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Each year, we offer grant writing workshops and seminars open to Tufts faculty, researchers, students, and staff. Some are targeted at specific populations (e.g., graduate students or postdoctoral fellows), while others are open to the entire Tufts community. The following describes our most frequently offered programs. For dates, times, locations, and other information for upcoming workshops and seminars, contact us.

Finding Funding

This introductory workshop can help the researcher identify helpful search keywords for particular funding databases and perform advanced searches for funding opportunities narrowed for eligibility and other factors.

Grantsmanship 101

 An introduction to the art of writing a grant narrative, this workshop provides an overview of how to

  • Match a funding agency’s mission to your research agenda
  • Write strong and clear research aims
  • Put together a competitive grant package in the design of your research narrative

Writing Clearly and Concisely for Grants

This seminar offers tips and tricks to write clear, concise, and coherent text that communicates academic research in the limited space and formatting available in grant applications.

NSF CAREER Award Prep Series

This series is intended to provide information to help interested faculty assess their readiness to submit a CAREER application, understand the CAREER review criteria and process, and refine their research and education objectives. It includes panel discussions with Tufts faculty who have reviewed or received CAREER awards and a mock review session for working on the Overview and Objectives for the proposal.

5-Week Workshop: Grant Writing for Page One

(Specific Aims, Overview and Objectives, Letter of Intent, etc.)

  • Weekly 90-minute sessions for 5 weeks
  • Small groups: 2 workshop leaders, 12-14 participants
  • Participants submit a draft of their Specific Aims (or comparable 1-2-page overview section) and information about funding agency and mechanism before the first session. We review and provide ‘big-picture’ comments to guide revision.
  • In session 1, we walk through the process of crafting the aims page, discuss the proposal review process, and offer examples.
  • In sessions 2-5, we introduce peer review and go through two rounds of extensive review and revision of all participants’ drafts using a mock review session format. Participants evaluate each other’s drafts for clarity, scope, and persuasiveness and, eventually, for concision and wording.
  • We also give brief presentations on clarity and concision in grant-writing and on contacting the program official.
  • In addition to the peer review, we provide a second round of detailed instructor review.

Custom Workshops

We also offer customized grant writing workshops focusing on any of the above or other topics as requested.

If you are interested in scheduling a workshop for your department or group, please contact our office at least three months in advance. While we cannot promise availability of a workshop at a specific time or campus location, there are often spaces available in targeted departmental grant writing workshops.