Global Health Workshop: Advanced Grantsmanship for Postdoctoral Fellows

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:30toThursday, April 13, 2017 16:00
Thomson House Room 406, 3650 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 1Y2, CA

McGill Global Health Programs is proud to partner with McGill SKILLSETS and Graphos to bring you the first in a series of workshops targeted to McGill postdocs working in a global health field.

This first workshop will focus on Advanced Grantsmanship and will be held over two days on April 11 and 13, 2017 between 11:30AM and 4:00PM. A light lunch will be served both days.

Workshop Description:

April 11: Postdocs will benefit from experts (Dr. Heidi Hoernig, Professor Madhukar Pai) who will share how to develop and write a successful research narrative with the funding agency and review committee in mind.

Drawing from Graphos's experience in offering fellowship writing support, we have partnered with Global Health and Skillsets to develop the interactive grantwriting portion on April 11.  The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Heidi Hoernig (Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship), who has provided strategic and pre-award support for over 400 grant applications across the social sciences, humanities and health sciences.

April 13: Postdocs will learn how to avoid budgeting pitfalls (Dr. Nil Basu), supporting global health work through donor and foundation funds  (Ms. Melissa Poueymirou) and how to transition from proof of concept and transition to scale research (Dr. Charles Larson).

Space is limited, register now!

Schedule - Day 1

April 11th 11:30am-4:00pm



Lunch provided


“To apply or not to apply? Understanding funding agencies and tailoring your research to the right funding opportunity”

  • Assessing and setting priorities
  • Research funding landscape
  • Reading a call
  • (Re)Defining your projects

Speaker: Dr. Heidi Hoernig




Coffee and snack provided


“Grant writing 500: Adapting your research and weaving a coherent narrative across the application”

  • Grant writing as a distinct genre
  • Anatomy of a grant application
  • Teams, partners and knowledge users
  • Persuasion

Speaker: Dr. Heidi Hoernig



“Keeping the review committee in mind”

  • Top 5 tips on writing successful grants
  • Perspective from a grant reviewer

Speaker: Dr. Madhukar Pai


Schedule - Day 2

April 13th 11:30am-4:00pm



Lunch provided


“Avoiding pitfalls in the budgeting and administration section”

  • Top tips for working on budgeting and administration sections of a grant
  • Time for questions and peer review of budget participants brought

Speaker: Dr. Nil Basu



“Supporting global health work through donor and foundation funds”

  • How to approach and communicate foundations
  • How to position your research within the foundation’s framework

Speaker: Melissa Poueymirou




Coffee and snack provided


“OK, now what? Transitioning to scale grants”

  • How to transition from proof of concept and transition to scale research

Speaker: Dr. Charles Larson



Closing and evaluation


Our speakers- Day 1

Heidi Hoernig, Academic Associate, Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, McGill University and Consultant

Heidi Hoernig is a research development professional with seven years’ experience at McGill University providing strategic and pre-award support to research development and funding. She has supported the development and submission of more than 400 grant applications to provincial, national and international agencies and foundations by McGill faculty members across the social sciences, humanities and health sciences. She holds a PhD in Planning from the University of Waterloo and was a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at INRS.

Madhukar Pai, Professor of Epidemiology, McGill University, Director, McGill Global Health Programs, Associate Director, McGill International TB Centre, Canada Research Chair in Translational Epidemiology & Global Health

Madhu Pai did his medical training and community medicine residency in Vellore, India. He completed his PhD in epidemiology at UC Berkeley, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the UCSF. He is currently a professor of epidemiology at McGill University in Montreal. He serves as the Director of Global Health Programs, and as an Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre. In addition, he serves as a Consultant for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, Geneva. Madhu has previously served as co-chair of the Stop TB Partnership's Working Group on New Diagnostics. He is on the editorial boards of Lancet Infectious Diseases, PLoS Medicine, International Journal of TB and Lung Disease, among others.

Madhu’s research is mainly focused on improving the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, especially in high-burden countries like India and South Africa. His research is supported by grant funding from the Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. He is recipient of the Union Scientific Prize, Chanchlani Global Health Research Award, and Stars in Global Health award from Grand Challenges Canada. In 2014, he was selected as a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Our speakers - Day 2

Dr. Nil Basu, Associate Professor; Canada Research Chair in Environmental Health Sciences

Dr. Nil Basu is the recent recipient of the $9.6M grant from Genome Canada and a $3M NIH/IDRC grant for his work in environmental health. He holds a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Environmental Health Sciences and is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.  He is jointly appointed in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences and in the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition.  He is also an Associate Member in the McGill University Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health.

Melissa Poueymirou Director, Foundation Relations, University Advancement

Biography coming soon

Charles Larson, National Coordinator, Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR)

Born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, Dr. Larson moved to Montreal to study medicine at McGill University.  He subsequently specialized in Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine & Public Health.  His global health career began in the late 1980s when he joined the McGill-Ethiopia Strengthening Community Health Project, which he directed from 1989 to 1992.   Since 2008, he has been a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia and Director of the BC Children's Hospital-Centre for International Child Health (CICH) from 2008 to 2015. The CICH currently carries out capacity building and research projects in Bangladesh, China, Uganda, India and Senegal. Prior to joining UBC he lived in Dhaka, Bangladesh for 6 years where he directed the Health Systems and Infectious Diseases Division at the International Centre for Diarrheal Diseases Research, Bangladesh.  He also led a five-year McGill University population child health project in Chelyabinsk, Russia from 1998 to 2003.  Frm 2011 to 2016 he has been the PI on a Muskoka Initiative grant being carried out in rural Bangladesh, titled “Interrupting pathways to Maternal, Newborn and Early Childhood Sepsis". Dr. Larson’s interests currently focus on implementation studies, including research in support of the scale up of zinc treatment of childhood diarrhea and interventions that address the early detection, referral, treatment and follow-up management of sepsis in newborns and young children.   Charles is a past Board of Directors Chair of the Canadian Society for International Health and currently the National Coordinator of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research.

Our Partners

Graphos offers courses, workshops and other writing support to help graduate students and postdocs become more efficient, precise and effective scholarly communicators.  With regard to grantwriting, we have offered fellowship writing workshops for graduate students and postdocs both downtown and at the MUHC.  We have also worked with Graduate Funding (GPS) to provide tailored support for Vanier CGS and Banting Postdoctoral applicants.  Drawing from this experience, we are pleased to work with Dr. Heidi Hoernig (Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship) to develop the advanced grantwriting sessions on April 11.

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