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Writing Club

This is one of our most popular training models and the optimal model for grantsmanship training for a cohort of grantees actively working on their own K- or R-series application.

Our goal is not to improve a single submission but to improve a researcher’s skill as a grantee, mentor, and reviewer. This approach leads to better odds of funding on all submissions going forward. Once a cohort receives my comprehensive training, they may serve as mentors and reviewers for others within your university or medical center.

Writing clubs consist of 8 to 12 grantees chosen by you. We will advise you on strategies to select grantees who are poised to make the most of the writing club.

The writing club combines the comprehensive, multi-modal approach we use for all 1:1 grantees together with cohort learning.

This approach includes:

  • Writing club virtual kickoff meeting
  • 1:1 mentoring, emphasizing preparatory steps before writing
  • Line-by-line editing of Specific Aims page, Research Strategy, and Biosketch; if applicable, Introduction, Candidate Section
  • Peer editing of major narrative sections
  • Two full years of access to select NIH grantwriting virtual courses, packed with actionable tips, templates, and samples
  • Step-by-step instructions and checklists, with progress tracked in a learning management system 
  • Reminders and interim deadlines to help pace grantees to deadline
  • Access to every other week live member Q & A with Dr. Bouvier and colleagues
  • A shared folder of anonymized writing samples from the group, to inform the writing of future submissions
  • After the review, a discussion of Summary Statements and next steps, and edit to Introduction to the Revised Application
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