Hot Water Grant Review Workshops

These workshops are an overnight, working meeting for those who wish to have their upcoming grant submissions reviewed prior to NIH/NSF deadlines. Typically this grant review workshop is held one month prior to major NIH/NSF deadlines: January (February deadlines) and May (June deadlines). Feedback is constructive, and everyone participates in the discussion of each individual grant. Participants include faculty from basic and applied biomolecular, chemical, cellular and biomedical sciences, computational biology and related disciplines at the University of Montana, Montana State University and other institutions around the state. If this is your first time attending a hot water grant writing workshop, please contact Stephen Sprang prior to registration to ensure we have the capacity to provide a quality review. 

Here’s how it works:

  • Participants prepare a well-proofed draft proposal (either a full proposal or, for investigators at an exploratory stage, a draft consisting of specific aims and a significance/background/innovation section) two weeks prior to the review session.
  • We will use a secure collaborative website for the submission of draft proposals and downloading reviews.
  • Participants will read and critique up to three proposals from both senior and junior investigators (depending on the volume of proposals).
  • Each proposal will receive two or more critiques from reviewers. The primary reviewer will summarize the proposal, as would the primary reviewer at a study section. Instructions will be provided on the collaborative website.
  • It is critical to the success of Hot Water that all participants who sign up make a strong commitment to attend, submit their proposal or aims on time and review the two to three grants assigned to them.

The May 2020 Workshop has been canceled. We intend to schedule a Workshop in late 2020 or resume in January 2021. Contact Sara Jestrab with questions or to be added to the email communication for future Workshops.