For those preparing to write an NIH T-series submission, and the people who advise them.
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CME Learning Objectives:
At the end of 2 hours 50 minutes of coursework, you will be able to:

  1. Prepare for the submission and employ winning strategies to lay the crucial groundwork
  2. Write a strong submission using tips shared from deep experience with these funding mechanisms
  3. Acquire key information about what makes a strong NIH T32 application, and apply that information to develop better NIH grantsmanship at the T level.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and Meg Bouvier Medical Writing, LLC. The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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Part I. Planning Your Program
What is the purpose of an NIH institutional training grant? How do you choose one? How do you prepare in order to optimize your chance of success? We will discuss when to consider writing a T32, how to identify a topic area that fits the strengths and needs of your group, how to identify optimal MPIs and mentors, and ways to think about formulating a strong curriculum. We will emphasize how and from whom to elicit feedback on your ideas and plans before moving ahead with writing. I’ll present a task list for administrators and a draft timeline and milestones.

Part II. Writing the Research Strategy Part 1
The 25-page Research Strategy of a T32 is complex and highly detailed. We will discuss how to write the Background section; Training Program & Environment; PDs/PIs; and Preceptors/Mentors. Emphasis will be placed on winning strategies I’ve seen on successful applications. We will also review how to fill out and refer to Tables 1-5.

Part III. Writing the Research Strategy Part 2

Here we discuss winning strategies for writing about the Trainees and the Training Record, which includes a detailed discussion of your evaluation plan. Tips for filling out and referring to Tables 6-8 are presented. This talk also includes instructions for creating a successful Recruitment Plan to Enhance Diversity.

Part IV. RCR, Rigor, Mistakes Commonly Made
We will wrap up with a discussion of the design and writing of the 3-page Plan for Instruction in Responsible Conduct in Research; and the all-important 3-page Plan for Instruction in Methods for Enhancing Reproducibility. We will conclude with a presentation of the 12 most common mistakes I see on T32 Summary Statements, and the successful “fixes” my clients have used to overcome these criticisms.