Grant Writing Short Course and Research Development Workshops

Grant Writing Short Courses & Workshops

Fall 2015 – Grant-Writing Course Calendar

The short course is co-led by Francesca Dominici, Senior Associate Dean for Research and NIH-funded scientist, and Donald Halstead, Instructor and Director of Writing Programs in the Office of Educational Programs, 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, and innovation and abstract).

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

If you are HSPH faculty and are interested in participating in a Grant-Writing Short Course, please email

Please provide the following information in your email:

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

*Please note that participants will be asked to submit either their grant and summary statement (if preparing an application for resubmission) or a draft specific aims document (if preparing a new grant proposal) prior to the first session.

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

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.



“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