Grant Writing Workshop


Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops (GWSW) and BioXFEL are hosting a one-day grant writing workshop prior to the 2020 BioXFEL Annual International Conference on Monday, January 27th. John D. Robertson, PhD from GWSW will present "Write Winning Grant Proposals" to attendees interested in learning more about submitting proposals to NIH or NSF. The workshop will cover the essential strategies to writing a winning NIH and NSF proposal, includes one of four workbooks (described below) and a digital copy of the presentation. This event is free of charge for all BioXFEL members, however a portion of the costs will be charged to outside participants. More information on payment can be found on the conference website form.



Please register for this event as you register for the conference.

During the registration, you will be required to select one of the following workbooks. All workbooks are $80. BioXFEL members will receive one free book. Additional books can be purchased directly from GWSW.

National Institutes of Health Version

The January 2019 edition has been updated to comply with the instructions and review criteria language for NIH grant applications due after January 25, 2019. This includes updated FORMS-E general and program-specific instructions. The NIH has moved away from using the term "scientific premise," replacing it with the "rigor of the prior
research." In this Workbook edition we offer detailed guidance on how to address rigor of the prior research in your proposal. Such guidance complements standing direction in the Workbook on how to ensure robust and unbiased results of the proposed research. Additionally, there is further information about human subjects and clinical trials content, changes coming for the R15 AREA program, and R01 and R21 FOAs for studies involving humans. Finally, there is an update to the Next Generation Research Initiative Policy. All URLs and screenshots have also been updated.

National Science Foundation Version

The January 2019 edition has been updated to comply with the revised version of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) effective for all proposals due on or after January 28, 2019. Some changes for 2019 include updates to the: EAGER and RAPID language; resubmission of declined NSF proposals; formatting, subawards, biosketch synergistic activities language clarification, and the Collaborators and Other Affiliations template. All URLs and screenshots have also been updated.

Successful Proposals to Any Agency (For proposals other than NIH, NSF, or USDA)

The grant applications of most agencies contain basically the same sections – only the specific names for the sections and the order in which they appear in the application are different. In addition, the principles and fundamentals of good proposal writing are the same for all agencies. Given these two facts, we have written a “generic” workbook that can be used to write a proposal to any granting agency. It walks the applicant through the preparation of each section and is meant to be complemented by the specific instructions of the agency that is being targeted.


Principles and fundamentals of good proposal writing are emphasized, together with specific tips on Integrated Projects, use of the SF424 application format, and electronic submission through The Workbook provides a clear, useful outline for creating the first draft of the proposal.