Grant Writing: Prospects, Pearls, and Pitfalls

Organizers: Richard L. Ehman, M.D., Mark A. van Buchem, M.D., Ph.D.
Skill Level: Intermediate

Monday 5 May 2008


This two-hour course includes short updates describing some of the most promising grant funding opportunities for MRI researchers. Speakers will describe strategies for writing successful grant applications, avoiding the most common pitfalls, moving forward after an unsuccessful application, and understanding the perspective of referees.  The final part of the session will be a moderated panel discussion to elicit helpful "pearls" from the experienced speakers and to respond to audience questions.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the most important grant funding opportunities that are available for MR researchers in  the US and Europe;
  • Describe key elements and strategies for preparing successful research proposals;
  • Describe how to move forward after an unsuccessful application; and
  • Explain the perspective of grant reviewers.
  • Audience Description:

    This course is designed for MR scientists, clinicians, fellows and students who are interested in learning how to write successful grant applications.

    14:00 Opening Comments  
    14:05 Grant Prospects for MRI Research: National Institutes of Health Belinda Seto, Ph.D.
    14:30 Grant Prospects for MRI Research: European Union Koos Geleijns, Ph.D.
    14:45 Critical Elements of a Successful Grant Proposal Charles A. Mistretta, Ph.D.
    15:15 Strategies for Moving Forward after an Unsuccessful Grant Application Richard L. Ehman, M.D.
    15:30 Panel Discussion  
    16:00 Adjournment