Grant Writing Insights

Every month, UTRGV research faculty and staff submit proposals to fund their research, community outreach efforts, and student opportunities. 

Are you ready to submit one of your own?

This page contains video presentations and resources for writing for fellowships, scholarships, and grants.


recent grant writing workshop participants sitting at round tables.

With support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University of Kentucky visited the UTRGV Edinburg campus February 25, 2019 to present its renowned, two-day NIH grant writing workshop.  The workshop is intended to facilitate the success of researchers at Minority-Serving Institutions in competing for NIH funding.





In this video series, we interview people who have successfully obtained external grants for research or programs. We ask them to share their experiences and provide advice on how they navigated the process of applying for a grant, complying with its guidelines, and supplying deliverables to the funding agencies.

The mission of the series is to generate information that will inspire University faculty, staff, and students to seek out funding opportunities and apply for grants in the areas of research and development programs at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

UTRGV Award Report Sept 2015-May2016NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Applicant Presentation
This presentation was given by Dr. Miguel Gonzalez, former associate vice president for research, to students interested in applying for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

UTRGV Award Report Sept 2015-May2016How I Got My Grant - Dr. Frederck Ernst 
In this interview with Dr. Fredereck Ernst, he shares his deep understanding of the grant application process. He imparts valuable lessons in this video.

UTRGV Award Report Sept 2015-May2016How I Got My Grant - Drs. Laura Seligman and Joseph Hovey
In this interview, with Drs. Laura Seligman and Joseph Hovey, they discuss they collaborative cross-departmental effort to apply for a $6 million dollar grant to establish the clinical psychology Ph.D. program.

UTRGV Award Report Sept 2015-May2016How I Got My Grant - Dr. Christopher Vitek
Dr. Christopher Vitek, in collaboration with three other universities and their faculty, was awarded a ten million dollar grant to establish the Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases at UTRGV.

Karen LozanoHow I Got My Grant - Dr. Karen Lozano
Dr. Karen Lozano discusses how she used the lack of start-up funding from the University as a motivation for writing grants early in her career. She emphasizes the need to focus on career goals and not passion as a driving force for grant writing.

Dr. Constantine TarawnehHow I Got My Grant - Dr. Constantine Tarawneh
Dr. Constantine Tarawneh shares his experience in building the The University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS) that was established in the Fall of 2013 and operates as a consortium of three institutions, namely; The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) – Lead Institution, Texas A&M University (TAMU), and The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).