During October and November, the Grant Proposal Development Academy, a six-week comprehensive overview of the ins and outs needed to develop, write, and submit winning grant proposals, hosted speakers that included research administrators, faculty, and funding agency program officers. The audience was made up of investigators at various career stages from across the CCTS Partner Network and beyond. Click through the graphic below to explore how this program might benefit you in your grant writing journey, and to view any session of interest. If you have questions about the grant writing process, please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Research Development at UAB.

Session One covers finding the right fit for your career stage, reading and understanding funding announcements, and identifying funding opportunities.

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Session Two helps identify strategies for gauging if your idea is worth funding and covers the best practices of responsible research.

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Session 3 takes a deep dive into crafting your specific aims and ensuring that reviewers want to read your research strategy.

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Session 4 guides you through the process of selecting the right mentorship team. You’ll also learn effective team building and management skills.

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In Session 5, you’ll learn how to navigate your chances of funding success straight from the pros.

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Session 6 will teach you what you need to know to successfully submit your proposal by following the rules laid out by funders and the Office of Sponsored Programs.

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  • Session One covers finding the right fit for your career stage, reading and understanding funding announcements, and identifying funding opportunities.

    View Session

  • Session Two helps identify strategies for gauging if your idea is worth funding and covers the best practices of responsible research.

    View Session

  • Session 3 takes a deep dive into crafting your specific aims and ensuring that reviewers want to read your research strategy.

    View Session

  • Session 4 guides you through the process of selecting the right mentorship team. You’ll also learn effective team building and management skills.

    View Session

  • In Session 5, you’ll learn how to navigate your chances of funding success straight from the pros.

    View Session

  • Session 6 will teach you what you need to know to successfully submit your proposal by following the rules laid out by funders and the Office of Sponsored Programs.

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    “As a junior faculty eager to gain as much knowledge as possible about how to navigate the grant world, it’s been such a wonderful experience being a part of the GPDA. Through the GPDA I’ve been able to hear from other professional scholars who are happy to share tips, resources, and samples of the best way to approach any grant you’re looking to tackle. The GPDA team has been extremely thoughtful in the planning of the academy by providing engaging presenters who share their knowledge with everyone enrolled in the academy. The GPDA has encouraged me to put into practice so many of the tips I’ve learned such as reaching out to program officers for support, as well as how to work with and establish an excellent grant team to increase the likelihood of being awarded funding! Thanks to the GPDA for helping me learn some great new skills I can’t wait to put to into practice!”

    - Vanessa M. Kercher, PhD, ACSM-EP, Clinical Assistant Professor, Indiana University