Grant Writing Workshop

Grant Writing Seminar Focusing on Behavioral Interventions & Aging

Fall 2020

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. The theme of the Duke Roybal Center is to accelerate translational behavioral intervention research on aging and functional independence.

The Roybal Center is seeking applications for an 8-week seminar on grant writing related to behavioral intervention development, testing, and implementation.

Our Grant Writing Seminar will provide participants with direct, frequent, and intensive guidance and training to develop skills in grant writing for behavioral intervention development, testing, and implementation. This course will focus on training needs for investigators writing early pilot level behavioral intervention grants and larger intervention grants (i.e., randomized controlled trial or other designs). Our goal is to meet the participant wherever they are in their grant writing journey and to share lessons learned relevant to a) intervention development: focus groups, individual interviews, outcome products; b) pilot testing a developed intervention with outcomes such as feasibility, acceptability, safety, and preliminary efficacy; and/or c) larger behavioral intervention trials. We aim to create a supportive environment that will help participants break grant writing into manageable steps and to practice and receive feedback at each step. We will provide the following: 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. 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.

Content of Grant Seminar Application:

To apply, send the following:

  • One page 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 facing disease.
    • 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 below)
  • NIH-style biosketch (5-pg maximum).

Grant Seminar Times:

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 8, 2020 and run for 8 weeks on Tuesdays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

Application Due:

Please send your completed application in one PDF document jessalyn.byrd@duke.edu by 5pm on July 1, 2020. We expect to make decisions by August 3, 2020.

Please reach out to Jessie Byrd, Roybal Center Coordinator (jessalyn.byrd@duke.edu) with any questions.