Collaborating with the Ethiopian Diaspora Taskforce, an interesting online training on Grant Proposal Writing is planned for all AMU academic staff and PhD candidates. The training will be offered by Prof Tesfaye B. Mersha (USA) who has a good record of winning grants as well as reviewing grant proposals. It is strongly recommended for all AMU staff members and PhD students to attend the training. Click here to see more Pictures.

“How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal: Essential Skills”


The seminar will cover the basic steps of writing a successful grant proposal, such as how to develop a fundable idea, the fundamentals of a grant, and preparation to submission of the application. During this interactive seminar, participants will discuss the actual proposal development, emphasizing the purpose of each part and how different sections must mesh, which includes the grant design, abstract and budgeting. Prof. Mersha will discuss his own person journey as an applicant and reviewer for various funding organizations including NIH. He is the PI on two R01s, and R21, and a co-investigator on two R01s, two U01s, and U19 grant. Currently, he is serving as member of the U. S. National Institutes of Health Genetics of Health and Disease (GHD) study section. In the past, he served as an Ad-hoc for Genomics, Computational Biology and Technology (GCAT) study section.


Speaker Bio


Dr. Mersha is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and University of Cincinnati, where he leads the Population Genetics, Ancestry and Bioinformatics Laboratory. His research aims to unravel the genetic and non-genetic contributions to complex diseases and racial disparities in childhood asthma and asthma-related allergic disorders. Prof. Mersha is recognized in the field of genetic ancestry, race, ethnicity, admixture mapping and functional genomics related to complex diseases. His research helps in dissecting how biologic predisposition and environmental exposures interact to shape racial disparities in complex diseases. He has received multiple awards, including a Faculty Research Achievement Award from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Keystone Symposia Early Career Investigator Award, and the African Professionals Network Business and Professional Achievement Award. His research continues to be funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH).


Date and Time: Saturday May 6, 2023, 3:30pm-5:30pm (Afternoon).

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