Three New Webinars For June

In recent years, I have noticed a concerning trend among my grantees: They are paying for my consulting services with personal checks rather than through institutional support. Last February I launched a series of three webinars to provide grantees a lower-cost alternative to one-on-one grant consulting.

I appreciate the enthusiastic support we have had for the webinars. Due to the popularity of the Grantsmanship webinars in February, I am hosting three *new* webinars in addition to the three I debuted in February. While I personally feel that grantees submitting for deadlines in October/November should begin writing in June, I realize that it is a busy month with a lot of travel. All of my webinars will be available on-demand for three months after they are broadcast in June. So don’t worry if you are unable to attend live. Sign up, send me your questions in advance (or after viewing), and I will answer them during the presentation or via email.

The three new webinars:

Choosing Between the NIH R01, R21, and R03 (Tuesday June 16, 1pm-1:45pm EDT). How does one choose between the NIH R01 and the smaller-format R-series mechanisms? I will describe how each of these three mechanisms was designed to address a specific purpose, and how the lines between them have become blurred as the R03 program has gradually dried up and the R21 funding lines have worsened. I designed this webinar for those new to NIH.

Understanding the NIH Review Process (Thursday June 18, 2pm-2:45pm EDT). I will describe the path your application follows once it is uploaded to The webinar covers assignment to study section, the role of the primary/secondary/tertiary reviewers, and an understanding of who votes at the study section and on what they base their decision. You will learn about the importance of the program officer in this process. It is crucial to understand how reviewers assess your application, so you can integrate that knowledge into your approach to grantsmanship and write a stronger submission. This webinar is ideal for those new to NIH.

Best Practices Among Research Universities (Thursday June 25, 9:30am-11am EDT). Years of working with research institutions has taught me the practices that are common to those institutions that succeed (or don’t!) in the federal funding arena. I will share my opinions and observations about strategies to strengthen grantsmanship among faculty for universities seeking to increase their NIH funding portfolio. This webinar is ideal for research development staff, research deans, department chairs, grant administrators, and anyone in a position to effect change in their institution’s approach to grantsmanship among their research faculty.

I will also be hosting NIH Submission Strategies on Wednesday, June 10; Mistakes Commonly Made on NIH Grant Applications on Thursday, June 11; and How To Write the Specific Aims of An NIH R01 on Monday, June 22. Visit my website to learn more about all my June webinars and to register.

I plan to host another round of webinars in the late fall. Please send me your thoughts about topics you might like to see covered. Among the topics for which I have had requests: How to write a K submission; How to write a resubmission; and How to write a center grant application.

New Webinar: NIH Submission Strategies — Register Now!

You have a cool idea for a research project, now what? The second in my new webinar series addresses NIH Submission Strategies. As a person who works on NIH submissions full time, I know there are certain steps you can take before you write a single word that correlate with better scores and outcomes.

Some of these steps include the following: taking the time to understand the priorities of the stakeholders involved, including reading Appropriations Reports; learning which projects are already in the NIH funding portfolio to ascertain how you might adjust your idea to fit in; identifying multiple ICs (not just an obvious one) and shopping around different versions of your Specific Aims to gauge enthusiasm; building a relationship with the all-important Program Officer, who will help guide questions related to study design, FOA, ESI status, and study section; and understanding the review process and audience before you write.

Your team will invest hundreds of hours in your submission. Why not spend 90 minutes learning some tried-and-true strategies to use before you write that will optimize your chance of success? I probably work on more NIH submissions in a month than you will work on across your entire career. I’ve helped clients land over $200 million in federal funds, and I can help strengthen your submission and improve your grantsmanship as well.

Bundle with two more webinars and save! Three webinars for $499.

Read about all three webinars, including “Mistakes Commonly Made on NIH Grant Applications” and “How To Write The Specific Aims.”

NIH Submission Strategies

Who: Essential for grantees planning to submit an R01, R21, or R03 in an upcoming cycle, and the senior faculty and administrators who advise them.
When: Wednesday 11 February 2015, 11am-12:30pm EST or
Thursday 19 February 2015, 11am-12:30pm EST
Cost: $199; Or register for all three webinars this month for $499
Takeaways: At the end of this 90-minute session, participants will be able to:

1. Utilize the Reporter website to identify their niche in the funding portfolio
2. Identify likely ICs, POs, and FOAs
3. Write several drafts of their Aims to send to POs
4. Choose the most appropriate IC, FOA, and study section with PO guidance


New Webinar: “Mistakes Commonly Made on NIH Grant Applications”

In an effort to provide cost-effective training to the broadest group possible, I am launching a series of webinars in the upcoming months. The first of these will be in early February, and the goal will be to help grantees recognize and correct common submission mistakes.

Unlike many who conduct NIH submission training programs, I myself work on NIH submissions full time. I see clients make the same types of mistakes repeatedly– mistakes that are easily avoided.

Each year I am fortunate to have dozens of clients share their Summary Statements with me. Because I regularly read reviewer comments from a multitude of study sections, I can easily identify trends in pink sheets. I also keep track of evolving trends at NIH based on information I find in FOAs, Notices, and Appropriations Testimony. Study sections change, funding priorities evolve. It is important to understand NIH’s priorities right now.

I have helped clients land over $200 million in federal funds in the past five years. Your NIH submission will entail several hundred hours of work by you and others. Why not learn strategies to optimize your success on this and future submissions?

What: Webinar entitled “Mistakes Commonly Made on NIH Grant Applications

Who: Ideal for faculty preparing to submit a K, R21, R03, or R01 in an upcoming cycle, and the senior faculty and administrators who advise them.

When:Wednesday 4 February 2015, 11am-12:30pm EST or
Thursday 12 February 2015, 11am-12:30pm EST
Cost: $149
Takeaways: At the end of this 90-minute session, participants will be able to:
1) Predict some key criticisms reviewers may make
2) Identify problems in their or their colleague’s draft applications
3) Utilize that information to write stronger drafts