Research Proposal Workshop

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Research Careers Often Depend on Grant Skills

Researchers who rely on external funding know their careers may rise or fall depending upon their ability to secure grants. With stakes this high, building knowledge and skills to compete only makes sense. This workshop covers the major aspects of developing competitive research proposals so you can get ahead of the curve.

Because of the highly customized nature of this training, it is only offered as a sponsored option. The workshop’s specifc content and duration are adjusted for best fit with the class needs and experience. The most common format is one to three days.

Who Should Take This Training

The Research Proposal Workshop is designed for researchers, university and college faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and doctoral students seeking funds to conduct research in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.It has been well-received at universities, health organizations, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). This training was developed in partnership with Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society.

"I got the grant! If I hadn't learned to focus my aims, my proposal could have been interpreted as a giant fishing expedition no one would fund. I am deliriously happy! Thanks for an excellent class!"
Michelle Block, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Virginia Commonwealth University, Dept. of Anatomy & Neurobiology
Richmond, Virginia

What You Learn

The Research Proposal Workshop helps participants design an approach for addressing required components in a logical way that will secure good scores during reviews.  Discuss the significance of your research for a specific field and for society, distill your research into an effective abstract, and clearly convey your skills as an investigator.

During this training learn the answers to these questions:

  • How can you use the abstract, title, and research aim sections to market crucial concepts?
  • What are major factors that affect success in a competitive process?
  • How can you strengthen each section of your proposal?
  • How do review processes work? How does understanding these processes increase your chances of funding?
  • What are the best ways to identify potential funding sources and to develop relations with grant makers?

How You Learn

The Research Proposal Workshop uses our Listen & Discuss, Do & Review® curriculum — the most effective approach for adult learners. Our training uses hands-on exercises so that you retain what you learn.

You leave the training with an effective abstract of your research, a network of colleagues to contact and six months of follow-up support from the Center via our Alumni Membership Program.


Bring This Workshop to Your Research Community!

This training is offered in partnership with research institutions and universities as a sponsored option. Let us know if you'd like to bring this training to your research group.

Contact Gail Brauner, Training Program Manager,, (213) 482-9860 x1 or Cathleen Kiritiz, President & CEO,, (310) 720-9860

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