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Write Winning Grant Proposals

May 23, 2022 @ 9:30 am - May 25, 2022 @ 12:30 pm

Alaska INBRE is offering a free, online grant writing webinar to up to 10 registrants per RAIN state (Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming).

This webinar will be conducted by John Robertson and will emphasize both NIH and NSF applications.


Registration is due before noon on May 9. Register HERE.


Write Winning Grant Proposals: Core, NIH, NSF

A Virtual Seminar in Three Parts


Part 1-CORE: Mon., May 23, 2022  9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time 

Part 2-NIH: Tues., May 24, 2022   9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time

Part 3-NSF: Wed., May 25, 2022  9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time


Presented by John D. Robertson, Ph.D. 

Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops

This widely acclaimed seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects of writing competitive grant proposals.  Emphasis is given to such things as idea development, understanding the role (and mindset) of your reviewers, and strategies and tips for each major section of a grant proposal.  Participants are taught to write with a linear progression of logic, which leads reviewers through an application. Strategies designed to merit a fundable score are emphasized.

This seminar will focus on proposal writing for federal agencies (NIH and NSF) with a required CORE session in the morning on May 23.  Then you may choose to attend either the NIH section on May 24, or the NSF session on May 25.  It is possible you may choose to attend both the NIH and the NSF sessions in addition to the CORE session.  Regardless of funding agency, the majority of this content will be relevant and usable for individuals applying to various funding entities (e.g., private foundations, professional organizations, and state agencies). 

All participants will receive an extensive electronic handout, as well as a field-relevant copy of The Grant Application Writer’s WorkbookThe workbook is designed to facilitate application of what is learned in the seminar to the writing of each attendee’s individual grant proposal after attending the seminar sessions.

Emphasis is placed on doing the “extra” things that can make the difference between being funded versus not. Regardless of the target agency, participants are taught to write with a linear progression of logic, which leads reviewers through an application without them knowing that they are being led. It is noted that applicants are writing for two different audiences – the assigned reviewers, who read the application in its entirety, and non-assigned reviewers who may have read little, or none, of the proposal before the meeting of the review panel.

This seminar is appropriate for junior through senior faculty and grant-writing staff.  Experienced faculty and staff may use the seminar as an overall refresher, for new ideas on gaining a competitive edge, and/or for strategies in how to mentor others in proposal writing. Junior faculty may use the seminar as a primer in proposal writing that helps demystify the components of a proposal and the process of writing one strategically. 

Note—This seminar will be presented as a three-part virtual livestreamed seminar. You are required to attend the CORE session before attending either the NIH and/or the NSF sessions.  The CORE session is critical for maximal understanding and future usage of the directed writing approach, followed by attending the NSF and/or the NIH session.    


Dr. John Robertson holds a Doctorate in Pharmacology/Toxicology and has been an Associate Member at Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops since 2010.  In 2017 he became the Managing Member.  He has been the recipient of competitive extramural funding from both the NIH and non-federal sources.  He has authored 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters.  In addition, he has been a member of grant review panels, a reviewer for a number of biomedical journals, and served on editorial boards.  He has also been routinely recognized for excellence in teaching. 


May 23, 2022 @ 9:30 am
May 25, 2022 @ 12:30 pm
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