SWOG Virtual Grant Writing Workshop

Grants underlie most cancer research. Increased competition for fewer resources means the success rate for federal grant applications has dropped significantly. This drop is especially worrisome when we think about what it means for our younger investigators, who are trying to build a successful research career.

This virtual grant-writing workshop is designed for new and young investigators preparing for future grant submissions, including career development awards (i.e., K awards, K equivalents) and pilot/research grants (i.e., R03, R21, etc.).

Investigators will participate in bi-weekly sessions over a 6-week period, including didactic lectures on grantsmanship and biostatistics, peer review sessions, and tips on how to complete various grant sections. There will be direct verbal feedback from peer reviewers with expertise in various research fields and experience in successful grant-writing, as well as access to biostatistical support. Before starting the course, participants will need to provide the grant mechanism and grant deadline, as well as working title for their proposal.

Sessions will include:

  • Introduction to grant writing
  • Presentation of specific aims
  • Discussion of research plan/Biostatistics
  • Peer review of research strategy
  • Discussion of career development plan/other grant sections
  • Peer review of full grant

Deadline to Apply (Extended): Monday, June 1, 2020
Next course start: Summer 2020

The SWOG Grant Writing Workshop is led SWOG investigator Dr. Katherine Crew at Columbia University Medical Center. Other participating faculty will be invited to participate based on applicant areas of interest and grant mechanisms.


  • Applicants must be faculty members at a SWOG institution OR at a member institution within the National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN).
  • Clinical Instructor/Lecturer appointments are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be actively preparing a grant (CDA or Pilot/Research) for submission within 2020-21.

SWOG/Hope Grant Writing Workshop Application

The Error Correction Window is 48 hours from time of submission. Should the due date fall on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is automatically extended to next business day. In case of emergency situation or extreme weather, documentation of institutional closing should be sent along with application, which must be received by 5pm local time on the first business day that the institution is open. Late submissions will not be accepted but will be referred to the next award cycle.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Please include: a) grant writing experience, b) research experience with SWOG/NCTN/NCORP or plans for future involvement, c) goals for participating in this course
  • Accepted file types: pdf.