Advanced Course in Grant Writing


In this intensive, four-part course, you'll get hands-on experience in preparing a grant application for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) or other funding institution. Led by a faculty member with expertise in preparing and submitting grants, this course provides insight into the entire grant preparation process and includes a personalized review of your proposal. Participants are selected through a competitive application process. You’ll leave equipped with a polished grant proposal as a principal investigator.

Learning objectives

  • Articulate the elements of an effective grant proposal.
  • Produce a quality study design, supported by a well justified budget and a realistic timeline.
  • Write a grant proposal for the intended audience in compliance with grant instructions, and demonstrate the mechanics and logic of effective expository writing.
  • Describe the components and psychology of the grant review process.

CME Credit Information

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™.

Applicant criteria

The course is open to all subspecialties in radiology, radiation oncology and nuclear medicine. Successful applicants must:

  • Have no previous funding as a principal investigator on an NIH- or NSF-funded project.
  • Hold an MD or PhD and be a faculty member.
  • Have the support of the department chair including release time to attend the course sessions and time to complete assignments.
  • Have a viable research idea that matches current research priorities.
  • Have a mentor who is willing to provide written input on the proposal-in-progress.


Session I: October 2-3, 2020 
Session II: January 22-23, 2021
Session III: March 12-13, 2021
Session IV: April 16-17, 2021 

The primary consideration for RSNA is the health and safety of all who are a part of our community. We understand the long-term impact COVID-19 has taken on travel and in-person meetings, and are developing plans to convert Session I to a virtual format, if necessary. Any change of plans will be communicated to all applicants.


RSNA headquarters, 820 Jorie Blvd. Suite 200, Oak Brook, Illinois

Application process

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020-2021 workshops. Participants are responsible for air travel and ground transportation to the course site. RSNA will provide hotel accommodations for two nights and meals during each session. There is no separate fee for this course.

Application deadline extended: August 15
Participants must be RSNA members at the time of the program.

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