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Write Winning NIH Career Development Award Proposals

Write Winning NIH Career Development Award Proposals

The Department of Scientific Publications is bringing back to MD Anderson the widely acclaimed “Write Winning Grant Proposals” and “Write Winning NIH Career Development Award Proposals" series of seminars, presented by John D. Robertson, PhD, of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops. The two seminars address both practical and conceptual aspects of the proposal-­writing process.

Seminar 1, “Write Winning Grant Proposals,” is based on NIH grant application guidelines. It will focus on helping you:

* write for reviewers and “sell” your proposal;

* develop ideas and organize your presentations using a linear progression of logic to guide reviewers through your application; and

* write for two different reviewer audiences—those who have read the entire application before the review meeting and those who have not—and develop advocacy for funding in both groups.

Seminar 2, "Write Winning NIH Career Development Award Proposals," will focus on individual mentored training grants and career development awards and is recommended for trainees, junior faculty members, and their mentors and/or advisors. Content of the seminar includes tips and strategies on getting reference letters; selecting and getting the most from a mentor; how review criteria can be used to inform the writing of a CDA; the kinds of research and training that should be proposed; and more.

Attendees will receive extensive handouts, including the slides and examples used during the seminars, as well as a copy of the Grant Application Writer’s Workbook. 

For more information about Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, visit

Registration for these seminars is still open, and on-site registrations on the day of the seminars will be possible. However, those who register after September 15 will have their copy of The Grant Application Writer's Workbook mailed to them.

Date: 10/10/17, 8am to 12pm
Time: 10/10/17, 8am to 12pm
Location: Cancer Prevention Building, Floor 8, Rooms 1-8
Format: Training/Employee Development
Speaker: John D. Roberston, PhD
Speaker Bio: Dr. Robertson received his PhD from The University of Texas at Austin in pharmacology and toxicology in 1999. From 1999 to 2003, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He was subsequently hired in 2004 by the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, where he was a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Therapeutics for 7 years, and an associate member of the University of Kansas Cancer Center for 6 years. In 2010, he was recruited to teach grantsmanship by Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops. Dr. Robertson 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. He has been a member of grant review panels and a reviewer for a number of biomedical journals and has served on editorial boards. In addition, he has been routinely recognized for excellence in teaching.
Contact: John McCool - 23174 -
  WWG Flyer_2017.pdf (PDF, 744 KB)