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Research Studio boosts success in R01 submissions

By Wendy S. Meyer

Research Studio
​The Research Studio program is an intensive 90-minute consultation that brings together high-level experts with investigators who are developing a particular research project. The program (provided at no cost to CCTSI members) is subsidized by the CCTSI, and has a proven track record of contributing to successful grant submissions and increasing funding. 

Jodi Holtrop, PhD, Family Medicine, previously submitted an R01 application, which was neither reviewed nor funded. When the Research Studio group reviewed her application, they made suggestions on how to change the design along with how to sell the idea in general. 

After the Research Studio, our R01 application was successfully funded,” said Dr. Holtrop. “The structure of the studio process allowed us to get feedback from individuals outside our usual group of reviewers and provided time for group discussion rather than just one-on-one consultations. The session allowed my entire team to participate, so we all were part of the same discussion and heard the same messages, which facilitated ongoing discussions among my team about what to do next.” 

In the past, the program was operated on a “one-off” model, soliciting researchers to participate and then recruiting panelists and scheduling sessions one at a time. “Though this model was useful for researchers, it proved to be a somewhat inefficient way of operating the program, resulting in delays and unpredictable scheduling timelines,” said Research Studio Co-Directors Jane Reusch, MD and David West, PhD. "We are pilot testing a new model that will schedule multiple studios on a single day with a core group of research experts as panelists.” 

This new model will debut on December 9, with five researchers participating. Reusch and West will alternate between moderator and expert panelist, along with a handful of additional panelists. 

The current plan is to organize this type of multi-studio session a few times a year, with the next session happening in late winter or early spring of 2017. For more information and to sign up for the next session, go to Research Studio​.

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