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November Research Proposal Workshop Nov. 11


The next UMKC Office of Research proposal- and research-program-development workshop for faculty, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Plaza Room at the Administrative Center on the Volker Campus.

The workshop, “How to write a compelling grant application,” will be led by Sarah Dallas, the Lee M. and William Lefkowitz Endowed Professor at the School of Dentistry. Dallas is and has been a part of NIH-grant-funded teams.

Dallas will share her tips on successful grant writing, based on her experience as an investigator continually funded by NIH since 2001 and her experience serving on NIH and other grant review panels. The workshop will focus on insights from personal experience rather than standard information available from NIH and other websites. The emphasis is on the mechanics of writing a compelling grant. The workshop will cover:

  • Types of NIH grants relevant for early career stage scientists
  • Brief summary of NIH grant review process
  • Her tips on how to write a compelling grant (main emphasis of workshop):
    ~Getting started on your grant/planning ahead
    ~Writing a good grant is like writing a good novel
    ~What types of grants are getting funded
    ~Basic structure of an NIH grant
    ~Her tips on specific aims, research strategy (significance, innovation, approach) sections
    ~Making the pitfalls section work for you in a positive way
    ~Choice of  wording/positive language
    ~NIH requirements on scientific rigor
  • Her list of common mistakes (to avoid) when writing a grant

The event is free and registration is required. RSVP via email or phone to Leslie Burgess,, 816-235-1520.

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