Grant Writing Workshop

EPI 258 Winter 2021 (3 units)
Course Director: Erin Van Blarigan, ScD
Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Urology
Course Director: Amy Conroy, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine


Clarify early investigators’ research and career goals and learn the components of National Institutes of Health (NIH) training grants. By the end of the quarter, the students will have written a clear set of Specific Aims and drafted the Significance, Approach, and Training sections of a NIH training grant and created their Biosketch. Assignments include writing, reviewing, and completing activities to support participants’ submission of a grant application.


A reasonably well formed research idea and mentoring team. A research background with some publications is needed for a competitive training grant applicant.

Course Directors:

Erin Van Blarigan, ScD
Phone: 415-476-1111 ext 13608 (vm only)


Amy Conroy, PhD
Phone: 415-476-6021


Lecture and discussion. Each class will include required reading and homeworks. Sessions will take place on Wednesdays, 1:10 PM-3:00 PM, Jan. 6 to Mar. 17.


None required.

Recommended: The Grant Application Writers’ Workbook by S.W. Russell and D.C. Morrison. Seminars and Workshops, LLC. 2010. Available on reserve at the Parnassus library: R853.C55 D47 2007

Books may be purchased either through the publisher or a variety of commercial venues (e.g.,


Assignments during the course will include writing and revising sections of a training grant (e.g., Specific Aims, Significance, Innovation, Candidate Statement, Training Plan). Assignments will also include readings, conducting peer reviews of classmates’ writing, and communicating with sponsors and program officials.

Student grades will be based on:

  • Completion and quality of assignments (80%)
  • Class participation (20%)

UCSF Graduate Division Policy on Disabilities


EPI 258 is very limited in enrollment. Preference is given to students in the Epidemiology and Translational Science PhD Program and the Training in Clinical Research Program.

To apply for this course, please fill out and submit the application below. Course fees are covered by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The deadline for application is December 21, 2020. Only one application needs to be completed for all courses desired during the quarter.

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