Grant Training at the University of Utah

Campus Resources for Grant Writing and Research Education 

The Grant Writing Academy (GWA), Faculty Supporting Faculty to Strengthen Grant Proposals and Increase their Likelihood of Funding, is " open to all University faculty members from the Health Sciences and Main Campus. The GWA is an intensive, 2½ day program which applies proven strategies and techniques to:

  • develop successful proposals for a variety of funding agencies
  • write clear and concise aims that are specific, measurable and realistic
  • communicate research priorities to enhance significance and impact
  • build strategies for career development and research plan sections
  •  interpret program announcements and understand review criteria

The GWA offers a valuable and unique opportunity to focus on one's writing, to receive educated and
constructive critique, to rewrite and recraft, and to repeat the evaluation and editing process toward a final draft.

Specific GWA features and benefits include:

  • individual mentoring sessions with an experienced and diverse team of senior faculty members, key subject matter experts, and funding agency representatives (as available)
  • practical writing skills, tools and resources; group training activities; specialized interactive presentations; and online instructional exercises
  • networking and collaboration with peers across the University

The GWA provides a high faculty-to-participant ratio to facilitate the development of productive and independent
research scientists. For complete information and to register for upcoming sessions, please contact the Office of Research Education by phone (801-587-3958) or by e-mail (  

The Grant Writing Academy (GWA) is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Associate Vice President for Research Integrity.

Research Admistration Training Series (RATS) and the Principal Investigator Knowledge Assets (PIKA) workshops are sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research

Research Education provides free professional development opportunities for all faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and members of the University research community. The RATS and PIKA programs enable you to: learn, develop and improve your job skills and performance, maintain an understanding of best practices and current trends, network with colleagues, share experiences and increase your potential for advancement, earn Certificates of Achievement and professional association CEUs and keep yourself marketable in the broad field of research administration.

Some of the courses offered are:

Read the full list of courses offered by RATS and PIKA
For more information on RATS courses, please contact the Office of Research Education by phone (801-587-3958) or by e-mail (

Grant Writing Support at J. Willard Marriott Library

The Grant-Writing Workshop: Foundations and Charities is offered for free to all student, staff and faculty members as well as members of the community several times during the fall and spring semesters.


For assistance creating a data management plan for your grant, please consult our Data Management Guide. Visit our Repositories for Research Data Guide for ideas on where to deposit data.

Research Data Analysis Support at J. Willard Marriott Library

The Faculty Services unit provides training and support for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students who are conducting qualitative research, or just interested in learning more about qualitative research. Qualitative data analysis tools, such as NVivo and Atlas.ti are installed on library computers. Email to set up an appointment for a one-on-one or a research group consultation.

Need help using quantitative or qualitative analysis programs for your grant?

Come see our Statistics Graduate Teaching Assistant. To make an appointment, please email our Statistics group.

For graduate students working on projects such as grants, articles for publication, and research reports. The Graduate Writing Fellow can help with focusing arguments, organizing ideas, supporting claims, citing others' works, and maintaining field conventions. All correspondence is done via email. Each submission should be no longer than 25 pages; longer works will need to be broken down into smaller pieces.

Writing assistance is offered in the following areas: Manuscript Protocol, Grants, Articles for publication, Research proposals, Conference presentations, and Conference publications. For more information for services provided to faculty by the University Writing Center Please contact the Graduate Writing Center.

Writing and Rhetoric Graduate Courses in Grant Writing

For Graduate Students enrolled at the University of Utah, WRTG 7001: Grant Proposal Writing (3 credits) is offered by the Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies in the College of Humanities. 

This course focuses on grant proposals, addressing the expectations of specific audiences. Emphasis is on institutional and national contexts for grant writing. In this workshop-type course, we will discuss grant writing, find possible funding opportunities, write portions of the grant applications associated with those opportunities, and evaluate each other's intended submissions.
This course is offered typically during the spring semester.

For more information on this course, please phone the department at 801.581.7090. 

Additional Grant Training Resources Online

Applying for National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research grants

Visit the Foundation Directory Online (U of U authentication required), which also has a series of youtube tutorials designed to help you learn how to apply for grants.

Visit the Grant Training Center blog for information about writing successful grants and for practical advice and best practices.

For additional support, please visit the Office of Sponsored Projects page