About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for SCIENTIFIC GRANT WRITING (260.625.01), a course offered by the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Covers the critical components of a scientific grant application, common errors in grantsmanship and how to avoid them, grant application review criteria, ethics related to grant writing and reviewing, and identification of funding sources. Students prepare a short (6-page) proposal and a revision of this same proposal following review. Proposal topics are selected by the student and developed with the instructor. Students also prepare critiques of classmates’ anonymous, instructor-edited proposals for discussion in class.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • identify essential components of hypothesis-driven research plans,
  • construct a compelling proposal that reviewers can appreciate,
  • gain grantsmanship skills by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of other proposals,
  • experience the strengths and caveats of a peer-review system

Course Time

Wed   3:30 PM to 4:50 PM

Course Faculty
Intended Audience

PhD/Masters students in the bench sciences, but other participating disciplines include clinical research investigators, epidemiology, other.

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on completion of a well-developed proposal and constructive critiques of other’s proposals.

Grading Restrictions: Pass and Fail

Administrative Contact

Marie Hardwick
E-mail: mhardwic@jhsph.edu