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University of Wisconsin–Madison

OVCRGE Grant Writing Boot Camp for Social Scientists – deadline extended

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) will offer a Grant Writing Boot Camp for Social Scientists, which will run from July 2021 through mid-February 2022. The boot camp will provide structured guidance and mentoring for developing a proposal aimed for NIH. Proposals can originate in any discipline but should have a substantive component in the social sciences. The boot camp will meet approximately twice per month from mid-summer through mid-February 2022.


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

The boot camp is designed to provide participants with information, feedback, and a structured timeline that will facilitate crafting a strong NIH research proposal. Individuals who plan on submitting NSF and foundation proposals may also participate, but the emphasis will be on NIH-type proposals. All participants will be expected to submit an external grant application by mid-February 2022 and will be strongly encouraged to submit a Fall 2021 Research Competition application as insurance.

The grant writing boot camp will be led by Professors Kristen Malecki (Population Health Sciences) and James Walker (Economics). Additional senior faculty with extensive NIH grant writing and reviewing experience will provide their insights into the process of writing a successful grant application.

Applicants must be committed to submitting an NIH (or other) grant proposal by mid-February 2022.

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 boot camp each year.

To apply:

Email the following application materials in the form of a single pdf to by June 21, 2021:

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

You will be notified about the outcome of your application by June 15, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact Lonnie Berger, associate vice chancellor for research and graduate education, at