NIH Grant Proposal-Writing Program

NIH Grant Proposal-Writing Program –  Sept. 2016 to May 2017

Consultant:  Dr. John D. Robertson, Associate Member
Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops


Application Due: Oct. 5, 2016
Pre-proposals Due: Nov. 10, 2016

This six-month program will help principal investigators develop a full, competitive proposal ready for submission to the National Institutes of Health in 2017.

  • Participants must have attended the seminar, Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals on Sept. 22, 2016.
  • The Division of Research shares program cost with participant's department and college/school.
  • Participation limited to 30 PI-eligible investigators.
  • There is a required on-site group meeting on the morning of Jan. 25, 2017. Program participants will meet individually with the consultant following the group meeting.
  • Proposals will target June 2017, or subsequent, submission deadlines.
  • Research Development Services is available to assist investigators with subsequent resubmission applications if needed. 


Who will conduct the Grant Proposal-Writing Program?

Dr. John Robertson of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops (GWSW), who presents the Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals seminar, will conduct the proposal-writing program.

Who is eligible to participate in the program?

To be a participant, you must be PI-eligible and have attended the Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals seminar on Sept. 22, 2016.

What’s the process to get into the grant proposal-writing program?

Individuals will prepare an application along with their NIH biosketch and submit both to Research Development Services. The application provides basic information; serves as a “Letter of Intent” to the local program organizers; and documents your department’s and college’s endorsement of your participation and willingness to invest in this professional development opportunity. Subsequently, each applicant will submit a 2-3 page pre-proposal to GWSW.

If my department funds the entire registration cost, does the college dean still need to sign the application?

Yes, the application must be endorsed by the college research dean even though the college is providing none of the fee. The college dean should indicate $-0- in the funding amount.

If my department and college approve my application, am I automatically enrolled in the program?

No, the application is only the first step. Approved applicants will be asked to submit a pre-proposal directly to GWSW. Participants will be selected following the review of those pre-proposals. The limit on the number of participants is 30.

What are the components of the pre-proposal?

After receipt of your application, Dr. John Robertson will send detailed instructions for how to prepare your pre-proposal based on the grant mechanism you have chosen. It will consist of your Specific Aims and the Significance subsection of the Research Strategy. Samples will be provided.

Who will review applications?

The application serves as a “Letter of Intent” to the local program organizers and documents your department’s and college’s endorsement of your participation in this professional development opportunity. Selection of participants will be based on the pre-proposal.

Who will review pre-proposals and what are the selection criteria?

Dr. Robertson will be the primary reviewer of pre-proposals, with the Division of Research providing secondary review and consultation as necessary. Pre-proposals will be assessed for quality and feasibility of the proposed project and on the biosketch information.

Will the Jan. 25, 2017, workshop require an overnight stay for out-of-town participants?

Every effort will be made to schedule the one-on-one meeting for out-of-town faculty participants on the same day as the group workshop (Jan 25, 2017). Travel costs for this meeting are the responsibility of the participants.


For additional information, contact:

  • John Ivy, Ph.D., Senior Research Development Officer (, 979.458.4280)
  • Christina Papke, Ph.D., Research Development Officer (, 979.458.1861)      
  •  Shannon Prescott, Senior Administrative Coordinator (, 979.845.3327)