Grant Writing Workshop and Webinar Series

Would you like to improve your grant writing skills? Do you want to learn proven tips to increase your chances of getting funded? Do you wish you knew what the reviewers were looking for and how to make your application stand out?

Successful grant writing is a set of skills that can be learned and improved upon with proper guidance and practice. Conquer Cancer provides grant writing resources for new and established applicants alike.

The resources available are based on content from the ASCO Annual Meeting education program sessions and are designed to help applicants learn more about available funding opportunities and gain a competitive edge in the grant application process. The Grant Writing Workshop and Webinar Series are free. If you have questions, please contact our Grants team.


2021 Webinar Series

2021 Webinar Series Video Gallery


Essentials of Effective Grant Writing (Speaker: Dawn Hershman, MD, MS, FASCO)

Developing a Strong Personal Statement and Biosketch (Speaker: Oladapo Yeku, MD, PhD)

Working with a Biostatistician (Speaker: Karla V. Ballman, PhD, FASCO)

Working with a Patient Advocate (Speaker: Patty Spears)


2020 Webinar Series

Part 1: Grant Writing Pearls (Speaker: Dawn Hershman, MD, MS, FASCO)

Part 2: Choosing a Mentor and Obtaining Letters of Support (Speaker: Charles Thomas Jr., MD)

Part 3: Working with a Biostatistician (Speaker: Karla Ballman, PhD)

Part 4: Mock Application Review (Speakers: Gary Schwartz, MD, FASCO, Yvonne Saenger, MD, Karla Ballman, PhD, Mary Lou Smith, JD, MBA, FASCO)

2020 CDA Funded Application

2020 CDA Unfunded Application

Part 5: What to Do When Your Grant Gets Rejected (N. Lynn Henry, MD, PhD, FASCO)

Examples of Application Weaknesses

Helpful Articles

Highlights From the ASCO 2020 Grant Writing Webinar Series” by Inas Abuali, MD, FACP

“How To Get Funded” by Jae H. Park, MD (2011 YIA, 2014 CDA)

“Grant Writing:  10 Tips from a Successful Researcher” by Ezra Cohen, MD (2003 YIA, 2005 CDA)

“Submitting a Great Mentor Letter for Your Grant and Award Applications” by Dawn L. Hershman, MD, FASCO (2002 CDA, 2007 ACRA in Breast Cancer, 2015 CERP)

“Five Mistakes to Avoid in Your YIA Grant Application” by Thomas Flaig, MD and Wells Messersmith, MD, FACP, FASCO (2004 YIA)

“Patient Engagement in Cancer Research From the Patient’s Perspective” by Patricia A. Spears (Patient Advocate)