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Scientific Grant Writing

East Baltimore
2nd term
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor :
Marie Hardwick

Covers strategies for constructing a compelling 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 NIH-style 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 proposal intended to convince reviewers
  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,constructive critiques of other proposals and class participation

Enrollment Restriction:

Must be masters level or higher to enroll

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Recommended for, but not restricted to PhD students in laboratory sciences.