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Workshop Curriculum

Orientation to Scientific Review

  • The current state of NIH
  • Overview of the NIH extramural mechanisms of funding (R and K series)
  • Reading and interpreting Requests for Proposals (RFAs) and Program Announcements (PAs)


Anatomy of a Grant: Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

  • Characteristics, content, and function of the various components of the proposal: the Specific Aims and the Research Strategy and its subsections (Significance, Innovation, Approach, Timeline)
  • How to write for reviewers


Specific Aims and Hypotheses:

  • Writing a Concise and Captivating First Page
  • How, when, and where do I start?


“Peer Review Revealed” videos and discussion

  • What actually happens in the Peer Review Committee
  • What happens after the Peer Review Committee


Parsing Summary Statements: The Inevitable Resubmission

  • The review sheet
  • How to interpret negative reviews
  • What should I do if my score just misses the funding cut-off? If it is triaged?
  • Should I talk to my program officer about the review? What sort of questions should I ask?


Mock Review Panel

  • Participants will receive the Specific Aims of these grants to read before the workshop.
  • A panel of experienced faculty will serve as reviewers

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