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Grant Writing Support

The Miami CTSI offers several opportunities to assist and mentor University of Miami faculty researchers through key stages of the grant writing process. Learn more about each opportunity below.

Consultations

University of Miami faculty researchers with new or previous grant submissions (R, K and F-style grants) can receive personalized mentoring with Alan Mark Delamater, Ph.D., ABPP, on specific aims, various sections of the research strategy (background and significance, innovation, and methods), how to respond to critiques listed in summary statements, and preparation of biosketches, among other areas.

Dr. Delamater is a Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology and has received 23 grants as a PI from federal agencies and national foundations over the course of his career. Since 1992, he has served consistently as a grant reviewer at the NIH, including 53 grant review panels.

To schedule a consultation, please complete a short online intake form here.

Videos

The Grant Writing videos are designed to provide practical, step-by-step advice on writing NIH R- or K-style grants. All critical aspects of grant writing are covered, including the NIH review process, how grants are scored, writing clear and concise Specific Aims, Research Strategy sections, Significance and Innovation statements, designing powerful titles, and much more. The videos and workbook are available through the University of Miami’s Blackboard system. You will need a Cane ID.

Directions on accessing the workshop videos online through Blackboard

  1. Log into Blackboard
  2. Click the following link: Grant Writing Workshops
  3. Click Submit to get granted access to videos
  4. You will receive an email confirmation with your enrollment to the online course
  5. Follow the link to the course in your email

Introductory Writing Course

This course is offered annually in January depending on availability.

The Introduction to Writing for Clinical and Translational Science provides junior faculty and other interested trainees with no prior grant writing experience with useful basic knowledge, insights, and skills in the grant writing process to improve their chances for later funding and subsequent career success.

The course provides practical training for writing research proposals, grants, and manuscripts. All critical aspects of grant writing will be covered in the course, including the NIH review process, how grants are scored, guidelines for writing clear and concise Specific Aims, Research Strategy, Significance, and Innovation sections, and designing powerful titles. The course consists of weekly lectures, assigned readings, and team writing assignments.

Participants will be required to attend weekly classes, read assigned materials, turn in reviews of mock grant sections, and complete a weekly writing assignment. The final project for the class will be to complete a draft of a manuscript or a translational science grant proposal.

Other Writing Support

UM’s Writing Center has consultants available to assist Miller School post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, staff as well as faculty on a range of research writing support services, including grant writing. Learn more here or email ctsiservices@med.miami.edu to request an appointment.

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