Grant Writing Course


Course Description

HPA 591 “Grant Writing for New Investigators” is a three credit course offered during both the Fall and Spring semesters. The major objectives of this course are to foster grant writing skills, learn the mechanics of an NIH grant application, particularly K series career development awards, and to learn how to peer review applications.  Experience with the grant writing process and opportunities to receive on-going feedback and participate in “mock” study sections can lead to increased comfort with grant writing and also increased productivity.

The course is structured as a seminar and class time is used to talk about different mechanisms (e.g. Career Development Awards, R21, R01), different components of a proposal, and to present and review each other’s work. Participants first decide on the appropriate grant mechanism to which they will apply. They are then expected to make progress on their grant proposal and are required to present on their progress during class.

During the mock review sessions, reviewers chosen by the students (primary, secondary, and tertiary) prepare written critiques, which are discussed in a session similar to an NIH study section.

Students enrolled in this course are expected to have a draft proposal completed by the end of the semester.

HPA 591 Grant Writing is a required course for those enrolled in the MS in Clinical and Translational Science, but is open to other qualified candidates on a credit non-degree basis with permission from the instructor or REACH Director, Jack Zwanziger.

2018 Enrollment

The course will meet from 1:30PM-4:00 PM on Thursdays from January 18th thru May 10th in the spring 2018 semester.

If you are interested in enrolling in this course, please send your current CV and a brief statement outlining:

  1. Your research experience/interests.
  2. A list of any prior grant applications submitted (include the funding agency, grant mechanism if applicable, and status.
  3. Your anticipated timeline for grant submissions in the near future (include the target funding agency and grant mechanism).

Send these items to Jaclyn Jackson at jaclynj@uic.edu no later than Monday, October 2, 2017.  

If you are interested in taking this grant writing course as a credit non-degree student, please email Jaclyn Jackson or call (312) 413-5429.