Write Winning Grant Proposals - Phase I Seminar

Oct 6, 2022

08:30 AM - 04:30 PM

Iowa Memorial Union (IMU), Second Floor Ballroom

125 North Madison Street, Iowa City, IA 52245

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Dr. John Robertson

Write Winning Grant Proposals

Presented by John D. Robertson, Ph.D.
Managing Member, Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops

The Research Development Office in the Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce that Dr. John Robertson from Grant Writer's Seminars & Workshops (GWSW) will conduct the Write Winning Grant Proposals seminar on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. The deadline to register is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. In person and virtual options are available. 

The Phase I seminar is a pre-requisite to the Phase II workshop scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 12 and Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. Faculty must contact their collegiate associate dean for research no later than Monday, Aug. 29 with their interest in attending the Phase II workshop. Additional details are listed below.

Phase I Seminar 

Agenda (pdf)

Title: Write Winning Grant Proposals 
When: Thursday, Oct. 6, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Where: IMU Second Floor Ballroom (Virtual option available. Note: the seminar will not be recorded.) 
Registration Fee: $150 (includes seminar, workbook, supplemental materials, and lunch for in person participants) A limited number of college specific sponsored registrations complimentary to faculty are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The Write Winning Grant Proposals seminar is the cornerstone of GWSW's seminar programs. It comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to writing competitive grant proposals. It is appropriate for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers and administrative staff who have had some exposure to writing grant applications, either through training/mentoring or personal experience. Each presentation is tailored to meet the needs of the audience, e.g., to focus on the funding agency or agencies (federal, private, and/or industry) that is/are of greatest interest to the attendees. Emphasis is given to doing the “extra” things that can make the difference between success and failure.

At the University of Iowa, the main focus of previous seminars has been on the NIH and NSF; however, regardless of the 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. Coping strategies to overcome the fact 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 nothing, of the proposal before the meeting of the review panel—are emphasized. The seminar is in a lecture format.

Seminar Registration Details

Registration deadline: 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022.  

To register on behalf of someone else, call: 319-335-8599.

Self-Registration: Sign-in and register using your HawkID and password: https://uiowa.cloud-cme.com/Form.aspx?FormID=4319If this is the first time you've registered through this portal, you will be required to complete a profile before advancing to seminar registration.

Sponsored and General Registrations: There are a limited number of college specific sponsored registrations complimentary to faculty on a first-come, first-served basis. Under "Registration Type," select the college you are affiliated with. If your college is not listed, sponsored seats are not available. In that case, please select "General Registration for University of Iowa Faculty & Staff."

Workbook Choice: Select a workbook where indicated in the form. Click here for workbook descriptions (pdf)  

IMPORTANT NOTE: Workbooks will be campus mailed to registrants attending virtually so be sure to provide a complete and clear UI campus address where indicated in the registration form

Payment Method and Confirmation: 

  • If sponsored registration was chosen, select "College-Sponsored Registration" as the payment method. Click "Finish." Your registration is now complete and you may print or email your invoice.
  • For general registration (non-sponsored), select "Pay by Credit Card" and submit all the way through.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation email, please call 319-335-8599 to make sure you are registered. Only registered participants will be able to attend the seminar.

Contact cheryl-a-ridgeway@uiowa.edu or brittany-ryan@uiowa.edu with questions.

Phase II Workshop (pre-requisite: Phase I Seminar)

When: Jan. 12-13, 2023 
Where: TBD
Consultations: The workshop includes 4-6 months of ongoing virtual consultations
Tuition: $4,000/participant (tuition is split equally between the participant's college, department, and the OVPR; workshop is capped at 25 participants)
To attend: Faculty should contact their collegiate associate dean for research by Monday, Aug. 29 for approval to attend


Up to 25 faculty members may participate in this workshop. Some of the activities are group based; however, ample one-on-one time is included to ensure that the specific needs of each participant are addressed. The program has three objectives for each participant:

  • To write and submit the best application of which s/he is capable
  • To better understand the dynamics and psychology of the review process
  • To develop an appreciation that constructive criticism from colleagues can make the difference between an application's success and failure

Faculty interested in attending the Phase II workshop must be nominated by their collegiate associate dean for research and submit an application. Participants will be selected based on a review of applications. Selected participants are required to attend the Write Winning Grant Proposals Phase I seminar and one additional on-site or virtual meeting in January 2023. Off-site consultations extend over the subsequent four-to-six months.

Off-site interactions with consultants are conducted by email, telephone, and/or virtually, as required, to ensure that the specific needs of each participant are addressed. The final draft is critiqued for grantsmanship by a GWSW consultant, after which it is reviewed for scientific and technical errors by members of a pre-submission review committee that is set up by the workshop participant. By the time it is submitted, a proposal has gone through three rounds of rigorous internal review, which is what helps to ensure maximal competitiveness of the resultant application. New, renewal and resubmitted applications are eligible.

If you are interested in attending the Phase II workshop, contact your collegiate associate dean for research no later than Monday, Aug. 29, 2022

Contact cheryl-a-ridgeway@uiowa.edu or brittany-ryan@uiowa.edu with questions.

The Write Winning Grant Proposals Seminar is hosted by 
The Research Development Office in the Office of the Vice President for Research


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at