Grantsmanship Workshop

June 28 - 29, 2017   |   Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center

About the Workshop

The IFAS Dean for Research Office is pleased to announce the 2017 Grantsmanship Workshop. The workshops will introduce participants to:

  • Key personnel that are part of the UF research review and approval process and the research compliance process
  • Experienced IFAS faculty who have demonstrated success with grant writing
  • Tips and techniques to “Write Winning Grant Proposals” & applying to the “NSF CAREER Award”

This two-day event has limited capacity and is initially open to IFAS faculty and post docs. On May 10, any remaining spots will open to IFAS personnel who assist with the grant writing process, as well as non-IFAS faculty.

"Write Winning Grant Proposals"

This widely acclaimed seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. It is designed for participants who have had some exposure to writing grant applications, either through training / mentoring or personal experience. Emphasis is given to such things as idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers. All participants receive an extensive handout, as well as a field-relevant copy of The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook.

Note: During the registration process, participants will make their workbook selection for one of the following: NIH, NSF, USDA-NIFA, or Any Other Agency. View sample pages of each workbook by clicking the workbook images located here.

Important: Do not purchase a workbook, one is included with your registration.


Individuals who attend the “Write Winning Grant Proposals" seminar, may also register for the full workshop and attend the “NSF CAREER Award”. The NSF Career Award content is about a special “spin” and important deviations from the main set of strategies/format taught in the “Write Winning Grant Proposals” seminar.

The purpose of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award is to create participants who will use their research to attract and motivate students to learn better. It is a very prestigious award. Acquisition of a CAREER Award is particularly distinguishing in the developing career of an assistant professor, which is why so many apply for it – most without success. The principal reason for failure is lack of understanding of how the application must be written, which is what this seminar teaches. All participants receive an extensive handout.

Note: Participants attending this seminar may consider selecting the NSF version of The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook for their workbook choice. See samples under “Write Winning Grant Proposals”


John D. Robertson

Dr. Robertson received his doctoral degree in 1999 from The University of Texas at Austin in pharmacology and toxicology. From 1999-2003 he served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He then went to the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2004 where he was a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics, and an associate member of the University of Kansas Cancer Center. In 2010 he was recruited to teach grantsmanship by Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops.

Dr. Robertson has been the recipient of competitive extramural funding from the NIH and non-federal sources. He has authored 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters. He’s been a member of grant review panels, a reviewer for biomedical journals, and served on editorial boards. In addition, he has been routinely recognized for excellence in teaching.

View Workshop Agenda


  • UF Panel Discussions and "Write Winning Grant Proposals" includes: Participation in UF Panel Discussions and "Write Winning Grant Proposals” seminar, a bound handout, and a field-relevant copy of The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook, daily light morning snacks, Wednesday lunch and reception.
  • FULL Workshop includes: Full Participation in UF Panel Discussions, "Write Winning Grant Proposals" & "NSF CAREER Award" seminars, a bound handout for each seminar, one field-relevant copy of The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook, daily light morning snacks, Wednesday lunch and reception, and daily afternoon beverages.
    • IFAS Participants are encourage to register by May 10th.
      Registration for non-IFAS participants will open May 10th based on availability.
    • Registration will close either June 9th or once the workshop fills.
    • Advance payment is required to participate. Registration will NOT be available at the workshop.

IFAS Participants

UF Panel Discussions & "Write Winning Grant Proposals" Full Workshop
(Includes "NSF CAREER Award")

$100.00 $150.00

Non-IFAS Participants

UF Panel Discussions & "Write Winning Grant Proposals" Full Workshop
(Includes "NSF CAREER Award")

$225.00 $350.00

Refund Policy

Requests for registration refunds will be honored if a written notification of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences & Institutes on or before May 24, 2017. A $35.00 processing fee will be deducted from all registration refunds. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellations after May 24, 2017. If you would like to request a substitution, please email Kim Brand, or call (352) 392-5930 no later than May 24, 2017.

Special Needs

Participants with special needs (such as visual, hearing or walking impairments) of registered attendees can be reasonably accommodated if they contact the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 10 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone 1-352-392-5930, by fax 1-352-392-4044, by email, or by calling 711 TTY/TDD.

Registration is now closed

Registration Information

Note: Workshop capacity is limited.

May 10

Registration opens for Non-IFAS participation. (IFAS attendees encouraged to register before this date.)

June 9

Registration will close by this date or when course fills. Registration will not be available at the event.

Location & Parking Information

Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center
Located on the UF Campus

2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611

Important: Direction and Parking Information


Participants requiring accommodations may take advantage of the UF/IFAS Discounted Room Rates in Gainesville available at many nearby properties.


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