Three opportunities to learn to write better grants

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OHSU Researchers: Coming up are three opportunities for professional development to help you write better grants:

  1. NRSA Application Seminar: Technical Components: June 25, 10 a.m. to  12 p.m.
    If you’re planning to apply for a pre- or post-doctoral NRSA fellowship from the NIH in the near future, we encourage you to attend this workshop  to learn about essential, non-research elements of your fellowship application. Topics covered include titles and abstracts, the biosketch, referee letters, a tour through InfoEd, budgets, elements of a great training plan, and more. Register at the link above. There is no cost to attend this virtual seminar.This upcoming seminar is led by Jason Jaworsky, grants and contracts administrator with the Office of Proposal and Award Management, and Rachel Dresbeck, Ph.D., senior director, OHSU Research Development. This workshop is open to applicants but may also be useful for department-based research administrators and faculty. All are welcome!

2. The Vollum Writing Class: 4 weeks, starting July 1

The Vollum Writing Class is a professional science writing course open to OHSU graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. This class uses short lectures, class discussion and workshop-style writing assignments to help researchers learn to write better papers and grants.

Topics include:

  • The basic elements of good scientific writing style, including sentence and document structure
  • Insight into scientific conventions regarding grammar, punctuation, and usage
  • Strategies for revising
  • Dealing with writer’s block and time management
  • Best practices for writing introductions, results, discussions, and grant proposals

The class runs for four weeks, Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.,  and six individual tutorials with the instructor are included. There are no prerequisites for this non-credit professional development course, but you should not take the class unless you have enough data to write about.

The course carries a fee of $500 per student (unless you are in a Vollum lab or part of certain graduate Ph.D. programs).

The sessions for 2020 are now live for registration, and the summer session begins July 1.

Access Compass to register (or log in to Compass and search for Vollum Writing).

3. Save the Date: Specific Aims Workshop, July 17 (12-1.30) and July 24 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Part 1 of the workshop will introduce the general principles of writing a compelling aims page and Part 2 is a peer/expert feedback session. Both parts of the workshop will be led by Rachel Dresbeck, Ph.D., Senior Director of Research Development. This workshop is open to anyone at OHSU, but to attend Part 2, you need to attend Part 1.

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