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Autumn 2024

Grant Writing Program

for Clinicians and Junior Faculty

Grant Writing Program for Clinicians and Junior Faculty | Autumn 2024

We are pleased to offer a course, supported by ITHS, the UW School of Medicine and the UW School of Public Health, on grant writing for clinical and non-clinical new investigators. The Grant Writing Program is a 12-week course for junior faculty and post-docs developed by by Annette Fitzpatrick and Larry Kessler. At the end of this program, participants are expected to have developed a completely written grant in the final stages to be submitted to a funding organization. The course will concentrate on both investigator-initiated (similar to R-type grants to NIH) and career-development grants (similar to K-type grants).


This 12-week course will meet on Wednesdays from 3:00–5:00 PM Pacific beginning September 11 through December 4 with a final mock study section to be held during the week of December 9 (dates to be decided). Note that there are 11 class sessions as there is no class during Thanksgiving week nor for the evening before the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

The course will be online via Zoom and attendance at the class time is required with a few exceptions, such as religious holidays. All classes will be recorded. Please note that a large part of the value of the course comes from peer-to-peer interactions and review of grant ideas and development of the proposal.

Download the draft course schedule here.


The course cost is $3,300 per enrollee. This is payable at the time the course starts to a budget from the Department of Health Systems and Population Health, School of Public Health, UW.

A limited number of matching funds will be available from ITHS. Please do let the instructors know if your department would like to ask for matching funds. We are only able to accommodate 4 requests this year.


Early career faculty and postdocs at ITHS Partner Institutions, including the University of Washington, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and other academic institutions affiliated with the University of Washington through the ITHS in the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) region are welcome to apply.

Participant Expectations

Writing a full R or K grant in 3 months is a huge challenge. Potential participants must realize that a significant time commitment is required.  The course and independent writing will take an average of 10-12 hours per week for the entire course.

Mentor Expectations

  • We require the mentor to review the work of their mentee and provide written feedback to the course participant as the grant is developed.
  • Mentors should plan to attend one hour of one of the 4-hour mock study sections at the end of the course, this year the week of December 9. We ask that the mentors plan to attend for a full hour during the session in which their mentee’s proposal is being critiqued. They should participate as they would in an NIH study section.

Candidate Selection

16 total participants will be admitted into the course following a review of candidate qualifications, topic of the proposal, and mentor’s letter of support.

How to Apply

Please send the following items to &

  • In the body of the email: Provide a paragraph (or two) about your background and qualifications for taking the course;
  • Also include the objectives of the grant;
  • Attached to the email: Mentor Letter of Support agreeing to the Mentor Expectations Above

Deadline to Send Materials: May 31st