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Grant Writing for the Social and Behavioral Sciences

East Baltimore
4th term
Mental Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructors:
Brion Maher

340.751-753 and 140.621-624; or consent of instructor


Targets the development of effective research proposals in public mental health, including the identification of research questions, factors related to significance and innovation, study design, and analytic approaches. Reviews of research proposals and articles address issues such as topic selection, sample selection, measurement , and analytic strategies. Reviews strengths and weakness of proposals and studies and considers recent advances in epidemiologic and statistical methods as alternative approaches for addressing research questions.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify the review criteria used by NIH, other federal agencies, and other potential funders.
  2. Prepare a grant proposal that meets review criteria established by funders
  3. Critique grant proposals in terms of strengths and weaknesses
  4. Create biosketches in support of grant proposals
  5. Determine who to identify the assets that should be highlighted in grant proposals
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on class participation (30%), critiques of proposals reviewed in class (30%), and submission of a grant proposal (40%)

Enrollment Restriction:

No undergraduates

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for students who have not taken all of the prerequisites

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This course is limited to doctoral students who have completed basic course sequences in epidemiology and biostatistics and first year Department of Mental Health course sequence or those who have received permission of the instructor.