Grant Writing Workshop

Transform your grant applications  

IMAGE Grant Writing Workshop

June 13–15, 2019, Washington, D.C.

The ASBMB Interactive Mentoring Activities for Grantsmanship Enhancement (IMAGE) grant writing workshop is designed to help early career scientists and senior postdoctoral fellows write winning proposals for federal research funding.

Key features

  • Talks by NSF, NIH and HHMI 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, NIH and HHMI program directors, and previous participants that have successfully been awarded funding
  • Access to an interactive, web-based 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 Minority Affairs Committee, the workshop is free and includes all meals. (Participants are responsible for their lodging and transportation.)

2019 Agenda
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Participant Requirements

  • The workshop is open to assistant professors and senior postdoctoral fellows preparing to transition into independent academic positions.
  • The ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee especially encourages applications from junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows that are underrepresented minorities, and from assistant professors from minority-serving or primarily undergraduate institutions.
  • Participants do not have to be members of the ASBMB.
  • The ASBMB and the NSF will cover onsite costs, including group meals.
  • The letter of support must include a financial commitment to cover travel and lodging.

Application Materials

  1. One letter of support from the department chair or PI. The letter should include a financial commitment towards travel and lodging.
  2. Professional CV of applicant.
  3. A one-page research statement outlining applicant's research interests or proposed work, including specific research aims.

All applications must be submitted by 12 p.m. Eastern on Friday, April 19, 2019. All documents should be prepared as individual files in PDF format.

Notification of Selection

The final workshop participants will be selected by the middle of May 2019. Notifications will be sent via email to all applicants.


Patricia Silveyra

"The comments, feedback and advice I received at the workshop were very helpful, and I am glad I attended the workshop before starting preparing my first NIH grant application.”

Patricia Silveyra, Assistant Professor, Penn State University

Benjamin Swarts

"Inspired by the workshop, I have a “living” 5-year plan document that, in addition to keeping on track with administration, has helped me organize my overarching plans into something that is tangible."

Benjamin Swarts, Assistant Professor, Central Michigan University

Vikas Dukhande

"The workshop really helped me gain insights on grantsmanship strategies. The workshop even helped me in my laboratory administration and student mentoring strategies. I highly recommend it."

Vikas Dukhande, Assistant Professor, St. John's University