Training Opportunities

NIH Proposal Writing Workshop for Engineers:  Fall 2022

Marcie O'Malley, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, in conjunction with the Office of Proposal Development, invites Engineering faculty and research scientists to register for a new NIH Proposal Writing Workshop for Engineers. 

Workshop Benefits

During this nine-week workshop, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Obtain a solid overview of NIH, including its mission, goals, and strategic plan and funding priorities for FY 2021-2025.
  • Learn the key differences between NIH and NSF proposals.
  • Recognize how proposals differ from journal articles.
  • Familiarize yourself with the entire proposal writing process.
  • Prioritize your proposal.
  • Write and revise a specific aims section and research plan and obtain detailed feedback on these critical documents from your peers in the workshop and from an OPD proposal development specialist.
  • Analyze strategies and techniques others use to present their projects.
  • Understand rigor and reproducibility in NIH proposals.
  • Understand the NIH review process.
  • Work in a positive, interdisciplinary, and collaborative environment.
  • Meet potential collaborators for future projects.

Eligible Participants:

Engineering faculty and research scientists of all ranks are eligible to apply.  

Workshop Dates, Times, and Location

There will be two introductory meetings, each on a different topic:

  • Wednesday, September 14, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Tools of the Trade:  NIH
  • Thursday, September 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — NIH for NSF Researchers

All subsequent workshop meetings will be focused on peer reviews and will take place on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from October 6 to November 10.  All workshop meetings will be held in Cambridge Office Building, Room 110.  Lunch will be provided.

Registration Deadline

Interested faculty must register to participate in the workshop series. 

  • To register, simply complete and submit the registration form no later than 11:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12
  • Interested faculty are also strongly encouraged to e-mail a short (max one-page) specific aims page or summary of your proposed research project to Phyllis McBride at  by the same deadline, Monday, September 12.


If you have questions, please contact Phyllis McBride at or Molly Slattery at

We look forward to having you join us in the workshop!