What We Do
We work with institutions to strengthen their research capacities through customized workshops, small group and individual consultations that advance the career objectives of students, trainees, and faculty.
Grant Writing Mentors (GWM) is a dynamic and diverse team of dedicated professionals with broad experience as research scientists, academics, successful grantees, scientific review officers, program officers, federal policy makers, science writers, and teachers. Learn more about the GWM mentors. Each mentor is deeply committed to using his/her expertise to help research scientists advance their career objectives.
GWM offers one- and two-day personalized workshops to meet the specific needs and objectives of professional societies, colleges, universities, research institutions and medical schools. For example, your trainees may benefit from a one- or two-day workshop on navigating the NIH grant process. Alternatively, your institution may prefer a workshop on institutional training programs (e.g., T32) or understanding which funding mechanism is most appropriate at various career stages (i.e., career development programs). Other aspects of a workshop may include key elements of effective career award (K) applications, including research and career development plans, institutional commitment to applicants, and how reviewers evaluate training grant applications. Learn more about specific seminar offerings. GWM workshops may include plenary lectures provided by GWM professionals on a wide-array of topics including: Bioethics, Workforce Diversity, Women in STEM, Human Subject Research, Scholarly Communication, Rigor and Reproducibility, and Building Partnerships. Click to see sample workshop outline.
Attendees at our workshop will be provided the opportunity to learn to use a variety of tools and to come away with a customized listing of relevant NIH funding opportunities, others who are currently funded by NIH for research in their topical area, and specific NIH staff to contact for assistance in obtaining grant funding. Attendees will receive detailed information about implementing recent policies such as those related to rigor and reproducibility and clinical trial research.
Small Group and Individual Consultation
GWM also understands the value of small group and individual consultation. In conjunction with our workshops, mentors are available to lead small group discussions or hold one-on-one conferences. Like the workshops, the subject matter of these smaller discussions and/or conferences are personalized to meet the needs of the participants and their respective school/institution.
Mechanics of Writing a Grant Application or Scientific Article
In today's highly competitive environment, researchers also need the necessary skills to prepare and write a fundable grant application and/or scientific article. To that end, GWM provides innovative group seminars on the mechanics of writing a grant application and/or scientific article. Specific seminars may focus on Developing your Specific Aims, Preparing your Abstract and Writing an Effective Research Strategy. GWM also provides seminars to help researchers develop effective skills to communicate their science at conferences through scientific posters or oral presentations (i.e., PowerPoint presentations).
GWM acknowledges that preparing a grant application or writing a journal article is time consuming. In conjunction with your college or institution, GWM will work one-on-one with pre-selected individuals throughout the preparation of a grant application or journal article. Follow-up interactions are conducted through phone, email or video conferencing. Each application/journal article will be thoroughly edited for spelling and grammar. In addition, each grant application/scientific article will be "peer reviewed" by our highly experienced mentors.
By helping individuals achieve their full potential as research scientists, GWM strengthens the research capacities of the colleges/institutions where they study and work. For more information about how GWM can create a custom mentoring program for your organization contact us.