How successful have we been?
Among the 6 participants in last summer’s program, 5 submitted NIH proposals. These proposals included several different mechanisms (e.g. K99/R00, R01 and R21). One was funded, one was re-submitted, and the remainder are still pending. In the preceding year, our pilot year, among 7 participants, three submitted NIH grants and two of those were funded.
What is the program structure?
Participants attend 6-8 working-group meetings between mid-June and the end of August. Meetings include sessions devoted to:
- Introductions to different NIH grant mechanisms
- The application and funding process
- Peer review systems
- Workshopping different components of the written application
These sessions will serve as deadlines for completion of drafts of various sections of the NIH Research Plan (significance, innovation, investigator, approach, and environment). All participants are matched with one or more senior mentors who will read and comment on each section of the application. At the end of the summer, participants will participate in a mock NIH study section review to experience the scientific review process and receive advice for final revisions of the application. CSDE staff will participate throughout the process, helping with both the scientific and administrative aspects of the grant development of each project.
What do you get out of it?
Participants will receive mentorship, constructive criticism, camaraderie, structure, scientific consultations about methods and approach and grant-development support. Plus, your chances of grant funding are much stronger!
Yes, the program will be held by Zoom if needed, and in person, if possible.
What kind of matching support is required?
We are requesting that each applicant includes a letter of support from their chair, supervisor, or other unit head indicating that they support the applicant’s participation in the program. This is to ensure that the applicant and their chair/supervisor share an understanding that the applicant’s position enables them to submit a grant of this type in the near future.
We also encourage applicants to obtain a promise of matching support from their chair/supervisor. This might include some summer salary, research funding, or undergraduate or graduate student RA time. This support will go directly from the unit to the participant, without CSDE’s involvement. CSDE contributes roughly $5,000 per participant to run the program and units may consider this as an approximate guide in developing their match. The presence of this match may be considered in our review, although we encourage everyone considering an application to move forward with or without one, especially given the uncertain financial situation created by COVID-19.
Submit your application
Complete the application form here. This includes uploading drafts of your Specific Aims page, your NIH biosketch, and a letter from your chair/supervisor/unit head documenting their support for your participation in the summer workshop (with or without financial match). Please see below for guidance in drafting the Specific Aims and the biosketch.
Applications are due by 6 pm PT on May 8, 2020.
- Priority is given to CSDE affiliates, especially new faculty or early stage investigators (those seeking their first major external grant).
- Other criteria include quality of proposed research questions and their significance to population science, the likelihood that the proposed work will lead to a fully drafted application, the feasibility of the proposed work, and the applicant’s ability to conduct the work, and the indication that your chair is supportive of your effort throughout the workshop.
We encourage prospective applicants to contact us with questions about eligibility, expectations, or other concerns. Steve Goodreau is directing this summer’s program and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org .