Faculty NIH Proposal Writing Course

The Office of Research Strategy and Development (ORSD) holds the Faculty NIH Proposal Writing Course twice annually during the fall and spring semesters.

Course Description:
The Faculty NIH Proposal Writing Course is an intensive 5-session series designed to assist primary faculty who are actively developing NIH proposals for upcoming grant cycles. The course is targeted to faculty with a range of grant-writing experience and will focus on developing specific components of the proposal: Specific Aims, Significance, Innovation, Approach, Title and Abstract. The ultimate goal of the course is to help you build on feedback from peers and workshop instructors.

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

To be eligible for the course, participants must also 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) prior to the first session. 

How to Apply:
If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in participating in the next Faculty Grant-Writing Short Course, please email hconrad@hsph.harvard.edu to add your name to the wait list.

Please provide the following information in your email:

1) Name, Title and Department

2) Whether you are preparing an NIH resubmission or a new submission.  If you are developing a proposal for resubmission, please send 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:
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 the writing assignments required between each session.

See the course schedule for required assignments and deadlines.

If you have any questions about this course or would like more information, please contact Heather Conrad at hconrad@hsph.harvard.edu



“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