Grant Writing Seminars

 Planning and Writing Successful Grant Proposals: A Virtual Seminar in Four Parts

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University is pleased to offer this virtual seminar presented by Dr. M. S. (Peg) AtKisson of AtKisson Training Group. This comprehensive grant writing seminar will be presented virtually in four parts, two hours each, over 4 weeks.

Seminar Dates:

March 7, 2022, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT
March 14, 2022, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT
March 21, 2022, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT
March 28, 2022, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT

Note that this year there will not be recordings available after the event.

The sessions combine lecture format and activities and will cover a breadth of potential funding targets. The sessions are designed to convey the fundamentals of proposal writing — concepts backed up with concrete tips and operational strategies — while also providing tools for planning and longer-term sustainability.

Part One will cover assessing readiness, identifying funder priorities, and setting timelines for crafting the submission. Part Two will dive deeply into the all-important first page of the proposal - the NIH Specific Aims page, NSF or USDA Overview, or the opening page of any proposal to any funder. Part Three will address clear and compelling ways to present the preliminary data, the foundational literature, and the research plan using concrete writing strategies. Part Four will outline additional pieces of a proposal, including title and abstract, budgets, and writing style.

All participants will receive a digital version of the handout and ATG's Handbook for Planning and Writing Successful Grant Proposals. The Handbook is designed to accompany the seminar and includes in-depth discussion of the grant writing process, starting with the early stages of planning your project. Read the Handbook Introduction.

At the conclusion of this virtual seminar series, faculty researchers should come away with a broader understanding of the grant planning, writing, and review process, the ability to make less arbitrary and more informed writing decisions, and an understanding of the network of research support at their universities.

The seminar series is open to all full-time Baylor faculty members, postdoctoral researchers and research staff.


 STEM Graduate Student Grant Writing Seminar


The seminars are open to all graduate students enrolled in a Baylor University STEM program.


Steve Driese is Professor of Geosciences and currently serves as Associate Dean for Research in the Graduate School. He has offered the Grant-Writing Seminar once annually in the fall since 2006 at Baylor University.

Bill Hockaday, Associate Professor of Geosciences, is the co-instructor.

STEM Graduate Student Grant Writing Seminar

Fall Semester (2 sections)

This two-hour course offered for all STEM graduate students offered as GEO 5222 by S.G. Driese: emphasizes the development of grant-writing skills, preparation of an NSF-style Ph.D. dissertation proposal and PowerPoint presentation and submission of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program application.


To register, please contact Paulette Penney at or 254-710-2361 to receive your permit for course registration. Enrollment is limited to 10 students per section.