Get Funded: Understand the grant writing process 

Learn tips and tools to find and write a competitive grant application for "bench" or "laboratory" science. The emphasis is on grant applications to the United States (U.S.) National Institutes of Health (NIH), but we will also discuss important aspects of grants to National Science Foundation (NSF) and major U.S. foundations and the best tips for successful grantsmanship to any funder. Individuals can purchase a 7-part series for a discounted price or purchase individual webinars. Join for live or recorded 60-minute webinars to learn:

  • The landscape of federally funded microbiology research in the U.S. and tips to secure private funding through foundations 
  • The steps involved with grant making 
  • Strategies for writing a successful grant
  • Core aspects of successful grant applications
  • Recent changes in policies of major funders, such as the need for increased rigor and transparency in research, and how to address these recent changes
  • Effective strategies to develop compelling NIH and NSF biosketches
  • Nature of review panels

How will you learn? 

  • Biweekly interactive live webinars with representatives of foundations and a variety of principal investigators who fund their research laboratories with major funding agencies
  • Feedback on pre-webinar assignments

Skills you will gain: 

  • Planning Grants 
  • Writing grants and grantsmanship
  • Grant review 


  • Graduate students and postdoc science researchers interested in submitting grant applications to major U.S. funding agencies, such as NIH or major foundations
  • Science researchers at any career stage who:
    • Have never prepared a grant proposal as the principal investigator
    • Are preparing grant applications to major U.S. funding agencies, such as NIH or major foundations, within the next 12-24 months

Registration Details

Registration for the entire series (7 webinars) includes: 

  • Access to live webinar(s) and recording(s)
  • Participation in a virtual learning community about grant writing
  • Feedback about your learning in grant writing
  • Upon completion of the course:
    • Invitation to participate in a consultation session for a grant application at ASM Microbe 2020, June 18–22, in Chicago
    • Certificate of completion
7-Webinar Package
ASM Member: $249
Non-ASM Member: $299
Individual Webinar Rates
ASM Member: $40
Non-ASM Member: $60 
Apply for a $50 subsidy towards the 7-webinar package! Early-career scientists (including graduate students, postdocs, and non-tenured faculty) are eligible.

Interested in some webinars that have already occurred? You may purchase the 7-webinar package or individual webinars at any time during the September to December 2019 course. 

Note: All members except for Supporting Members qualify for the ASM member rates. No refunds will be given. Instead, all participants who pay the registration fee will be given access to the recordings for a limited time. 


The Funding Landscape and an Overview of the Grant-Writing Enterprise
Dr. Michael Ibba

Sept. 12, 2019, 2-3 p.m. ET
Learn the key elements of a grant solicitation, funding sources and best practices. Register

The Core of a Successful Grant Application
Dr. Eric Skaar

Oct. 3, 2019, 2-3 p.m. ET
Beginning a grant application is an overwhelming endeavor. This webinar will highlight writing strategies and key components of an application, using the NIH/NSF as models. Register

Introducing Yourself to Reviewers: Impactful Biosketches
Dr. Michael Ibba
Oct. 17, 2019, 2-3 p.m. ET
Biosketches are hallmarks to grant proposals. Learn how to develop a strong biosketch. Register

Addressing Rigor and Reproducibility in Grant Applications
Dr. William Navarre

Oct. 31, 2019, 2-3 p.m. ET
Funding agencies are leaders in promoting rigor in scientific research. Using the NIH/NSF as models, learn how to shape your grant proposal to follow explicit guidelines. Register

The Grant Review Process
Dr. Alfredo Torres

Nov. 14, 2019, 2-3 p.m. ET
The review process can seem like a black box to those submitting grants. Learn from seasoned grant reviewers and avoid common mistakes in your submission. Register

Applying for Foundation Funding
Dr. Victoria McGovern

Dec. 5, 2019, 2-3 p.m. ET 
The landscape of private foundation funding is a unique funding opportunity. Learn about how to connect with foundation staff and shape a proposal for unique opportunities. Register

What Do You Still Need to Know to Write a Winning Proposal? 
Dr. Cindi Cornelissen and Dr. Michael Ibba

Dec. 12, 2019, 2-3 p.m. ET
This open question and answer format allows participants to usbmit lingering questions about the grant writing and review process. Register


The ASM Sub-Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education supports this online series. 



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