2018 Grant Writing Series

Join us for our 2018 Grant Writing Series, organized by the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars.

Registration is required (sessions #6 - #8 registration will open at a later date). Attendees can register for one or more sessions. This series is open to UCSF postdocs, PhD students and dual professional degree/PhD students, clinical fellows, and junior faculty.

Updated April 16, 2018



Session 1: Words of Wisdom from an NIH Research Training Officer

Wednesday, March 28

Location: Rock Hall Auditorium

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Speaker: Shawn Gaillard, PhD, NIAID Research Training Officer



Session 2: Navigating the NIH Grant Application Process and The R01 Award  

Are you confused by the NIH grant application and review process? In this session, you will learn about the NIH and be introduced to strategies for grant preparation and submission using the R01 grant as a model. First, we will give you a glimpse of NIH funding, an introduction to the structure of the NIH, and of the overall grant application and review processes. Strategies for preparing an R01 proposal will be presented. Faculty panelists will share their experiences in submitting (and resubmitting) R01 grant proposals, and give tips for how to succeed through this process.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Location: Mission Hall 1401-1402

Time: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Hiten Madhani, MD, PhD

Panelists: UCSF faculty members Hana El-Samad, PhD; Hani Goodarzi, PhD; Hiten Madhani, MD, PhD; and Sheri Weiser, MD

Moderator: Elise Riley, PhD


Session 3: Writing a Clear and Compelling Specific Aims Section  

Grant proposals are complex pieces of persuasive writing that require considerable skill to produce. The specific aims section is a particularly critical component. This workshop will briefly introduce the general structure of a scientific grant proposal (primarily for the basic and biomedical sciences). We will then focus on how to draft and refine your specific aims, by first analyzing sample specific aims and then revising your own. Finally, we will have a panel of senior scientists who share their experiences in crafting and re-crafting the specific aims page, and give tips for how to succeed through this process. Throughout the workshop, you will learn strategies for writing clearly and succinctly. Writing techniques learned in this session can be applied to grant/fellowship proposals from various funding agencies. If you are currently working on a specific aims section, please bring it with you.

Thursday, April 26, 2018                 

Location: Mahley Auditorium, Gladstone Institutes

Time: 1 – 5 p.m.

Featured speaker: Pamela Derish, Scientific Publications Manager,  UCSF Department of Surgery

Panelists: UCSF faculty members Tammy Chang, MD, PhD; Susan Fisher, PhD; and Todd Nystul, PhD

Register here. Only taking names for the wait list.



Session 4: Preparing a K99/R00 Award Application   

The K99/R00 grant, also called the Pathway to independence Award, provides funding for the last 1-2 years of your postdoctoral research training, followed by transitional funding for up to 3 years once you obtain an independent research position. While this training award is similar in many ways to other K awards, some distinct characteristics make it a different beast. In this session Keith Yamamoto, PhD, the Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy for the UCSF School of Medicine (and one of the original architects of the K99/R00), will outline specific tips for preparing all components of a K99/R00 application. Additionally, a panel of postdocs who were recently awarded K99s and an assistant professor with an R00 will share advice from their own experiences.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Location: Helen Diller 160

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Featured speaker: Keith Yamamoto, PhD and UCSF K99 awardees Tanuj Gulati, PhD;  Zachary Hill, PhD; Katie Thompson-Peer, PhD (moderator); Yue Leng, PhD; and R00 awardee Jeanne Paz, PhD

Register here.


Session 5: Getting an NIH Pre-Doc Fellowship (F30/F31) for PhD and Dual Professional Degree/PhD Students

Did you know that a pre-doctoral fellowship means more than money in your pocket? Applying for a pre-doctoral fellowship gives you the opportunity to revise and fine tune your research question, specific aims, significance, and methods. It is also an opportunity to get peer reviewed and increase your exposure to all who will look at your work. Dr. Judith Hahn, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine,will talk about how to develop a competitive fellowship application for  NIH Fellowships F30 and F31. Sharon Louie, Assistant Team Manager from Research Management Services will explain how her unit can assist you with your application. Finally, a panel of current F30 and F31 awardees will present their experiences and lessons learned: Shaun Abrams (F30), Aaron Mattingly (F31), Caroline Tai (F31), and Sarah Wong (F30).

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Location: TBA

Speakers: Judy Hahn, PhD; Sharon Louie from UCSF Research Management Services; and student panellists Shaun Abrams (F30), Aaron Mattingly (F31), Caroline Tai (F31), and Sarah Wong (F30)

Register here.



Session 6: Getting a Postdoctoral Fellowship – NIH F32 and Beyond

Early June 2018

Specific date, time and location: TBA

Registration will open mid-May.


Session 7: Funding for International Scholars and UCSF Research Management Submission Tips 

Late June 2018

Specific date, time and location: TBA

Speakers: Min-Lin Fang, Research Librarian (Pivot). Additional speakers TBA

Registration will open early June.



Session 8: Preparing a Mentored K Award Application

July 2018

Specific date, time and location: TBA

Speakers include UCSF K Awardees: Sonia Mayoral, PhD (K22), Jillian Silva, PhD (K01). Additional speakers TBA.

Registration will open mid-June.