NIH Grant Writing Boot Camp

Building a Strong Foundation for Funding Success
11:00 am
6:00 pm
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Virtual, live-stream
Department of Environmental Health Sciences
SHARP Training Program
Open to the Public
The NIH Grant Writing Boot Camp is a two-day intensive boot camp combining lectures, hands-on activities, and discussions to demystify the NIH application process. This training will prepare participants to submit an NIH grant proposal that turns reviewers into advocates, positioning the applicant for success.

Through a combination of seminars, discussions, examples, and hands-on activities, with a particular focus on navigating between-the-lines on how to tailor your proposals to grant reviewers, this training will orient you to all aspects of the academic funding process (i.e., grant writing and grant strategizing), including:

-How to identify and apply for the right funding opportunities with the NIH (and beyond);
-How to position your research and yourself to make reviewers your research advocates;
-How to target your application to the right place at the right time; and
-How to write clearly, effectively, and persuasively when telling your scientific story.

The workshop will begin with a live online seminar 2-3 weeks before the in-person program to introduce the fundamentals of drafting the Specific Aims page - that oh-so-important project overview that can make or break the reviewers' perception of the application.

The two-day live-stream portion of the workshop will cover critical topics that help you package your proposal for maximum impact:
-What the Aims page captures, why it's so important to get it right, and how to tackle it
-A comprehensive introduction to NIH funding announcements and award mechanisms: What to apply for, how to apply
-Merit review: Understanding who, what, why, and how enables you to frame your application
-Principles of good communication: How to "sell" yourself and your science
-Psychology of grant review
-Tackling resubmissions for ultimate success

Attendees will leave the boot camp with:
-A foundational understanding of the NIH granting process and how it pertains to public health research
-Hard-copy reference materials for information retention & review
-A refined Aims page
-A refined NIH Biosketch

One round of written feedback for a Specific Aims page will be made available to all attendees for 3 months after the workshop, at no additional cost, further solidifying the workshop concepts into practical skills.

Investigators at all career stages are welcome to attend, and we particularly encourage trainees and early-stage investigators to participate.

No prior experience in preparing or submitting NIH grant applications is necessary. However, each participant should be prepared to share* and work on an NIH Specific Aims page and an NIH biosketch. Participants who have not previously written an NIH-style Aims page and/or biosketch will have an opportunity to draft their page and receive initial feedback ahead of the on-site workshop. There are no other prerequisites to attend the NIH Grant Writing Boot Camp.
*Some hands-on activities may use participant aims pages, and we therefore request that all participants respect the confidentiality of other attendees. Any participant who prefers not to share their research ideas may create a mock aims page to use during the workshop.

-Sheila M. Cherry, PhD, Founder, Fresh Eyes Editing.
-April R.S. Gocha, PhD, Senior Editor, Fresh Eyes Editing.

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Capacity is limited. Registration is required to attend.


NIH Grant Writing Boot Camp