Chasan-Taber Authors Dissertation and Grant Proposal Writing Guide

Lisa Chasan-Taber

Lisa Chasan-Taber, professor of epidemiology, has authored “Writing Dissertation and Grant Proposals: Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics” to be published early next month by Chapman and Hall.

“Writing Dissertation and Grant Proposals” targets effective grant proposal writing at a time when applying for research funds from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has never been more competitive.

Covering all aspects of the proposal writing process, the text provides summary checklists and step-by-step guidelines for grant structure and style alongside broader strategies for developing a research funding portfolio. The book also explains how to avoid common errors and pitfalls, supplying critical do’s and don’ts that aid in writing solid grant proposals. In addition, Chasan-Taber demonstrates proven tactics and illustrates key concepts with extensive examples from successfully funded proposals.

According to Chasan-Taber, “Writing Dissertation and Grant Proposals” is not only relevant for early-stage investigators including graduate students, medical students and residents, and postdoctoral fellows, but also valuable for experienced faculty, clinicians, epidemiologists and health professionals who cannot seem to break the barrier to obtain NIH-funded research.

“As this book makes clear, if one is to make an impact, it is not sufficient to reach the truth; you must persuade your colleagues of it,” said Meir Stampfer, professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and director of the Chronic Disease Epidemiology Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. “This rich resource provides comprehensive and clear step-by-step instructions toward that aim. I wish I had such a guide when I was starting out.”

Chasan-Taber has taught proposal and grant writing for more than 15 years, during which time she has been continually funded as a principal investigator of National Institutes of Health Research Awards and has been recognized for her research through the Chancellor’s Medal. She has served on national review panels and as a mentor on Career Development Awards. She received her postdoctoral and doctoral training in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, master’s degree in public health from UMass Amherst, and bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

“Writing Dissertation and Grant Proposals: Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics” is available for pre-order from Chapman and Hall.