**Due to the uncertainty in the coming months around COVID-19, we are transitioning the NIH Grant Writing Boot Camp to a live-stream, virtual training for this summer. With so many conferences and events being cancelled, we hope that offering this training to be “in-person” via a live-stream, remote format will allow our scientific community to continue learning and developing professionally together. We are working hard on integrating these hands-on skills to an interactive online format.**
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.
Federal grants, particularly from the NIH, provide a critical means of support for academic research programs. Despite the importance of this support in advancing both research and researchers' careers, training in how to obtain grants is uneven at best. This training gap leaves many researchers struggling to learn as they go, which can introduce significant stress, delay the time to a successful application, and impact their overall productivity.
The good news is that training and hands-on practice can enable you to conquer grant writing, increase your chances of receiving funding, and devote more time to moving your scientific goals forward.
The 2-day NIH Grant Writing Boot Camp: Building a Strong Foundation for Funding Success will provide comprehensive training that supplies researchers with the tools to write persuasive, effective grant proposals.
Through a combination of seminars, discussions, examples, and hands-on activities, and 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 grantspersonship), 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 virtual, live-stream 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 in-person 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
- Elements of good writing: Remembering and applying the rules you learned in 7th grade
- 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.
PREREQUISITES AND REQUIREMENTS
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.
Capacity is limited. Registration is required to attend.
JoAnn Schneider, MPA
Columbia [dot] GrantWriting [at] gmail [dot] com