Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station

Write Winning Grant Proposals: Seminar and Workshop on Proposal Writing Fundamentals


The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, the Forest & Wildlife Research Center, The MSU Extension Service, and the College of Veterinary Medicine, will sponsor a two-phase, grant writing seminar and workshop beginning July 2018. The goal of the program is to enhance the competitiveness of our scientists in securing nationally competitive grants through federal funding agencies such as USDA-NIFA, NIH, and NSF. Dr. Lauren Broyles, Associate Member of Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops, LLC will lead the workshop.


Phase I Seminar (pre-requisite to Phase II workshop)

July 10, 2018, 8:30 - 4:30

Franklin Furniture Center Auditorium (Room 115)

Registration: $150 includes workbook and lunch (registration required, but fee will be covered by Director of MAFES/FWRC, Director of MSU Extension Service, or Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine).

This seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects important to the proposal-writing process. It is designed for faculty members and administrative staff with some exposure to writing grant applications. Emphasis is on idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers. Each presentation is tailored to meet the needs of the audience and will emphasize the funding agencies that are of greatest interest to the attendees. The July 10th seminar will emphasize USDA-NIFA, NIH, and NSF. The morning session will focus on clearly articulating your concept and proposal elements that are common to all 3 agencies. Three breakout sessions during the afternoon will focus on elements unique to each agency. Regardless of the agency, participants are taught to write with a linear progression of logic, which leads reviewers through their applications. It is stressed that applicants are writing for two different audiences - the assigned reviewers, who have read the application in its entirety, and non-assigned reviewers who may have read little, or nothing, of the proposal before the meeting of the review panel. Strategies designed to merit a fundable priority score are emphasized.

Phase II Workshop (pre-requisite: Phase I Seminar)

August 24, 2018, 8:30 - 4:30

Preproposal Submission Deadline - August 24, 2018

Participant selection and notification - September 11, 2018

On-site meeting - October 24-25, 2018

Final complete draft application due March 27, 2018

Tuition: $3,600/participant (enrollment capped at 15); tuition will be covered by the Dean/Director’s office of the participant’s unit (CALS/MAFES, CFR/FWRC, MSU-ES, or CVM).

Up to fifteen persons may participate in this workshop. Only faculty who participate in Phase I will be eligible for Phase II. Activities will include group-based exercises and one-on-one time to ensure that the specific needs of each participant are addressed.

The program has three objectives for each participant

  • To write and submit the best application of which s/he is capable.
  • To better understand the review process
  • To develop an appreciation that constructive criticism from colleagues can make the difference between an application's success and failure.

The workshop extends over six - eight months. It begins with the Write Winning Grant Proposals seminar and includes one additional on-site meeting. Off-site interactions with consultants are conducted by telephone, internet conferencing, and e-mail. Both new and revised applications can be prepared. Assistance in responding to prior review is provided to those who are writing revisions.

Many faculty members can benefit significantly from this Phase I seminar alone. The Phase II Proposal-Writing Workshop Program is an intensive, interactive grant writing workshop that will last from September 2018 through March 2019 and will end with a grant proposal ready to submit. Participation in Phase II requires attendance in the Phase I seminar.

The leadership in the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine is committed to this investment in faculty professional development. We encourage broad attendance in the July 10th seminar. The Phase II workshop will require a substantial time commitment, and we encourage faculty who are able and willing to devote the necessary time to participate. The number of participants in this portion of the program is limited. Faculty may delay their decision about participating in Phase II until after the July 10th seminar. Applications for Phase II will be due August 24, 2018. Phase II participants will be selected from the applicant pool based on a competitive screening process.

Due to resource limitations, participation in Phase I is reserved for DAFVM faculty. Participation in Phase II is reserved for MAFES, FWRC, and CVM faculty. Costs of participation will be covered by MAFES, FWRC, and CVM administration.

All participants must register for the July 10th seminar through the online portal at: www.mafes.msstate.edu/workshops/grantwriting. The registration portal will be open April 1 - May 25, 2018. A workbook specific to the federal funding agency of choice will be provided as part of the registration. Workbooks must be ordered in time to have them available at the July 10th seminar. As part of the registration please select among the following workbook choices: National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, USDA-NIFA, and generic workbook for any agency. For more information about workbook selection see this Document. For more information about the seminar and workshop see www.grantcentral.com

For more details, contact Dr. Wes Burger (w.burger@msstate.edu) or Ladonna Bullman (l.bullman@msstate.edu) or call 325-0785.

Registration is closed.