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Grant Writing

CLASSES

Intensive Grant Writing Class (9 session course)

This class provides participants – who are new/junior faculty -- with the opportunity to learn how to write a competitive R01 grant application in a small group, interactive setting.  Participants attend weekly class sessions, during which they learn how to develop the content of each component of an NIH R01: Specific Aims; Significance; Innovation; Approach; and Project Summary. Additional subjects include Environment; Biosketch and the budget. This class is intended for junior faculty who are actively working on an R01. 

Target audience: UMB Junior faculty

PREV617 Grant Writing Course

The Grant Writing course is interactive, with a “peer-review structure”; as such, participants are required to write and submit specific sections of their grants for review by class participants.  In addition, participants are expected to review and critique their course-mates’ work. 

Target audience: UMB Junior faculty

Grant Writing Class: Writing a Career Development (“K”) Award (9 session course)

This Grant Writing Class provides participants – who are new/junior faculty or senior postdocs -- with the opportunity to learn how to write a competitive career development award in a small group, interactive setting.  Participants attend weekly class sessions, during which they learn how to develop the content of each component of an NIH career development award, including the Candidate sections as well as the Research Plan.  

Target audience: UMB Junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows


WORKSHOPS

Grant Writing Workshop for New Investigators (1 day workshop)

This workshop is targeted to new/junior faculty who have not yet applied to the NIH or who are not familiar with the (new) i.e. shorter version of the NIH grant application. This one-day, examples-driven workshop is designed to help faculty understand how to plan, organize and write a competitive grant application, with a focus on the R01. The workshop is designed to help investigators understand how to write the components of an NIH grant application (Specific Aims; Significance; Innovation; Approach, including Statistical Analysis) as well as Budget/Budget Justification.  In addition, participants learn how to write their grants to address the NIH review criteria, as well as understand the NIH System of Peer Review. 

Target audience: UMB Junior faculty, senior postdoctoral fellows and clinical fellows

Tips for Writing an R03/R21 NIH Grant Application (1/2 day workshop)

The NIH offers two grant mechanisms to support the early stages of project development: the R03 (Small Research Grant) and the R21 (Exploratory Developmental Research Grant).  These two mechanisms, both of which support up to 2 years of research, are often useful as a stepping stone to an R01.  The basic difference between these mechanisms is that while the R03 supports small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources, the R21 supports exploratory, novel studies that are high risk, but which promise high reward.  This workshop focuses on how to write each of these grant mechanisms.

Target audience: UMB Junior faculty

How to Write a Career Development (K) Award ½ day workshop)

This workshop is intended for new/junior faculty and senior postdocs interested in applying for a career development “K” award. This workshop is an overview and covers the following subjects: the range of NIH career development awards, including how to identify the most appropriate “K” award; pointers for writing the Research Strategy (Aims, Significance, Innovation, Approach) as well as non-research parts of a “K” award (personal statement, career development plan, ethics training, etc.).  

Target audience: UMB Junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows and clinical fellows

Developing a Significant Research Question: Lecture and Workshop

This session is designed to help faculty understand the criteria which reviewers use in assessing whether a research question is significant (e.g., potentially fundable). In addition, this session identifies common errors in developing research questions, particularly among new investigators. Participants have the opportunity to receive critical feedback on their research question. 

Target audience: UMB Junior faculty

Getting your protocol through the IRB Seminar

This seminar covers the basics of conducting human subjects research at UMB including an introduction to the Human Research Protections Program (HRPP), the basics of conducting research at UMB, including principal investigators' responsibilities, as well as a discussion of the Comprehensive Institutional Collaborative Evaluation of Research On-line (CICERO) program for submitting and reviewing human subjects research protocols. 

Target audience: UMB Junior faculty

How to Write the New NIH Biosketch

Recently the NIH announced changes to the NIH biosketch, which will be required for all grant applications as of May 25, 2015. This seminar addresses the changes including page length as well as content/style. There are three new aspects of the biosketch, all of which are discussed in this session:   1) description of up to 5 of the P.I.’s most significant contributions to science; description of P.I.’s specific role in important discoveries, documented by publications; inclusion of link to your publications in new SciENcv or My Bibliography. Use of the SciENcv tool for creating a Biosketch online are also discussed. In addition, there are several changes to the personal statement. All of these changes are discussed in this session. Please note: this session focuses on strategies for early stage/new investigators, as the changes may pose particular challenges for scientists who are at earlier stages of their careers. 

Target audience: UMB Junior faculty

FUNDING

Identifying Funding Sources for Postdocs (monthly)

This interactive workshop, given by Stacie Mendoza, Research Information Specialist, will assist postdocs in identifying non-NIH sources of funding for their research. Topics will include:

  • Comprehensive introduction to various funding resources, including searchable databases and useful websites
  • Interactive demonstration using funding databases
  • Helpful tips for identifying sources of funding

Identifying Funding Sources for Faculty (monthly)

This interactive workshop given by Stacie Mendoza, Research Information Specialist, will assist faculty in identifying non-NIH sources of funding for their research. Topics will include:

  • Comprehensive introduction to various funding resources, including searchable databases and useful websites
  • Interactive demonstration using funding databases
  • Helpful tips for identifying sources of funding

In order to increase awareness of non-NIH funding sources, the Office for Research Career Development hosts a bi-monthly seminar series for UMB researchers who would like to learn how to identify, apply and write a grant application for non-NIH sources of funding. Seminars include:

  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Department of Defense
  • Corporate sponsors

More to come...