How to Write a Proposal for a Grant or Fellowship
A good proposal takes an idea and turns it into a testable hypothesis. Regardless of where your future career plans lie, writing a successful grant or fellowship application is a critical part of maintaining a successful and productive research program. It is equally important for those who work outside of academic research, and you will find that the proposal writing skills we teach you here at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) will be useful in many venues.
Grants and Contracts Office
The Grants and Contracts Office (GCO) oversees the research grant application and award process and provides support to all ISMMS investigators who submit grants and fellowship applications. It establishes and implements internal policies and ensures that activities conform to external guidelines and regulatory policies. Current information regarding sponsorship, policy changes, and funding opportunities is also available as is assistance with all aspects of pre- and post-award administration and management.
First Application Guide
Regardless of the funding source, NIH, other government agency, private foundation, or association, you will have to fill out an application. The paperwork, particularly for government grants can be considerable, so we have developed a guide for you to use in preparing your first application. Please note that all research to be conducted on human subjects also needs to be submitted by the GCO for review by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Postdoc Writing Group
The ISMMS Postdoc Writing Group meets on a biweekly basis and aims to provide a resource for postdocs to get feedback and support around their writing. Postdocs are encouraged to bring their works in progress to the meetings, including grants, manuscripts, abstracts and posters. The group also organizes regular seminars by experts in writing and editing. To learn more, please visit our events page or sign up for the emails.