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Grant Writing & Proposal Development Support

Administrative Support

The SVPHS Research Unit hosts F award training for trainees. If you would like to schedule a training for a graduate program or department, or have additional questions, please contact Sean Flynn. You may view a copy of the training presentation.

The SVPHS Research Unit's Pre-award grants team provides assistance with F31 and F32 grant submission for the following departments: 

  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Microbiology & Immunology (Pathology)
  • Neurobiology 
  • Population Health Sciences

Courses and Workshops

There are a number of courses, workshops and resources available to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at the University of Utah. Below is a list of current offerings. NOTE: Graduate students in the molecular biology, biological chemistry, neuroscience, and population health science PhD programs have grant writing courses built into their curriculum. 


Professional Skills Development (PH TX 7690): The course is designed to provide students with career and personal professional development skills.

Critical Thinking in Research (MBIOL 6200): In order to teach the skills required to be a successful independent scientist this course will teach students critical thinking strategies for successful research. This will include how to digest and analyze papers and problem solve, both of which will review and apply material from core courses. The instructors will develop specific course content. Topics may include: How to read a paper (read at home, discuss in class); survey of the core services; problem solving with open-ended problems posed on real-life or made-up situations. A focused effort will be made to help students identify topics that they can develop into grants in the spring term. Grading will be based on participation and individual work.

Guided Proposal Development (MBIOL 6300): To prepare students for their thesis research, prelims, and qualifying exams, we will offer a guided proposal preparation course in the second half of the Spring semester that builds on their experience earlier in the semester (critical thinking in research, reading of primary literature and problem solving). The guided proposal writing course will provide an opportunity for students to create an original research proposal by critical review of other grants, training in hypothesis generation, scientific writing, and experimental design. The written original grant proposal will be used as a basis for an oral qualifying examination by a faculty committee.

Grant Writing (MDCRC 6450): This course covers the entire preparation of an NIH grant, including aims and hypotheses, significance and innovation and research plan, bio sketches, and supporting appendices. Students will write a grant using the NIH format and critique classmates’ grants using the NIH CSR review templates. Note: Students should ideally be in the process of writing a health-related research grant during the semester-long course

Hypothesis Design & Scientific Writing (PATH 7150): This class is targeted to second year pathology graduate students. The course will develop hypothesis design and scientific writing skills and is based on the format of an F30 / F31 application. This course provides a guided writing opportunity to complete an application for submission to the NIH (if you are eligible—US citizens / permanent residents) or similar. In addition to grant writing, students will learn about how to submit grants through OSP. The class will guide you through the different sections that are required to complete for an F31 application, including what is required in the your mentor’s statement. You will receive feedback on your draft proposals from faculty and your fellow classmates. You will participate in a mock study section to gain insight into how grants are reviewed. You should also have passed your qualifying exam and be starting to develop your own research project.

BIOL 7306 – Writing Scientific Proposals

WRTG 7080 – Writing in the Health Sciences

NURS 7206 – Introduction to Grantsmanship


Research Education (REd) Grant Writing Workshops: NSF – not specific for fellowships

Research Education (REd) Grant Writing Workshops: NIH – not specific for fellowships

Research Education (REd) Grant Writing Workshop: Foundations & Charities

Getting Your Fellowship Funded (Suzi Mansour & Gary Schoenwolf)

Additional Resources

Health Sciences Graduate Writing Center in EHSL

The Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk Program in the Department Of Communication, University of Utah

Natural History Museum of Utah Science Fellows