Grant Writing Workshop Series, October 15-16, 2014

When: October 15-16, 2014
Registrationhttps://redcap.vcu.edu/rc/surveys/?s=G746oQ5eJQ

In 2013, the Office of Research invited Dr. Robert Porter to offer a single, 3-hour interactive grant writing training to new investigators entitled “Strategies for Success in Sponsored Research.” Dr. Porter has presented grant writing workshops at leading universities and medical schools internationally, and is national leader in the growing field of research development.

That event was an overwhelming success, with attendees stating that the session was “very focused,” “insightful,” and “fantastic!”

Based on these reviews, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Porter will return to VCU on October 15 and 16, 2014 to present four hands-on grant writing modules for graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and staff. These sessions are targeted to those who are new to grant writing and who plan to submit research proposals. You may register for one or multiple sessions, depending on your interests.

Register for all sessions at: https://redcap.vcu.edu/rc/surveys/?s=G746oQ5eJQ. Note: These workshops will not be video recorded.

1. CAREER DEVELOPMENT GRANTS FOR PRE- AND POSTDOCS

 Date & Time: October 15, 8:30am – 11:30am
Location:
Molecular Medicine Research Building, 1009-1011
Target audience:
Graduate students, Postdocs, Faculty Mentors

SESSION FULL. Email Jessica Venable to be added to the waitlist.

This session will focus on National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health grants that support doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows as they transition through critical career stages, from early graduate study to the doctoral dissertation, the initial postdoctoral fellowship, and on to becoming an independent investigator. We will examine the purpose and structure of NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship programs and its Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants. NIH funding mechanisms such as F awards, K awards, and the Pathway to Independence program will be described. Requirements unique to career development proposals will be specified, and successful proposals will be used to illustrate principles of effective writing. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Choosing the appropriate award track for your career stage
  • Anatomy of a typical career award proposal
  • Understanding the grant review process
  • Contacting grant program officers

2. BUILDING THE NIH GRANT PROPOSAL

Date & TimeOctober 15, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location
Molecular Medicine Research Building, 1009-1011
Target audience:
 Postdocs, New investigators, New grant writers, Proposal development staff, Research Staff

The complex requirements of an NIH grant proposal place extreme demands on the grant writer. From the tight logic of the Hypothesis/Specific Aims section to the minute details of the Research Design, the exacting format requires precise adherence to guidelines. This workshop will focus on key principles for effective writing in each major component of the proposal. Samples from successful proposals will be cited, with special attention to a model R01 proposal, annotated by NIH staff. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Overview of NIH Mission, Structure and Budget
  • Characteristics of Successful Proposals
  • Recent Changes in Proposal Formats (R01, R03, R21)
  • The Abstract: Last written, First Read
  • Hypothesis/Specific Aims: Crafting a Solid Foundation
  • Tips for Writing the Research Strategy Section
  • The Revised NIH Peer Review Process

3. STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS IN SPONSORED RESEARCH

Co-sponsored by the College of Humanities and Sciences
Date & TimeOctober 16, 8:30am – 11:30am
LocationVCU Globe — West Grace St Student Housing North, 1030J
Target audience: Postdocs, New investigators, New and novice grant writers, Proposal development staff, Research Staff; those in the STEM, social and behavioral science, arts, and humanities disciplines are encouraged to attend.

SESSION FULL. Email Jessica Venable to be added to the waitlist.

In addition to having good grant writing skills, investigators must assess if their proposals are a good match for the funding agency, understand how to work with program officers, and communicate in ways that will meet reviewers? expectations. The “Strategies for Success in Sponsored Research” workshop is designed to build investigators’ skills in these areas. This workshop features three interactive modules:

  • Got a Match? Assuring your proposal is a good fit with a given grant program is a critical first step. This small group exercise will focus on an actual grant program, and participants will assess whether a specific research idea matches what the sponsor wants to fund.
  • Can We Talk? Contacting Grant Program Officers. Experienced grant writers know that communicating with the sponsor agency prior to writing the proposal  is a critical first step. This session will provide tips for planning and conducting a productive dialogue with a grant program officer.
  • Proposal Evaluation: Grant Reviewer Exercise. In this session, participants will act as a mock review panel, reading and evaluating a sample grant proposal. The intent is to help grant writers understand what reviewers are looking for and how meet to those expectations.

Participants will receive a comprehensive handout package that can be used as they develop future proposals.

4. GRANTS IN THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Co-sponsored by the College of Humanities and Sciences
Date & TimeOctober 16, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
LocationVCU Globe — West Grace St Student Housing North, 1030J
Target audience: Postdocs, New investigators, New and novice grant writers, Proposal development staff, Research Staff

SESSION FULL. Email Jessica Venable to be added to the waitlist.

Starting with the National Endowment for the Humanities, this workshop will cover a number of funding sources of particular interest to disciplines broadly grouped in the humanities and social sciences. Specific grant programs will be reviewed, together with eligibility requirements, funding levels, and lists of projects recently funded by each program. Key elements of the NEH grant review process will be covered, and excerpts from successful proposals will be highlighted. Additionally, participants will be guided to numerous opportunities posted by private foundations. Topics to be covered include:

  • Overview of NEH mission, structure and budget
  • Fellowships and residency programs
  • Awards targeted to junior faculty
  • Support for graduate study and doctoral dissertations
  • Key do’s and don’ts for success

About Jessica Venable

Coordinator for Research Development Services, VCU Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

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