Montana State University


Montana State University
P.O. Box 173095
Bozeman, MT 59717-3095

Tel: (406) 994-4690
Location: 319 Leon Johnson

Primary Contacts

Jessi L. Smith, Ph.D.
Special Assistant to the Provost/
Director of ADVANCE

Sara Rushing, Ph.D.
Co-Director of ADVANCE/
University Family Advocate

Theresa Marchwick
Project Manager

Micaela M. Young
Grant Submission Training Coordinator

Becca Belou
Equity Data Analyst


Waded Cruzado, Ph.D.
Montana State Univerity

Martha A. Potvin, Ph.D.
Provost & V.P. for Academic Affairs

Montana State University | ADVANCE Project TRACS

Research Capacity: Outreach and Training

Upcoming Opportunities

An additional Grant Writing Bootcamp and Panel Review are scheduled for March 2014. The format of these opportunities will be similar to those listed below. Contact Micaela Young ( or 994-5338) for more details.

In Spring/Summer of 2014 ADVANCE will host a Mentor Workshop. More details coming soon.

Previous Opportunities

Fall 2013

September 16 - October 18th, 2013- Grant Writing Bootcamp - Fridays from 10 - 12 (unless otherwise indicated)

Introduction: This six-week training will facilitate the production of a solid, review-ready grant proposal that submitters can then give to a review panel simulation in order to receive constructive review from grant successful facilitators.

Session Format: In each weekly two-hour session, attendees can expect to interact with grant successful faculty to learn the skills and insights required to develop interesting and competitive grant proposals. Groups will be divided by funding agency and a facilitator will preside over each group for participatory, interactive learning. 

Expected Outcomes: At the end of the session, grant submitters will have gained knowledge of developing narratives and budgets, funding agency and university requirements, and the process of the grant review panel for their respective funding agency. The most significant product of these sessions will be a review-ready grant proposal. 

Topics Include: Group introductions and finding funding (Monday, September 16th from 12 - 1pm); Reviewing Request for Applications or Request for Proposals and preparedness (Friday, September 20th); Letters of Intent, preparedness for process, and mentors (Friday, September 27th); Assembling your proposal team, campus resources (Friday, October 4th); The process/mechanics of proposals (Friday, October 11th); NIH Grant Panel Review (Thursday, October 17th); Responding to review critique and conclusion to bootcamp (Friday, October 18th); Bootcamp wrap-up dinner, networking (Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:30 p.m.).

Application Process: Registration Closed - The bootcamp is full. Thank you for your interest. Please contact Micaela Young ( or 994-5338) for other research capacity opportunities.

Email a one-page project summary detailing the research you intend to have funded, and indicate which funding agency you are interested in approaching. If you know the solicitation number, please mention it in the summary. Include a statement of your research objectives, methods, and any collaborators or partnerships you have identified. In a few lines, address what you hope to gain from the bootcamp, and ensure to list your current contact info. Please also attach your most current Curriculum Vitae and email these documents to by September 6, 2013. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance with further instructions and course materials by September 10, 2013. Questions may be directed   

October 17, 2013 - NIH Grant Panel Review - Chaired by Dr. Allen Harmsen of Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Dr. Allen Harmsen, Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases has served as a chartered member of the NIH-AOIC study section since 2008 and has participated in over 50 NIH grant review processes. As the PI of many successful NIH-funded research projects, Dr. Harmsen offers special expertise to those seeking insights on competitive NIH grant applications. A board of reviewers comprised of NIH grant successful faculty will contribute to the grant panel review process.

Application Process:  
Email a one-page letter of intent with a brief project summary of the research you intend to have funded through NIH. Include a statement of objectives, methods, and the relevance to public health. In a few lines, address what you hope to gain from the panel review, and ensure to list your current contact info. Email LOI's to by September 30, 2013. Questions may be directed to