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Grantsmanship for the Research Professional

  • Course: PHIL_NP 380-0: Grantsmanship for the Research Professional
  • School and Program: Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations—Professional Development (Non-degree), School of Professional Studies (SPS), Northwestern University
  • Instructor: Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, Adjunct Senior Instructor (
  • Dates: Thursday and Friday, December 3-4
  • Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST (Zoom meeting will open at 8:30AM CST) 
  • Instruction time: ~12hrs over two days
  • Tuition*: $695.00
  • Location: Canvas course site and Zoom (registrants will receive a link to the Canvas site, Zoom information available on Canvas)
  • Class Capacity: 25 participants
  • Grade: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (you must attend both days to receive a Satisfactory grade, otherwise Incomplete)
  • Registration**:  Registration for all School of Professional Studies courses is handled through the Northwestern University registration system, CAESAR. CAESAR Course: 2020FA_PHIL_NP_380-0_SEC45; Course ID: 19112. After you’ve registered, please email the Instructor at to confirm that you’re on the roster and are given access to the course Canvas site to set up notifications and access course materials.

Grantsmanship for the Research Professional is a two-day executive education-style workshop that offers a comprehensive foundation covering skills associated with effective grant opportunity identification, proposal preparation, grant review process, and team science. The course covers:

  • Strategies for developing grant proposals that support both hypothesis-driven and need-based research activities;
  • Funding agencies and funding opportunity identification across the government (emphasis on NIH, NSF and other federal funders), corporate, and foundation sectors;
  • Proposal review process and reviewer-centric grantsmanship;
  • Proposal planning, proposal components, and writing the specific aims and project narrative sections;
  • Budget development;
  • Proposal submission and post-award primer; and,
  • Team Science

The course is designed for:

  • Professionals at Research Universities, Research Institutes, and Hospitals;
  • Researchers at all levels (trainees through early career faculty) conducting research in Engineering; Sciences (Biomedical, Health, Clinical, Physical, Natural and Social); Law; and Education;
  • Research Administrators, Research Development Professionals and Research Managers supporting individual researchers and/or teams of investigators;
  • Science Writers;
  • Sponsored Research Grant and Contract Officers involved in pre-award activities


COVID-19: In order to remove a CAESAR registration hold, registrants must read, accept, and submit the “Northwestern University Student Expectations and COVID-19 Code of Conduct” in CAESAR. This process affects all student populations, including Non-Degree/Continuing Education/Non-Credit, regardless of the method of instruction (remote or in-person). For questions about this acknowledgement and surrounding policy visit:

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