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Over the course of the Ready, Set, Grant event, program staff from funding agencies representing major areas of research interest at VCU will be on hand to provide an overview of the sponsors’ mission and structure, current priorities and outlook, and major funding programs. A significant proportion of VCU investigators, across disciplines, target the National Institutes of Health throughout their careers. It is important for faculty, staff, and students to educate themselves continually on agency's current trends and focus, as well as the policies and processes that impact decision-making about their grant applications. Our presenter for the workshop on Competitive Grant writing to the to the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Brett Miller, will not only discuss the agency broadly, but also provide insight into the grant peer review process and advice on crafting competitive proposals that new, and seasoned, investigators may not know. Brett Miller, directs the Reading, Writing, and Related Learning Disabilities Program in the CDB Branch. Dr. Miller completed his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in cognitive psychology and a postdoctoral fellowship at Haskins Laboratories in reading research. Dr. Miller's research program focuses on developing and supporting research and training initiatives to increase knowledge relevant to the development of reading and written-language abilities for learners with and without disabilities. This program supports research that includes work with diverse groups and includes a range of ages across the lifespan. This session is appropriate for researchers in all disciplines.