiques of other’s proposals.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday 3:30 - 4:50
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Recommended for, but not restricted to PhD students in laboratory sciences.