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260.625.01 SCIENTIFIC GRANT WRITING

Department:
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Term:
3rd term
Credits:
2 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
Location:
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Pass/Fail
Contact:
Marie Hardwick
Course Instructor:
  • J.-Marie Hardwick

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Description:

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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify essential components of hypothesis-driven research plans
  2. Construct a compelling proposal that reviewers can appreciate
  3. Gain grantsmanship skills by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of other proposals
  4. 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.
Instructor Consent:
No consent required
Special Comments:
Recommended for, but not restricted to PhD students in laboratory sciences.