Grant Writing Workshop

Workshop Dates:  July 22 - 29, 2023

Enrollment Limit:  12

Cost:  $550

Deadline for Registration:  July 14

Deadline for Cancelation with Refund:  July 14

Location:  Mountain Lake Biological Station, Pembroke, Virginia 


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. The workshop will involve finding appropriate solicitations associated with those research ideas, writing a proposal that matches ideas to those solicitations, and having draft proposals reviewed in a panel format by colleagues. Limited enrollment (12) will enable close interaction. Past participants’ topics have spanned biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, physics, conservation, and more.  

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 22. Earliest room check-in is 4:00pm. The first meal is dinner on Saturday. The program will begin Sunday morning, July 23, and end Friday evening, July 28. Checkout is Saturday, July 29, 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. The nearest airport is Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA), a 1.25hr drive from the Station. Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is a 3hr drive. More about travelling to MLBS…

Accommodations:  Full housing and dining are provided with the registration fee. Housing and facilities are historic. Shared housing (double rooms) will be assigned unless special arrangements are made and space is available. Extra fees may apply. Linens, pillows, and towels are not provided. Wifi is available throughout the Station. There is no cell service. More about MLBS accommodations…

Cost:  $550 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 14. Deadline for cancelation with refund is also July 14. Online credit card payment is required to register. Participation is limited to 12. There will be 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