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September 20, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships (ORAP) now offers a grant writing course applicable for NIH, NSF, and other federal agencies.

The course is offered at no cost, but enrollment is limited



Promote your career, secure funding for significant and impactful research, and promote national and international recognition for yourself and WSU by participating in this course.

Get to know the primary course instructor, Robert Finney (PhD): “For those that do not know me, I have been teaching grantsmanship to academic researchers at WSU and throughout the US for over 5 years. Prior to that, I led research teams in the pharmaceutical industry and led my own small genetic engineering company for 13 years. I have taught grantsmanship to both MDs and PhD scientists, including new and established investigators. The results have been transformative for many researchers. It has not only enabled researchers to be more effective at attaining grant awards (even those with a long dry-spell in grant funding and less-than-stellar publication records), but also more efficient.  And yes, it has even made grant writing an intellectually fun part of doing research. My experience is that simply reading grant writing books (even the few good ones out there) is not sufficient to fully embrace grantsmanship – to make grant writing work for you. It requires hands-on guidance. I also assist the Life Sciences Washington – formerly, Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (WBBA) by holding Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) workshops and one-on-one consultations.”


Although Robert will be taking primary responsibility for the course, Elizabeth (Becky) James, PhD and Maureen Bonnefin, CRA will also be assisting. They are spectacular! If you are concerned about acquiring funding, want to be more effective and efficient at proposal writing, and want to master grantsmanship, please take advantage of this and other opportunities provided by ORAP.

Visit our web site at: https://research.wsu.edu/resources-researchers/orap/.



Enough about us! In response to prior participants, the ORAP grantsmanship course has been modified to better facilitate YOUR schedule. It can be difficult to attend weekly meetings and actively participate on a rigid schedule.  Accordingly, lectures will be on-line, so you can view them when convenient for you. We will now meet only ~2-3 times during the course – to introduce the course and have mock review sessions. Much of the instruction will be through one-on-one consultations – even if just a short chat to address some specific issues you may be having. The course is structured to take you from conception of your idea to completion of each narrative section.


The course is scheduled to run up to 10 weeks.

During the course, we expect that you will be working on an actual grant proposal that will be submitted through normal university channels within the next 3-12 months.

This course is intended for new and established faculty at all WSU campuses. Postdoctoral fellows and research staff are accepted ONLY if space permits. Sorry, but we cannot accept graduate students into the course.

Course content and methods include:

  1. On line grantsmanship lectures: Lectures will cover techniques to present and support your significance, innovation, and approach – elements critical to any successful proposal. We will also cover methods to bring out your competitive advantage – among other topics. Knowing how to properly frame a grant proposal will enable you to know whether or not you truly have a “good” or “fundable” idea and will communicate your project efficiently and effectively to reviewers.
  2. One on One consultations: Individual consultations will help answer specific questions you may have, analyze your work in progress, and ultimately arrive at a spectacular grant application. Many of these conferences can be handled using “gotomeeting,” but we will also meet face-to- face several times over the
  3. Online consultations: Often, we do not need to have a verbal dialog. Instead, we will provide written review and comment on your proposal by posting on-line. Again, this enables you to manage your
  4. Group meetings: We will have an initial group meeting – to establish the process and to answer questions you may have.  We will also conduct at least one mock review session – requiring your participation and attendance. For the mock review, you will serve as the primary reviewer on two proposals (summary/specific aims page review only) and score and critique these submissions.
  5. Follow up: After completion of the course, you will also have follow up support from ORAP including development and technical writing


Course begins September 20, 2016


This course requires your commitment. You MUST commit to doing the work required to put together your proposal in a timely fashion during the course and to provide feedback and evaluation to your peers. It is important for everyone involved that you enroll ONLY if you are able to commit to completing the entire 8 to 10-week course.

Enrollment is limited. Please note that classes will be smaller this year than in previous years, in order to provide increased individual attention to each participant.

If you would like to apply to this program, please use the following link to provide: 1) your email your name, department, phone number, email address, and WSU ID#; 2) the agency, type of grant (e.g., R21 or CAREER, etc.), and request for application (RFA) or program solicitation if you know it; and 3) a SHORT paragraph about your proposed idea, your expectations from the course, and your ability to commit to the course.    Only applications received on or before September 10th will be considered.


Application link https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_beCkHE9Q6itaO4l



The next course starts September 20, 2017.

Pullman – Spokane – Tri-Cities Campuses

We anticipate enrolling faculty from the Pullman, Spokane, and Tri-Cities campuses for the September 20, 2017 session. Preferably, there will be ~6 faculty from the Spokane campus and 6 from the Tri-Cities campuses – to be more efficient with in-person consultations. So talk with your colleagues to see if they could benefit from the course.



Vancouver Campus

We anticipate another opportunity for the Vancouver campus to participate in this course early next year. Should you need assistance with a proposal earlier, PLEASE REACH OUT TO US. We are here to assist you and will strive to provide you with assistance to make your proposal spectacular. Contact Emily Brashear at Emily.brashear@wsu.edu.


September 20, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm