Writing/Designing NIH Proposals
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
Dr. Maria Esformes
Dr. Maria Esformes has lectured and taught for the Grant Training Center for eight years. In her extensive career as an academic at such institutions as Harvard, University of Massachusetts, University of Washington, University of South Florida, and the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada she has written and received major research and programmatic grants from such donors as the Mellon Foundation, Skirball Foundation, Maurice Amado Foundation, American Philosophical Society, and various government grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission. Dr. Esformes has participated on many grant review panels for internal University grants and for government grants. Most recently she has reviewed grants for the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Dr. Esformes received her B.A. from Portland State University (Portland, Oregon), M.A. from the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington), and her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado (Boulder, Colorado).
|8:30 am -||9:30 am||General Grant Writing Concepts|
|9:30 am -||10:15 am||Navigating the NIH Website and the RePORTER|
|10:30 am -||11:00 am||NIH Organization and Funding Mechanisms|
|11:00 am -||12:00 pm||Development of an Application – General Concepts & Planning|
|12:00 pm -||1:00 pm||Lunch - On Your Own|
|1:00 pm -||1:20 pm||Specific Aims Discussion|
|1:20 pm -||2:30 pm||Writing the Proposal|
|2:30 pm -||3:00 pm||Reviewing the NIH Application|
|3:15 pm -||4:00 pm||Mock Panel Review|
|4:00 pm -||4:30 pm||Summary, Q & A|
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:
- What problem are you going to address?
- What is the gap in the problem that will become your research proposal?
- What is the significance of your proposal?
- What is your hypothesis?
- What are the Specific Aims (2-3)?
- Why is your proposal innovative?
What to Bring
- Laptop and charger - All workshop materials will be supplied via USB drive and email. Many will be in PDF format.
- Power strip or Extension cord
- Paper and pens for note taking
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Cancellation & Refund Policy
Grant Training Center (GTC) has the sole and absolute discretion to reschedule and cancel all workshops. In the event of such a cancellation, GTC will attempt to notify attendees two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop. If a participant has paid for the cancelled workshop and is unable to attend the rescheduled session, he/she will receive either a refund or a credit toward a future workshop. If we do not hear from the attendee within 30 days, they will not be able to receive a refund.
In no event shall GTC be responsible for travel arrangements or other costs related to or arising from workshop attendance or GTC’s rescheduling or cancellation of the workshop. Participants should contact GTC prior to making travel arrangements to ensure the workshop is taking place.
If you are unable to attend the workshop and wish to receive a full refund, GTC must be notified at least seven (7) business days prior to the start of the workshop.
If you cancel less than seven business days prior to the start of the workshop, no refund will be given. Instead, you will receive credit for a future workshop, which is valid for one (1) year.
Force Majeure: If a workshop is canceled due to reasons of Act of God or nature, war, riot, strike, or labor dispute, the cancellation policy will not apply and the fee will transfer to the rescheduled workshop. If participants cannot attend the rescheduled date, the registration fee can be utilized for any Grant Training Center workshop during a period of exactly one (1) year from the date of the original workshop.
Individual Membership Cancellation: Once an individual membership has been paid and processed, members will have three (3) days to cancel for a full refund. After the three (3) day period, no refunds will be issued.