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Grantsmanship for the Research Professional Course

Dates: Thursday and Friday, June 7 - 8, 2018
Time: 9 AM – 5 PM
Location: Northwestern University, Chicago (Streeterville Campus, Wieboldt Hall, Rm 413, 339 E Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL). Out of town participants can find lodging information through Northwestern’s Law School (which is adjacent).
Tuition*: $650.00
Instructor: Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski (, PhD, Adjunct Senior Instructor
Registration: SCS PHIL_NP 380-0, Spring 2018

Grantsmanship for Research Professionals is a two-day executive education-style workshop that introduces and enhances skills associated with effective grant opportunity identification, proposal preparation, grant review process, and team science.

The course is designed for:

  • Researchers at all levels (early career through faculty) conducting research in the Sciences (Biomedical, Health, Clinical, Physical, Natural and Social Sciences); Engineering; Law; and Education;
  • Research Administrators and Research Development Professionals supporting individual researchers and/or teams of investigators;
  • Grant and Contract Officers focused on pre-award activities

The course will cover:

  • Strategies for developing grant proposals that support both hypothesis-driven and need-based research activities;
  • Funding agencies and funding opportunity identification across the government (emphasis on NIH, NSF and other federal funders), corporate, and foundation sectors;
  • Proposal review process and reviewer-centric grantsmanship;
  • Proposal planning, proposal components, and writing the specific aims and project narrative sections;
  • Budget development;
  • Proposal submission and post-award primer; and,
  • Team Science
*Most Northwestern-paid employees are eligible for significant (85%) School of Professional Studies (SPS) tuition discount. Contact the NU Human Resources Department Benefits Division for information. Tuition fee can be paid in part/full via an NU Financials Chart String, contact the SPS Registrar’s Office ( or 312-503-6951) directly if you encounter problems registering.