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IMAGE grant writing workshop

The 2024 application is now closed.

The ASBMB Interactive Mentoring Activities for Grantsmanship Enhancement grant writing workshop is designed to help early-career scientists write winning proposals for federal research funding. The 2024 workshop will be held June 13–15 in the Washington, D.C. area.

Workshop highlights

  • Talks by NSF and NIH program directors about funding opportunities and strategies for successful proposal submission.
  • Real-time constructive feedback on potential research proposals.
  • A mock review panel to provide insight into the grant review process.
  • Presentations on best practices for crafting a logical research plan and a creative broader impact statement.
  • Practical advice on work-life balance, navigating academia and positioning your research program for sustained success.
  • Networking with mentors; NSF and NIH program directors; and previous participants that successfully have been awarded funding.
  • Access to an online forum for interacting with past and future participants and learning about new funding opportunities.
  • Post-workshop one-on-one mentoring with a senior funded ASBMB member.

Sponsored by the NSF and the ASBMB’s Maximizing Access Committee, the workshop is free and includes all meals. (Participants are responsible for their lodging and transportation.)

See the 2023 workshop agenda


  • The workshop is open to assistant professors.
  • Additional funding is available for some mid-career faculty attendees, including individuals who previously participated in an IMAGE workshop.
  • We especially encourage applications from junior faculty who are underrepresented minorities and from assistant professors from minority-serving or primarily undergraduate institutions.
  • Participants do not have to be members of the ASBMB.

Application materials

  • One letter of support from the department chair. The letter must include a financial commitment toward travel and lodging.
  • Applicant’s NIH Biosketch or five-page professional CV.
  • A one-page research statement outlining applicant’s research interests or proposed work.

All documents should be prepared as individual PDF files.

Contact the ASBMB education department for more information.

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