Research grant writers (Nih, nsf, dod, doe):

How The 'Implementation Gap' Affects Your Grant Funding

And what to do about it

The Summer of Specific Aims

The Summer of Specific Aims was put together by my team and I specifically to help you to bridge the Implementation Gap, in order to get more writing, thinking, and clarity work done this summer, without the need for hard work. 

Through the accountability and feedback structure, we'll help you stay on track to your goals, with just a few hours of writing work per week. By doing your part, you'll have an NIH Specific Aims page (or Project Summary Page) draft by mid August that's ready for the next steps. 

This positions you perfectly for Fall grant deadlines, such as the NIH R01 deadline on October 5, 2021. You'll have a great head start in your writing and clarity, so that you're not struggling to put something compelling together just as the Fall busy season starts.

We do this through key supports:

Weekly coaching and accountability calls designed to keep you on track
"Homework" assignments designed to clarify your thinking and writing, based on the Grant Dynamo 3 course
Review of your homework assignments (turned in by the deadline) by one of my team
A one-on-one Specific Aims consultation in August so you have a deeper checkpoint about what you've done right - and what needs more work

By giving yourself the gift of an accountability and feedback structure for work on your proposal this summer, you take away much of the procrastination, avoidance, and "I'm too busy" that creates the Implementation Gap. Moreover, you give yourself a support structure, solving one of the major underlying causes of the Gap.

While we can't guarantee you'll have a "perfect" proposal by August (nobody can), we can guarantee that if you join us and do the work each week, you'll be a lot closer to having a great proposal for the Fall.

We look forward to seeing you!

What Your Summer of Specific Aims Enrollment Includes

Access to the full Grant Dynamo 3 Level 1 Course

* Learn an easy-to-follow method based on analyzing what worked in successful proposals 

Weekly accountability and coaching call - Starts June 21

* Keep on track and moving forward

* Get questions answered and see examples LIVE from the class 

* Weekly Calls run June 21st - August 13th. Recordings are available if you miss some. 

Feedback on your progress through the course worksheets. 

* You turn them in, we review them

* We'll select a few of the best examples to share so you have a live guide to follow

A personal specific aims review at the end

* Get direct, incisive feedback on how it is coming together

* Schedule your review before August 31st


The Easiest Grant I Have Ever Written!

“ is totally true that my last R01 was the easiest grant I have ever written and it was fun. Clarity changed the grant from work to flow. It took me 3 months to lock in the specific aims but then The grant just kind of flowed out of me so easily. I actually enjoyed it!”   

-- Lisann Gittner, Researcher

JUNE 21 - AUGUST 31 2021


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Week 1: You, Me, and Your Reviewer

This will cover your reviewer's state of mind, and how the subtleties of what you write may impact that profoundly. It will also show you how to use appropriate research to steer the response in your favor.

Week 2: Unlocking Reviewer Emotion

If you want a strong positive response, your proposal needs to be a story. This module shows you how to do that, breaking it down into the key steps you can follow to increase your chances of enthusiasm, every time.

Week 3: The Grant Story Pivot Point

Here, we address a common challenge: putting together a cohesive Grant Story Funnel that drives to a central, clear point. Often, stories end up wandering around a bit, which confuses everyone. The process of "story deconvolution" to arrive at your Grant Story Pivot Point helps focus the proposal.

Week 4: Reviewer Interest & A Strong Why

The foundational step of your story is a strong "Why The Reader Should Care" - but most people end up using generic, boring, boilerplate - which is the opposite of what you should do. This module breaks down for you exactly what to do, with a plethora of examples to illustrate.

Week 5: Setting the Stage for Trust & Desire

It's easy to rush immediately from the "WHY" into your objective or hypothesis - before the reader is ready for it. This leads to defensive responses (lower scores). It's essential to prime the reviewer so they are excited and ready for your WHAT. This module shows you how to do that, and the mistakes to avoid -- using funded examples.

Week 6: Your Trustworthy What

You may be clear on WHAT you are proposing to do, but conveying that to your reviewer in terms of a clear and compelling Objective or Hypothesis statement is not simple. There are many ways to mess this up and create confusion. This module covers a rigorous, step-by-step method for developing a strong WHAT in your proposal.

Week 7: The Who - You and Your Team

A major facet of your review will be whether you've convinced the reviewers to trust that you and your team are the best people for the job. This is far more than just slapping a bunch of biosketches together - there are both explicit and implicit things to pay careful attention to on your front page (Specific Aims, Project Summary) that will have a major effect on the response you get.

Week 8: The How - Your Aims, Objectives, and Methods

It's easy to just throw together some factual statements about "what you will do" in your aims (or objectives for NSF). Will that convince your reviewer that your aims are compelling? It's unlikely, because there are many aspects of structuring the aims for maximal impact that most proposal writers miss - especially to fit appropriately into your story. This module shows you how, with examples.

Week 9+: Wrap-Up & Specific Aims Consult

How do you summarize the impact of your proposal succinctly and powerfully? During the last few weeks of our course, we'll offer everyone the chance to sign up for a 1:1 Specific Aims consult. You'll have through the end of August to schedule your 30-minute slot, and on the consult you'll get tailored feedback on each aspect of the Grant Story Funnel and it's application in your Specific Aims Page.

BONUS: One Year of Monthly Q&A Calls

After the summer is over, you'll still have access to all your course content plus one year of monthly Q&A Calls with our grant writing coaches.

BONUS: Additional Auxiliary Lessons

Additional bonus lessons address topics of interest, including "The Structure of Persuasion", "Rigor and Reproducibility", "10 Secrets to a Great Talk", "Offense vs. Defense" and more.

BONUS: 13 Annotated Examples

A fully annotated example library with 13 examples and counting, each with a video walkthrough. Examples include R01, R03, NSH, MIRA and more. 

BONUS: Maximize Your Success With Mindset 

Discover how you can power-charge your success by examining your thinking in these short reports.

- The Missing Step in Writing a Killer Grant Proposal

- Positive Emotional Control

- The Hardest Decision: When faced with the question of “Am I ready to submit?”, turn here for answers

Regaining My Enthusiasm!

“Morgan has given me back my enthusiasm for writing grants - rather than blame the system, I have something I can actually make a difference with.”   

-- Yalda, London, UK

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