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 grants.gov. 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.

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