As part of the MDI Biological Laboratory’s recently opened Center for Science Entrepreneurship, we are hosting a unique grant proposal writing workshop on May 1. The workshop will be led by Dr. Morgan Giddings. Dr. Giddings was recruited as a bioinformaticist in 2002 to UNC Chapel Hill. She quickly got lost in a flurry of grant writing and rejections, having zero success on major grant proposals in her first two years. Getting desperate, she sought out deep help from a mentor who helped her completely rebuild her approach from scratch. From that point forward, her next four R01 proposals to the NIH were funded in a row, with no rejections or resubmissions. She also helped lead her team to bring in large awards such as an RC2 Grand Opportunities award and a highly competitive U24 from the NCI. In 2009 she began consulting with others to help with their proposals. After early wins such as a client receiving a perfect score on her first R01 submission, Dr. Giddings walked away from her grants and tenured job to focus on helping researchers full time with grant writing and productivity in the extremely difficult research funding climate.
This workshop is being supported in part by the Maine INBRE, Maine’s Biomedical Innovation Catalyst. Space is limited. Preference will be given to junior faculty members at INBRE partner institutions.
Members of Maine INBRE institutions may attend for no charge but registration is required. Lunch and materials are provided.
To help defray costs, the charge for non-INBRE faculty participants is $100, which will include lunch and printed materials. Payment instructions are in the registration form.
Registration has closed. Please contact the Education Office to be put on a waiting list.
- Morgan Giddings, Ph.D.Morgan on Science
Federal and other grants are getting more and more difficult to obtain, with shrinking paylines and expanding competition. The old ways of writing proposals aren’t working anymore, especially using the trial-and- error method. Too often people get trapped in a cycle of rejection and desperation punctuated by an occasional win that just barely keeps things going. This is not sustainable for the individual researcher, the institution, nor the system as a whole. A key component of breaking this cycle is understanding the effects of your proposal on your audience. In most cases, small differences in your approach can create unanticipated negative reactions in your readers that will sink your chances.
Based on a deep study of how humans react to messages, we will cover the Critical Path to Funding to show you how to gain much more positive responses to all your writing efforts. The Critical Path was developed by Dr. Giddings to cover the four fundamentals that all proposals must have in alignment with one another: Your Magic Power, Your Project, Your Community, and Your Message. We will cover both the theory and give exercises designed to bring clarity in each area. (Please bring a computer or tablet for some basic online research, and pen & paper).
09:00 AM–10:30 AM Introduction and Your Magic Power
10:30 AM–10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM–12:15 PM Understanding Your Community (deeply)
12:15 PM–01:15 PM Lunch
01:15 PM–02:45 PM What Makes a “Good” vs a “Bad” project
02:45 PM–03:00 PM Break
03:00 PM–04:30 PM How to Craft a Killer Message For Your Audience
04:30 PM–04:45 PM Break
04:45 PM–05:45 PM Developing your Elevator Pitch based on the Critical Path