GAO offers training sessions and educational workshops to introduce Ascension Seton associates to the world of grant funding and the art of proposal writing for research and non-research grants. Most workshops take place in the CEC; they are scheduled twice annually and announced on our website. For more information or to request a consultation, please contact us online at We can answer any specific questions you may have, as well as offer general guidance throughout the grant and project development process.

Please see our calendar of events for upcoming and scheduled training. Generally, we offer three types of workshops:

  • Intro to GAO: A one-hour informational session to those seeking a general orientation to the GAO website and the types of external funding opportunities available and how to find them. This is a great opportunity to discuss your specific grant funding needs in an informal group setting.
  • Grantwriting 101: A two-hour workshop that provides an introduction to grant writing in which we describe ways to identify appropriate sources of funding and explain what reviewers want to see in a winning proposal. In this workshop, we will also dissect a proposal into its required components and offer guidance on how to compose each section.
  • Bootcamp for Researchers: In partnership with Research Support Services, we offer sessions to describe the required components of research proposals. These sessions include an introduction to using RSS, and general research design methods, obtaining required data for proposals and how to navigate the submission process.

We may also be available to conduct these workshops on an as-needed basis for your department or group. Individual consultations are always available by submitting our Contact GAO Form.

To supplement our workshops, we provide comprehensive online resources on grant preparation and strategy. We also maintain a collection of sample proposals templates for NIH research and training grants and the required components for many other private foundation grants.