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260.625.01 Scientific Grant Writing

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
3rd term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Marie Hardwick
Course Instructor:

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.