Grant Writing Workshop

The ASBMB's Interactive Mentoring Activities for Grantsmanship Enhancement (IMAGE) grant writing workshop is for assistant professors and postdoctoral scientists that are preparing to transition into an independent faculty position.

2016 Workshop: July 14 - 16, 2016. Washington, D.C.  (Promotional Flier)

The application deadline for the 2016 workshop has passed. Applications for the 2017 workshop will open in Spring 2017.

Quotes from Previous Participants:

"Inspired by the workshop, I have a “living” 5-year plan document that, in addition to keeping on track with administration, has helped me organize my overarching plans into something that is tangible." Benjamin Swarts, Assistant Professor, Central Michigan University

"The workshop was incredibly helpful and got me thinking about some important points that I needed to include in my grants.”  Nick Grossoehme, Assistant Professor, Winthrop University 

"The comments, feedback and advice I received at the workshop were very helpful, and I am glad I attended the workshop before starting preparing my first NIH grant application.”  Patricia Silveyra, Assistant Professor, Penn State University

Key features of the workshop include: 
  • Talks by NSF Program Directors about funding opportunities and strategies for successful proposal submission
  • Real time, constructive feedback on potential research proposals
  • A mock review panel to provide insight into the grant review process
  • Presentations on best practices for crafting a logical research plan and a creative broader impact statement
  • Practical advice on work-life balance, navigating academia and positioning your research program for sustained success
  • Networking with mentors, NSF Program Directors, and previous participants that have successfully been awarded funding
  • Access to an interactive, web-based forum for interacting with past and future participants and learning about new funding opportunities
  • Post-workshop one-on-one mentoring with a senior, funded ASBMB member

Agenda: The agenda for the 2016 workshop is available here

Registration Fee and Other Expenses:

Thanks to funding from the NSF and the ASBMB, there is no registration fee for the 2016 workshop. Group meals are included as part of the workshop. However, applicants must provide a letter of support from their department chair or PI stating that they will cover travel and accommodation expenses.


The 2016 workshop will take place at the Westin Georgetown Hotel in Washington, D.C. 


The hotel is three blocks from Foggy Bottom Metro Station, which is on the blue, silver and orange lines. Directions from Foggy Bottom Station to the hotel are available here. The closest airport is Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), and there is a blue line metro station at the airport. Alternatively, Dulles International Airport (IAD) is 60-90 minutes away by cab or bus/metro (directions). Metro schedules and prices are available on the D.C. metro trip planner.

Note: DC Metro recently announced extensive maintenance work on the blue and yellow metro lines connecting Reagan National Airport to Foggy Bottom and downtown DC. During the workshop, trains on the blue and yellow lines will run less frequently than usual and there will be a replacement shuttle bus in operation between the National Airport and Pentagon City stations. Please allow extra time for your journey if traveling by metro. Up-to-date information is available on the DC Metro website

Parking in the Georgetown area is extremely limited. Self parking is available at the hotel for an additional fee. 

If you have questions about the workshop, please contact