260.625.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 2 Credit(s)
W 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    J.-Marie Hardwick
  • 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 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 their academic/scientific advisors and the course instructor. Students also prepare critiques of classmates’ anonymous proposals for discussion in class.

  • Intended Audience

    PhD/Masters students in the bench sciences, but typically includes other disciplines (e.g. clinical research, epidemiology, other) and other types of students (MPH students, faculty and staff members).

  • Methods of Assessment

    Student evaluation based on attendence/class participation, completion of a developed/revised proposal document and constructive critiques of other’s proposals.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services
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