Writing/Designing NIH Proposals
Mar 17 2014
Our one-day focused workshop addresses essential NIH research resources, as well as the conversion of ideas into fundable research. Following the workshop, you will understand how to navigate the mechanisms of grant procurement, identify the critical sections of successful proposals, and demonstrate the excellence and innovation that propels your research beyond other submissions. You will also understand the diversity of the study sections and comprehend how to respond to various NIH guidelines.
Your training covers the overall strategic plan for writing proposals, including: statement of significance, hypothesis, specific aims, approach, key personnel, and budgets. Our instructors will engage you in interactive exercises, lectures, and discussions so you can better understand how to research, write, and develop your individual research proposals.
Our curriculum targets:
- Young Investigators seeking to acquire the techniques to research and draft winning NIH grant proposals
- Senior researchers and grant writers looking to polish existing skills and receive updates about NIH funding trends
You will learn how to:
- Find the appropriate program and grant mechanism for your idea
- Read and interpret RFAs
- Address the NIH proposal guidelines
- Identify and effectively write the key elements of a proposal
- Integrate each component of the grant into the final product
- Develop focused and realistic budgets
- Package a professional grant submission
- Understand the NIH scoring system and peer review process
- Use what happens in a study section to your advantage
- Write winning grants that stand out from the competition
Time8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
InstructorDr. Catherine Campbell
Dr. Catherine Campbell
Dr. Campbell, obtained her B.S. from Cornell University, and her M.S. and PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Miami. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she has worked as a consultant to U.S. government clients for the past decade. She is currently a Principal Molecular Biologist with Noblis and has a decade of professional experience in bioinformatics, as well as substantial experience in bench research in molecular and microbiology. During her career she has focused on the analysis of population based experiments designed to study both human disease and animal models of disease. Recent projects have involved designing informatics systems for biodefense and in silico identification of medical countermeasures and pathogen identification.
Her research work has encompassed both laboratory experiments and statistical and bioinformatics analysis of several important diseases including Gauchers disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and neurofibromatosis.
Dr. Campbell has also served on many NIH review panels over the last decade spanning from SBIR reviews to reviews of large center grants.
|10:00 am -||10:15 am||Overview of course|
|10:15 am -||11:45 am||Components of a research proposal, avoiding pitfalls, where to start
Group exercise #1: Develop focus question
|11:45 am -||12:45 am||Where do applications go wrong?
Group exercise #2: Writing a working hypothesis
|12:45 am -||1:00 pm||Lunch break, working lunch begins at 1:00|
|1:00 pm -||2:00 pm||Overview of the NIH extramural and intramural programs of funding
Group Exercise #3: Overview of previously submitted specific aims
|2:00 pm -||3:00 pm||The new scoring (1-9) and review process overview, use of various web sites, evaluating your competition|
|3:00 pm -||3:30 pm||NIH videos on CSR steps and procedures|
|3:30 pm -||4:00 pm||Other grant types: K awards, evaluation of centers using the NIH review process|
|4:00 pm -||4:30 pm||Group Exercise #4: Turning hypotheses into aims
Questions and answers
Preparing for the Workshop
Begin thinking of the research you want to conduct. Doing so will help you better grasp the various proposal components presented during the course. Consider potential study sections that would be appropriate for your research, and how you would answer the following questions:
- 1) What is the need of your project?
- 2) What is the significance of your project?
- 3) How will you budget your proposal?
- 4) What is the time frame of the grant you are seeking?
- 5) What is your hypothesis?
- 6) What are the Specific Aims (2-3)?
Submit Specific Aims from your work, if possible. The more examples the Instructor receives, the better chances that he or she will select an example that may be relevant to your research.
What You Will Need
- REQUIRED: Computer/Tablet - PC, Mac, iOS, Android, or Windows Mobile (mobile devices may require free appstore download)
- REQUIRED: Internet connection - This is a live webinar
- REQUIRED: Headset, headphones, or speakers - Access to a microphone or headset allows verbal questions, otherwise questions may be asked through chat box
- Organizational or Institution Information - A brief description and/or mission statement and/or current strategic plan of your institution
- Proposals - Current, planned, or past; funded or unfunded; requests for proposals; review or judging criteria; reviewers' comments or critiques
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Cancellation & Refund Policy
- If you are unable to attend the workshop and wish to receive a full refund, we must be notified five (5) business days prior to the start of the workshop.
- If you cancel one to four (1-4) business days prior to the start of the workshop, or the day of the workshop, no refund will be given. Instead, you will receive a credit for a future course.
- With regard to rare and unforeseen circumstances, the Grant Training Center reserves the right to reschedule or cancel a workshop. If such an event occurs, we will notify participants via email and phone at least 2 weeks before the start of the workshop. Participants who have paid, but are unable to attend a rescheduled workshop will receive either a refund or a credit toward a workshop at a later date.