Writing/Designing NIH Proposals

Online Workshop

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




8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)




Dr. 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.

Condensed Agenda:

10:00 am -10:30 amThe NIH Road Map and Its Implications
10:45 am -11:15 amWhere Do I Start? Composing the Pieces of a Research Grant Proposal
11:15 am -12:00 pmWriting: Hypothesis, Specific Aims, Background and Significance, Research Design, Preliminary Studies, Biographical Sketches
1:00 pm -2:30 pmThe New Scoring (1-9) and Review Process
2:45 pm -3:15 pmReview the NIH Video on CSR Steps and Procedures
3:15 pm -4:15 pmCase Studies: Sample Specific Aims
4:15 pm -4:30 pmQuestions 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

  • Attendee Cancellation: If you are unable to attend the workshop, you must notify Grant Training Center at least five (5) business days prior to the start of the workshop to receive a full refund. If you fail to notify Grant Training Center at least five (5) business days before the start of the workshop, you will not be eligible for a refund but will receive a credit toward a future workshop offered by Grant Training Center.
  • Grant Training Center Cancellation: All workshops are subject to rescheduling and cancellation in Grant Training Center’s sole and absolute discretion. In no event shall Grant Training Center be responsible for travel arrangements or other costs related to or arising from workshop attendance or Grant Training Center’s rescheduling or cancellation of the workshop. In the event of such a cancellation, Grant Training Center will use its best efforts to promptly notify enrollees, and endeavors to provide notification at least two weeks prior to the scheduled beginning of the workshop. If you have already paid for the cancelled workshop, you will be eligible for a refund of the enrollment fee.

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