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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Applications being accepted for NIH/NSF Grant Writing Bootcamp

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) will be offering a
‘bootcamp’ in grant writing, which will run from June 2019 to February 2020. The focus of this year’s bootcamp will be on writing NIH/NSF grant proposals for social science related applications. The workshop is open to any faculty or research scientist across the four divisions. The workshop will meet approximately twice a month.

The grant writing bootcamp is targeted to junior and mid-career faculty who have a goal of submitting or resubmitting an NIH or NSF grant application.

The bootcamp is designed to provide participants with information, feedback, and a structured timeline that will facilitate crafting a strong NIH or NSF research proposal. Individuals who plan on submitting foundation proposals may also participate but the emphasis will be on NIH/NSF type proposals. All participants in the workshop will be expected to submit an external grant application by February 1, 2020, and will be strongly encouraged to submit a Fall Research Competition application as insurance.

The grant writing bootcamp will be led by Professors Marcy Carlson (Sociology) and James Walker
(Economics). Additional senior faculty with extensive NIH and NSF review experience will provide their insights into the process of writing a successful grant.

Applicants must be committed to submitting an NIH or NSF grant proposal by February 1, 2020.

Selection Process:
The applications will be reviewed by a group of senior faculty members to determine readiness to prepare a grant proposal. There is a limited number of faculty spots in the bootcamp each year.

To apply:
Email the following application materials in the form of a single pdf to by April 29 2019

  • A one-page specific aims page in NIH format
  • A current CV
  • Names and contact information for 2 senior UW–Madison faculty who have relevant substantive or methodological expertise and are willing serve as mentors to you in developing your grant proposal.

You will be notified about the outcome of your application by May 10, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Jan Greenberg, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at: