Grant Writing Workshop: The study section black box: A look inside the grant review process

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
6 8 p.m.

*This program is organized by members of SITC’s Early Career Scientist Committee.

Program Purpose

This two-hour program features two sessions. The first session will open with an overview of the grant submission process, briefly outlining funding opportunities and how to navigate those. Session one will also address critical points of government and private sector grant submissions. The second session will consist of a “mini-study section,” allowing attendees to experience how a study section evaluates a grant proposal, which will help attendees identify points that determine the success or failure of a grant proposal and help them optimize the process of grant re-submission.

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this educational program includes graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior to mid-level faculty, which encompasses instructors and assistant professors who wish to solidify their understanding of grant writing.

Grant Writing Organizers

  • David Aggen, MD, PhD   Columbia University Medical Center/NYPH
  • Ana Carrizosa Anderson, PhD Harvard Medical School
  • Lorenzo Falchi, MD Columbia University Medical Center
  • Saman Maleki, PhD Western University
  • Claire Vanpouille-Box, PhD Weill Cornell Medical College

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this meeting, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate funding opportunities
  • Identify critical strengths and fatal flaws of a grant proposal
  • Optimize the process of grant re-submission

SITC's Grant Writing Workshop is supported by a grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

Program Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019


7:55 p.m.

6:05 p.m.

Claire Vanpouille-Box, PhD Weill Cornell Medicine
6:05 p.m.

Overview of Grant Opportunities
Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD – Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute
6:15 p.m.

Principles of Grant Writing
Thomas Gajewski, MD, PhD – University of Chicago
6:35 p.m. Panel Discussion
6:45 p.m.
A Look Inside a Study Section
6:50 p.m. Mock Study Session
7:25 p.m.
What Happens After Reviews are Conducted/How to Revise Your Grant 
7:40 p.m. Panel Discussion
7:55 p.m. Closing Remarks


Schedule At-a-Glance

Wednesday, Nov. 6
World Immunotherapy Council's 3rd Young Investigator Symposium  
Novel Multi-Targeted Therapeutic Platforms
Thursday, Nov. 7

Primer on Tumor Immunology and Cancer Immunotherapy™

Social Activity: 
Early Career Scientist Networking Reception

Workshop on Intratumoral Immunomodulation

Meet-the-Expert Lunch
Grant Writing Workshop
34th Annual Meeting
Friday, Nov. 8 34th Annual Meeting Social Activity: 
Poster Reception
Saturday, Nov. 9
34th Annual Meeting

Social Activities:
Award Ceremony
Poster Reception
The Checkpoints Band Party

Sunday, Nov. 10 34th Annual Meeting Hot Topic Symposium