The Challenge - You're Invited To: 

Write a strong, compelling Specific Aims (or project summary) with just a few hours per week, over 8 weeks this summer.

Why Challenge Yourself This Summer?

Your reviewer makes a snap judgement within a few seconds of opening up your proposal to read - and the first thing they see is your specific aims page. If you don't have a compelling "story", then it is much less likely you will get the attention and interest of reviewers needed for their support. 

This challenge is to avoid the last minute rush, and get your Aims page in shape now!

Focus and Accountability for Writing Your Best Aims Page Ever

10 Weeks of Focus and Accountability For Writing Your Best Aims Page Ever

A Major Head Start for a Fall or Later Proposal

Iteration is the key to great writing - and especially for the Specific Aims Page

Far More Effective than a One-Time Live Grant Workshop

Implement what you are learning immediately, and get feedback as you go. 

Get Work Done Now While Also Enjoying Family and Fun

Spend only a few hours per week

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

* 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

Why Does This Program Work?

Grant Dynamo 3: Make your Aims "Stick"

The Grant Dynamo 3, Level 1 course is the culmination of a decade of work training researchers in the US and across the globe how to write more compelling stories. Many grant writing services out there write your grant for you - but that’s not what we do. Rather, we empower clients with the knowledge and tools of how to write a specific aims page. GD3 presents the step-by-step framework of the "Grant Story Funnel". At each step, you're given details and examples about the function that part of the story has, and how to do it effectively. You're given exercises (with worksheets) you can use each time you start a new proposal, to walk you step by step through the process, until you master it. 

Training + Feedback = Progress

However, all of these new materials can be overwhelming for some. It’s natural to have a lot of questions - and to desire some sort of check-in or feedback as you ask yourself: “Am I implementing these concepts correctly? Is my hook catchy? Does my story create both desire and trust?”

During the Summer of Specific Aims, we’re here to help answer your questions. Starting in mid-June, our summer program will walk you through the Grant Dynamo 3, Level 1 course with the ultimate goal of helping you craft a Specific Aims page!

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

9+ Weeks to Develop Your Aims
June 21st - August 31st

Learn all the steps to master the art of proposal writing!

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.


More Bonuses

It Has Made a World of Difference for me!

"In the past two years since I took Grant Dynamo, I have had one R01 funded (7%) and another one very close to the payline. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge - it has made a world of difference for me!"  

-- Evelien B.

Example Library from Multiple Proposal Types

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

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.

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.

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

Are you ready for a clear, easy-to-follow structure for your Aims?
Do you want to get a head start developing clear aims without the last-minute fall rush?
Then, challenge yourself to get the important work done this Summer.


Thank you for your interest in the program but it is now closed for enrollment. You can email us at [email protected] if you're interested in learning about other upcoming and ongoing programs. 


Full access to the Grant Dynamo 3, Level 1 course for a minimum of 2 years
Weekly accountability, coaching and Q&A calls 8 full weeks with our Grant Writing Coaches
A personal, 1:1 review of your Specific Aims Page
Individual feedback on your worksheet submissions, so you can see how you are progressing
An annotated example library of 13 Specific Aims Pages from a variety of proposal types 
Auxiliary bonus lessons on skills for success

"Bad" Student to Successful Writer

“Hi Morgan, I am not sure if you got my previous email, where I let you know that I got 4% on my last RO1. Today I learned that I got also 4% on my R21! So thank you again. You may use my example that even from a “bad” stubborn student you can make quite successful grant writer. Thank you again,"

-- Katerina Gurova

I Now Enjoy the Process!

“Morgan Giddings online grant writing courses have totally changed my views on grant writing; 

I now enjoy the process, and I am able to help my lab members improve their grants.”

-- Ane Laugen

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