2017 Syllabus

The NIH Grant Writing Series, sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative, is designed to prepare junior faculty (years 2-4) to submit an R01 or other individual investigator proposal to the NIH.

Seminar Series

The seminar series is led by faculty with a history of success with NIH proposals. These sessions will provide information and advice on all aspects of the grant writing process. Please click here to RSVP; recommended, but not required for attendance. The seminar series is open to all.

Session 1: Introduction to the NIH
August 29, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Location TBD

This session will give an overview of the structure of the NIH and the various funding mechanisms. Participants will learn to effectively communicate with Program Officers, and get tips for planning a successful proposal. A panel of faculty members will lead the session.

Session 2: NIH Peer Review Process
September 5, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Location TBD
This session will cover the review and scoring criteria for NIH proposals and the intricacies of the NIH peer review process. Participants will learn how to tailor their proposal to fit the NIH criteria.

Session 3: Specific Aims Development
September 12, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Location TBD
Participants will learn how to develop the Specific Aims section of their proposal

Session 4: Building a Successful Proposal, Part 1
September 19, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Location TBD
This session will provide an overview of other components of a standard research grant including: developing the research strategy, background/significance, methods, biosketches, narrative, and the cover letter.

Session 5: Building a Successful Proposal, Part 2
September 26, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Location TBD
This session will cover any remaining sections such as compliance, key personnel, subawards, incorporating collaborators and subcontracts, building the budget and budget justification, cost sharing, data dissemination, data sharing, letters of support, and research resources.

Session 6: Responding to Reviews
October 3, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Location TBD
Your grant went through peer review, but didn’t get funded. Now what? This session will address how to respond to the reviewers’ comments, interpret critiques, and use feedback from reviewers or mentors to improve your grant proposal.

Workshops and Mentoring

Faculty selected through the nomination process will participate in a peer review workshop and will be paired with an experienced faculty mentor to guide them through the writing process.

Specific Aim Peer Review Workshop
Date TBD, 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Location TBD
This session is loosely modeled after a study section with the participants acting as reviewers. Participants will act as primary or secondary reviewers, preparing written critiques of aims pages prior to the workshop. The critiques will be discussed as a group. Participants will get a taste of what it’s like to be on a review panel in addition to receiving peer feedback that will help them improve their Specific Aims page.

Mentor Meetings (three monthly meetings are recommended)
Participants are expected to schedule a minimum of three one-on-one meetings with their assigned mentor to receive feedback on their proposal at various stages (i.e., specific aims, research plan, and the first draft of the proposal).