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Writing Program

Erin Adamson photoWriting Program Coordinator: Erin Adamson
The University of Kansas
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, Room 4069, Malott Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045-7582
Telephone: 785-864-3674
Fax: 785-864-5326


In 2014 COBRE-PSF initiated a Writing Program to strengthen the academic and proposal writing skills of faculty, with the long-term goal of improving funding rates and supporting publication. The program coordinator, Erin Adamson, organizes workshops on grant writing and other science writing topics and works individually with participants on academic and professional documents. The program was launched in summer 2014 with eight faculty participants from four Kansas universities.

Grant Writing Series
Because COBRE-PSF aims to help faculty conduct research that will make them competitive for major funding, one of the primary writing tasks for participants is grant application writing. During winter 2016-17, spring 2016, winter 2015, and fall 2014 the program has offered an organized grant writing program beginning with the workshop Writing NIH Proposals.  This is followed by a working group in which junior faculty participants work with experienced faculty mentors to critique and improve each others Specific Aims pagesFinally,  an NIH-style mock study section with experienced reviewers is held to review entire proposals. The faculty who participate in the reviews receive feedback on their proposals from at least four reviewers and use an NIH scoring template to critique other faculty proposals, thus increasing their understanding of the review process.  The overall program has been well received by all participants and will be repeated approximately twice each year in the future; faculty at any level may participate.

January 2015 mock study section




Faculty members Roberto De Guzman, Blake Peterson,
Josie Chandler and Liskin Swint-Kruse
served as reviewers at the January 2015
Mock Study Section.

Individual Coaching
The writing coordinator also works with faculty one-on-one to revise manuscripts and other professional documents and to work on grant applications. Individual coaching allows the coordinator to tailor instruction to the needs of each faculty member and provides the flexibility to meet deadlines and work on documents over time.  For information contact either program coordinator Cynthia Beall (beall@ku.edu) or Writing Program Coordinator Erin Adamson (eadamson@ku.edu).