Preparing an NIH F-Series Grant Application

Why apply to fellowships? How do you best describe you and your project to secure funding? What are the NIH F-series grants, and how do you apply to them? This workshop prepares pre- and postdoctoral students for the upcoming NIH deadline and provides the additional opportunity for personal consultations on draft proposals.

This workshop will include three one-hour didactic seminars that walk participants through the process of preparing and writing an NIH F-series grant application. It is being offered on a schedule designed to help participants meet the April 10, 2023 NIH deadline. In addition to the seminars, up to eight participants may also sign up to work alongside the seminars to prepare their own proposal and submit drafts to be discussed with the instructor in three, one-on-one consultations. These consultations will be 30-60 minutes in length and be scheduled during the week after each seminar.

Dates & Location

Dates: Tuesdays, February 14th – 28th,11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Course cap: 25 for seminar-only; 8 for those who will participate in personal consultations
Course Fee: $10 for seminar-only; $25 for those who will also participate in personal consultations

Session Descriptions

Getting started

  • Parts of the application
  • Identifying your central objective and points of emphasis
  • Generating an outline
  • The Specific Aims page

Writing the Research Strategy

  • Significance and Innovation
  • Approach
  • Figure design

Writing the Fellowship Application

  • Writing about yourself
  • Writing about your training environment
  • General grantsmanship

About the Instructor

Gabrielle earned her degree in neuroscience from the University of Chicago in 2010. Following a short postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University, she transitioned to the scientific communications field and founded Red Pen Scientific. She now uses her highly developed skills in writing, oral presentation, and data visualization, to help other scientist communicate their ideas clearly and effectively.


About Red Pen Scientific, Inc.

Red Pen Scientific, Inc. is a consulting firm specializing in scientific communications support for biomedical researchers. Over the past 11 years, we have helped clients maximize the impact of their written and verbal communications. Services include strategic planning and funding assessments to determine the best approach to support a research plan; writing help and coaching for grant applications, manuscripts, posters, or oral presentations; informed and experienced pre-submission review of applications and manuscripts; and project management support for larger or more complicated projects. Our experience includes grants submitted to NIH, NSF, DoD, and private foundations, as well as manuscripts submitted to top-tier journals. Visit the website to learn more.

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