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.


Accreditation and Designation Statements

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The RSNA designates this live CME activity for a maximum of 50.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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 (Virtual)
Session II: January 22-23, 2021 (Virtual)
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 have decided to convert Session I and II into a virtual format. We are hopeful that Sessions III and IV will be held in-person at RSNA Headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, but will continue to monitor the situation. Any change of plans will be communicated to all applicants.


Application process

The application deadline for 2020-21 has passed. Applications for next year’s workshop will be available by March 2021.



Please direct all workshop questions to and we will be happy to assist you.