Summer BOOT CAMP (CUPC’s Grant Writing Workshop)
Want to learn more about the proposal submission process? Receive timely
feedback from experienced senior researchers and colleagues on each component
of your proposal? Take that project idea you’ve had for a while and turn it in to an
award-winning grant? Then the Summer Boot Camp is designed for you!
What is the Boot Camp?
CUPC designed the boot camp to provide participants with insights into the basic
workings of NIH and its funding mechanisms, as well as the process that NIH
follows for reviewing and scoring proposal submissions. The bulk of the time is
spent helping participants in developing clear and compelling Specific Aims,
Significance, Innovation, and Approach sections. We’ve tailored the boot camp
toward NIH applications but will work with scholars who are applying to other
funding agencies too (e.g., NSF, Foundations). We will prioritize applications that
broadly focus on areas of demography, population and reproductive health,
migration and population distribution, and environmental demography. The
instructors of the course have significant experience serving as NIH reviewers and
submitting proposals of many different types (e.g., R03, R21, R13, R01, T32, etc.
to NIH). We will meet four times throughout the summer, beginning in early June
over ZOOM, roughly every 2-3 weeks. The schedule will accommodate as many
participants as possible.
Who should apply?
We aim to support faculty, post-docs, and graduate students who are interested in
submitting a grant proposal. The boot camp is useful for participants at diverse
stages of proposal development but will be most useful for those who are prepared
to spend a substantial amount of time throughout the summer working on their
How to apply?
Submit an abstract (1-2 paragraphs) for your proposal to the CUPC Development
Directors: Patrick Krueger (Patrick.firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jason Boardman
(email@example.com) by mid-May. Describe your key research questions and
data sources you hope to use. Note the funding agency you’re targeting and
planned submission date, if available.
A syllabus will be provided prior to the start of the sessions, which includes
homework assignment(s) too.