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Ask a Reviewer

Understanding reviewer psychology is a key to getting your grants funded. But how are you supposed to get this inside knowledge? Learn from experts.

Join me for a live question and answer session with seasoned reviewer Dr. Stephanie Fitzpatrick. Dr. Fitzpatrick was a standing member of the Lifestyle Change and Behavioral Health study section at the National Institutes of Health. 

Wednesday, October 26th from 1 - 2pm EDT (Boston Time

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  • You'll Learn

  • Why does the review process matter for getting your work funded?

  • What excites reviewers?                 

  • What are top mistakes new grant writers make?


  • Understanding reviewers is a universal grant writing skill. It doesn’t matter which funder you are targeting (e.g., the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, WT Grant, Mellon, or more).


    To have a shot at funding, you need reviewers to advocate for you. That means you need to understand when and why reviewers advocate for grants.

    Betty Lai

    Your Guide

    Betty S. Lai is an associate professor and the author of The Grant Writing Guide (publisher: Princeton University Press). She studies child mental health, and she has published over 70 peer reviewed articles on this topic. Her research as a Principal Investigator has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, among others. These efforts have been recognized with awards from the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Foundation.

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