Grant Writing Workshop

Workshop is CANCELLED for 2020 due to pandemic.

Workshop dates:  July 25 - August 1, 2020

Enrollment limit:  12

Cost:  $530

Deadline for cancelation with refund:  July 10, 2020

Location:  Mountain Lake Biological Station, Pembroke, VA 


Join NSF BIO Directorate program director Dr. Leslie Rissler for a six-day hands-on grant writing workshop for scientists who want to learn strategies, styles, and structures to improve their grant proposals. The experience is geared toward early career proposal writers including faculty, postdocs, and senior graduate students and will include direct discussions and writing sessions based on participants’ own proposal ideas. Limited enrollment (12) will enable close interaction.

Preparation:  Participants will be asked to arrive with an outline or vision of a grant they need to, or might need to, prepare in the near future. One or two pages of thoughts will prepare you to hit the ground running.

Schedule:  Attendees should arrive Saturday afternoon, July 25. Earliest room check-in is 4:00pm. The first meal is dinner on Saturday. The program will begin Sunday morning, July 26, and end Friday afternoon, July 31. Checkout is Saturday, August 1, by noon. The last meal is lunch on Saturday. 

Location and Travel:  MLBS is a remote full-service residential field station in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia. Road access is good. Attendees arriving by air should fly into Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA), a 1.25hr drive from the Station. Car rental and shuttle service is available at ROA. More…

Accommodations:  Full housing and dining are provided with the registration fee. Housing and facilities are historic. Shared housing will be assigned unless special arrangements are made and space is available. Linens, pillows, and towels are not provided unless special arrangements are made in advance. Wifi is available throughout the Station. There is no cell service. More…

Cost:  $530 covers all on-site workshop costs, room, and board. To be considered for limited financial assistance, email a brief statement of need to

Registration:  $50 deposit is required at registration. Balance is due by July 10. Deadline for cancelation with refund is July 10. Online credit card payment or receipt of check is required to register. Participation is limited to 12. Additional registrants will be kept on a waitlist.

For More information: 
About workshop structure and content: Contact Leslie Rissler,
About registration, travel logistics and the field station: Contact MLBS,, 540-626-7196, or visit