In response to "Writing Your Grant Application" Workshop Recap, August 2011
The workshop recently offered by NICHD, "Writing Your Grant Application," is probably the single most helpful trainee event I have ever attended at NIH. I recently submitted a F30 grant almost exclusively using the approach suggested by the authors of the workshop. I found that the most difficult part of writing the F30 grant was knowing how to begin laying out my reasoning and ideas. This workshop is ideal for someone in a situation like mine, because the authors guide you section-by-section (almost line-by-line, actually) on how to make a convincing, well reasoned, and succinct application. It made the entire process seem incredibly concrete and straightforward. I would highly recommend it to anyone, and I hope that NICHD will continue to sponsor this in the future.
I found the Grant Workshop very helpful. The instructor, Dr. David Morrison, discussed in detail each section of the grant application with emphasis on arguably the most important part of the application, the specific aims section. I learned a great deal about grantsmanship and how to make my application grab the interest of the reviewers. Not only is having a good research project important, but also just as important is how you describe it in a way that makes the reviewers want to read it. There are also many resources given at this seminar, which I found very useful in writing my grant.
-Jose A. Matta, PhD