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SWOG Offers a Virtual Grant Writing Workshop

Jan 16, 2015 - Grants underlie most cancer research. Increased competition for fewer resources means the success rate for federal grant applications has dropped significantly. This drop is especially worrisome when we think about what it means for our younger investigators, who are trying to build a successful research career.

To help our researchers maximize their chances of successfully obtaining grant funding, SWOG and The Hope Foundation are offering a virtual Grant Writing Workshop, consisting of ten weekly sessions of 60 - 90 minutes each. The first workshop will run from March through April under the direction of Dr. Katherine Crew from Columbia University. The application deadline for the virtual Grant Writing Workshop is February 15, 2015. See the program page for details.

Who can apply to participate? Any faculty member (including clinical instructors and lecturers) at a SWOG institution who is preparing to apply for a 2015 career development award, or a pilot or research grant. Preference will be given to applicants who are active in SWOG committees or other research initiatives.

Dr. Crew will lead the Workshop, inviting additional faculty to contribute based on applicants' areas of interest and the particular grant programs they are applying to. Sessions will include lectures on grantsmanship and biostatistics, discussions on how to approach specific sections of an application, and peer review of in-process applications with feedback from researchers with a range of expertise.

Dr. Crew has taken part in a similar workshop at Columbia, aimed at their hematology-oncology fellows. There is no doubt it helped them develop their research focus and improve their scientific writing. She notes that since the Columbia workshop was initiated in 2009, eight of their fellows have gone on to earn ASCO Young Investigator Awards.

The virtual Grant Writing Workshop is only the most recent of several new opportunities for SWOG members, sponsored by our own Hope Foundation. The many Hope offerings are detailed on the Foundation website at thehopefoundation.org. Check it out!


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