Chasan-Taber authors dissertation and grant proposal writing guide

April 14, 2014

Lisa Chasan-Taber, Professor of Epidemiology, has authored a book titled Writing Dissertation and Grant Proposals: Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics. Publisher Chapman and Hall has scheduled the book for an early May release and is available for pre-order on their website.

Writing Dissertation and Grant Proposals: Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics 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;
  • Explains how to avoid common errors and pitfalls, supplying critical do’s and don’ts that aid in writing solid grant proposals; and
  • Demonstrates proven tactics and illustrates key concepts with extensive examples from successfully funded proposals.

Writing Dissertation and Grant Proposals: Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics is not only relevant for early-stage investigators including graduate students, medical students/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,” notes Dr. 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.”

Dr. Chasan-Taber has taught proposal and grant writing for over 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, the highest recognition bestowed to faculty by the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has served on national review panels and as a mentor on Career Development Awards. She received her post-doctoral and doctoral training in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, master’s degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.