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MED 276: Grant Writing Practicum

Instructor: Lucila Ohno-Machado

When and where: Spring Quarter 2021, Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., March 30 to June 1, 2021.  Course will be virtual.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain the grant proposal process and how grants are reviewed
  • Provide practical experience in grant proposal writing and response to critiques
  • Emphasize the importance of team work and persistence in grant writing

This is a hands-on course. Students will review funded and non-funded grant proposals for different types of NIH awards, with an emphasis on K (mentored) and R (non-mentored) research awards. Students will have an opportunity to have their own proposals reviewed by instructors and classmates. The instructor will prepare a research proposal with help from the students. 


Course Syllabus: For the course syllabus, please refer to the OneDrive File for the course.  If you are not able to access the OneDrive, please contact Melissa Aquino at


Class participation and attendance    25%
Homework                                               25%
Student presentations                           25%

Attendance:  Students are expected to attend all classes and have attendance recorded on that week's sign-in sheet. Students are allowed two unexcused absences, with further absences requiring justification.

Academic Integrity Statement:   According to the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning: 

"Plagiarism is the use of another's work, words, or ideas without attribution...Plagiarism takes many forms, but it falls into three main categories: using a source's language without quoting, using information from a source without attribution, and paraphrasing a source in a form that stays too close to the original."

Understanding and avoiding plagiarism