Grant Writing Online Course

Get Funded: Understand the Grant Writing Process 

Webinar Schedule: August - November 2017

Writing your first grant? Overwhelmed by the grant writing process? Don't know where to start? We can help! Attend ASM's Grant Writing Online Course. This seven-part course will provide personalized feedback and cover a wide range of topics, including:  

  • The funding landscape
  • Core aspects of successful grant applications
  • Applying for foundation funding
  • Writing impactful biosketches
  • The review process

Registration is closed.

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Program Details

The course is based upon successful ASM professional development models in which participants:

  • Attend interactive webinars presented by experts in the field,
  • Complete pre- and post-webinar assignments, and
  • Participate in an online community of participants, mentors, and facilitators 

Course Participation

In order to get the most out of the course, you are strongly encouraged to:

  • Participate in all seven webinars,
  • Complete all pre- and post-webinar assignments in a timely manner,
  • Interact with online community,
  • Participate in surveys for a maximum of 24 months, and
  • Have a personal computer 

If you successfully complete all assignments, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.


Webinar #1: Wednesday, August 16 at 2:00 pm EDT  
The funding landscape and an overview of the grant-writing enterprise
Presenter: Michael Ibba
Pre-Assignment Due: August 10
Post-Assignment Due: August 21

Learning Objectives:  

  • To understand the steps involved in grant making
  • To become familiar with grant assessment terminology 
  • Learn to critically differentiate types of grants and funding opportunities 

Webinar #2: Wednesday, August 30 at 2:00 pm EDT  
The core of any successful grant application
Presenter: Eric Skaar
Pre-Assignment Due: August 27 
Post-Assignment Due: September 6

       Learning Objectives:  

  • A description of the components of a complete NIH application.
  • Strategies for writing a successful NIH grant.
  • An understanding of what happens to your NIH application from the day you submit it to the day you receive your reviews.

Webinar #3: Wednesday, September 20 at 2:00 pm EDT  
You’re not done yet! Other crucial components of a grant application
Presenters: Ferric Fang
Pre-Assignment Due: September 17
Post-Assignment Due: September 

Learning Objectives:  

  • Assess data regarding problems in the current research enterprise.
  • Discuss specific required elements of an NIH grant application to address research rigor and reproducibility.
  • Formulate general concepts that can improve the rigor of one's scientific work.

Webinar #4: Wednesday, October 4 at 2:00 pm EDT    
Introducing yourself to reviewers: Impactful biosketches
Presenter: Michael Ibba
Pre-Assignment Due: October 1
Post-Assignment Due: October 10

Webinar #5: Wednesday, October 18 at 2:00 pm EDT  
The grant review process
Presenter: Amanda Simcox
Pre-Assignment Due: October 15
Post-Assignment Due: October 24

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how review processes vary with different agencies and funding mechanisms.
  • Learn how to approach aligning your proposal with review criteria.
  • Understand timeline of the review process.
  • Use reviews to increase the competitiveness of a resubmission.

Webinar #6: Wednesday, November 8 at 2:00 pm EDT  
Applying for foundation funding
Presenter: Matthew Sullivan
Pre-Assignment Due: November 5
Post-Assignment Due: November 14

Learning Objectives:

  • Information about private foundation application options.
  • How to tweak proposals towards foundation funding.

Webinar #7: Wednesday, November 29 at 2:00 pm EDT  
Feedback on submitted grant components
Presenters: Cindi Cornelissen
Pre-Assignment Due: November 21
Post-Assignment Due: December 5

Learning Objectives:

  • To appreciate ways that biosketches can be maximized to emphasize to reviewers that you are the best person to do the project.
  • To describe effective specific aims pages that capture the reviewers’ interest.
  • To obtain critical feedback on submitted biosketches and specific aims pages.
  • To learn best practices for key components of grant applications. 

*All webinars are subject to change 

Interested in participating, but have scheduling conflicts? Contact Claire Wilson at



 Michael Ibba, Ph.D., The Ohio State University



 Cindi Nau Cornelissen, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University



Sponsorship and Credentials

The ASM Grant Writing Online Course webinar series is sponsored by the ASM Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education of the ASM Education Board and ASM-Leaders Inspiring Networks and Knowledge (ASM-LINK). 

Eligibility & Registration

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a graduate student, postdoctoral scientist or early to mid-career scientist
  • Have an interest in learning about the grant process


Registration is closed.


ASM Members: $175
Non-Members: $225

Become an ASM member for as little as $22/year! 

Please note, no refunds will be given. Instead, all participants who pay the registration fee will be given access to the recordings for a limited time.

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