Grant Writing Workshop

Fall 2022 Duke Roybal Grant Writing Seminar Series – Call for Applications

Fall 2022 Grant Writing Seminar Series for Behavioral Interventions & Aging

The Duke Roybal Center (NIA P30AG064201) aims to catalyze researchers across disciplines to develop, test and implement innovative behavioral interventions grounded in behavioral or social science principles to promote independent living of older adults and adults at risk for disability. Duke is one of 15 institutions in the NIH-funded Roybal Center program that has a goal for translation and integration of basic behavioral and social research findings into interventions to improve the lives of older people and the capacity of institutions to adapt to societal aging.

The Roybal Center is inviting investigators to apply for an 8-week virtual grant writing seminar series. Application, review and selection is ongoing until the August 1st deadline or capacity is reached. Limited ‘seats’ are available.

What will be provided:

  • supportive environment that will help participants break grant writing into manageable steps and to practice and receive feedback at each step.
  • direct, frequent, and intensive guidance and training to develop skills in grant writing
  • guidance on dealing with common issues related to grant writing (i.e., time management, work style), writing practice, access to expert consultations, and supportive feedback.
  • direction for proposing behavioral intervention development, testing, or implementation
  • meet the participant wherever they are in their grant writing journey and to share lessons learned relevant to
    • intervention development and adaptation: focus groups, individual interviews, user-centered design, outcome products
    • pilot testing a developed intervention with outcomes such as feasibility, acceptability, safety, and preliminary efficacy
    • larger and pragmatic behavioral intervention trials
    • implementation-effective studies

What to expect:

Participants can expect to have an abbreviated draft of a behavioral intervention grant proposal by the end of the eight weeks and will participate in a mock review to receive feedback on their grant proposal.

Who is eligible:

  • Post-doctoral fellows, medical instructors, and faculty at any rank eligible to serve as principal investigator
  • Priority will be given to individuals aiming for early 2023 submissions for R-level awards

When to participate:

Participants are expected to plan to attend all grant seminar meetings and to work on their project in the week between meetings. The seminars will start on Tuesday, September 13th, 2022 and run for 8 weeks on Tuesdays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

September 2022 dates required: October 2022 dates required: Mock Review:
September 13th October 4th November 8th
September 20th October 11th
September 27th October 18th No meeting on November 1st
October 25th

There will be no meeting on November 1st to allow time for reviewers to prepare for the November 8th Mock Review

How to apply:

  • Qualtrics Application that includes the following:
    • Summary of your training and experience (5-6 sentences) in the area of behavioral intervention development and/or promoting functional independence of older adults or adults at risk for disability.
    • Brief synopsis (5-6 sentences; e.g., significance, study aims) of a project in the area of interest that you will use to develop a grant application during your training in the Roybal grant writing seminar.
    • Relevance (2-3 sentences) of your intended work to the Duke Roybal Center theme of aging and functional independence.
    • Written statement (1 sentence) indicating your commitment to attend all eight sessions (see dates above)
  • NIH-style biosketch (5-pg maximum).

Application Due:

Please complete the Qualtrics application by 5pm on August 1st, 2022. We expect to make decisions no later than August 19th, 2022.

Please reach out to Timothy Strauman,, with any questions.