Grant Writing Short Course and Research Development Workshops

Grant Writing Short Courses and Workshops

Registration Open
Faculty Grant Writing Short Course: Winter 2016

Winter 2016 – Short Course Calendar

Course Description:
The short course is co-led by: Francesca Dominici, Senior Associate Dean for Research who is an NIH-funded scientist with extensive grant-writing experience; and Donald Halstead, Instructor and Director of Writing Programs in the Office of Education who has extensive experience providing training and education in effective public health writing. The course is targeted to faculty with a range of grant-writing experience and will focus on areas of the NIH proposal that are particularly challenging (i.e., specific aims, significance, innovation and abstract).

Course Eligibility:
Please note that because space is limited and the peer review format is designed specifically for a small cohort, registration is limited to  faculty who have their research operation based at the Harvard Chan School; preference will be given to Harvard Chan Assistant and Associate Professors.

To be eligible for the course, participants must submit a draft of their Specific Aims (if preparing a new grant proposal) or their grant and summary statement (if preparing an application for resubmission) by Thursday, January 7, 2016.

How to Apply:
If you are Harvard Chan faculty and are interested in participating in the Grant-Writing Short Course, please email immediately and provide the following information: 
1) Name, Title, Department
2) Whether you are preparing an NIH resubmission or a new submission.  If you are developing a proposal for resubmission, please send ORSD your original proposal with the NIH review sheet (if available).
3) Grant mechanism (e.g. R21, R01, etc.)
4) Target NIH application date

Required Coursework:
*Pre-Requisite: Participants preparing an application for resubmission must submit their grant and summary statement and those preparing a new grant proposal must submit a draft of their specific aims by Thursday, January 7, 2016.

In addition, there will be a writing assignment with a mandatory deadline to be completed between each session of the course.  See the course schedule for an overview of the required assignments and deadlines.

Please note that because each session of this short course builds progressively on the previous sessions and incorporates a strong emphasis on peer review, we ask that faculty participants commit to attending each of the sessions and completing all writing assignments between sessions. If you are interested in participating in the course, but believe you may have a scheduling conflict with one or more of these dates, please let us know in your registration email so that we can plan accordingly.

If you have any questions about this course or would like more information, please contact Leigh Melanson, at


“I participated in the ORSD Faculty Grant Writing Short Course in the Fall of 2012 and I’m very happy to say that the grant I wrote during the course was funded on the first submission. I have no doubt that the course was instrumental in the success of the RO1 application. The process of writing, getting detailed feedback and insight from the instructors and fellow faculty participants and then editing is incredibly useful and helpful, as is playing the role of “reviewer” when providing feedback to your peers. The course should serve as a model for all grant writing and I highly encourage everyone to take it.”

Sebastien Haneuse, BIO Associate Professor