OFTEN THE MOST COST-EFFECTIVE STRATEGY
FOR TRAINING GRANTEES IS A WORKSHOP.
Dr. Bouvier will work with you to customize a program specifically for the needs of your audience. We will also happily work with other groups you might bring in to present.
Workshops can address a more general topic, or can be geared toward a specific issue. Courses can be offered for CME. Please contact us to discuss a workshop that will fit your needs and budget.
“My office hired Meg to deliver two workshops on preparing successful applications to the National Institutes of Health (one basic level and another more advanced). In the months leading up to the event, Meg was responsive to our requests for information and reciprocated with pertinent questions regarding the attendees. The workshop itself, was comprehensive and incredibly informative. Our faculty and staff members had positive reviews of the experience. Meg provided a personable and professional service and we look forward to working with her in the future.”
– Faye Farmer, Associate Director, Research Strategy Group, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development at Arizona State University
TIPS FROM THE TRENCHS
A SUCCESSFUL GRANT WRITER’S PERSPECTIVE ON WRITING AN NIH R01 GRANT APPLICATION
Typically 4 hours, this workshop is great for those applying for their first R-series grant, or those not yet successful with an R application. We provide a workbook covering the main sections of the application. Examples of each section (e.g., Specific Aims) contain common mistakes. Attendees break into groups to identify mistakes, then as a large group we discuss. Funded examples appear at the back of the workbook.
“Meg has perfected the ability to take the “mystique” out of the process of application writing! It is now, no longer a daunting exercise!…A great workshop and extremely helpful. Meg’s persona and energy were also appreciated! … Learned how to write a great Specific Aims and Significance section. Also the exercises were very helpful” …I appreciated the practical checklist.”
– Excerpts of Evaluations from “Tips From The Trenches” workshops
Approximately 1-2 hours, this class focuses on those preparing for a P-series (center grant) or U-series (cooperative agreement) application, or a contract proposal. We focus on the lessons learned from Dr. Bouvier’s years of successfully applying for large-format grants, and the comments she typically sees in reviewer responses.
“Meg is at her best when talking about her experiences. Information when she was speaking about what reviewers
are seeking & buzzwords was great.”
– Evaluation from a center grant application Master Class
These sessions generally last 30-90 mins. The format relies heavily on question-and-answer with some formal presentation. It is best for administrators to survey attendees beforehand to identify topics of interest to them. Possible topics (we also accept requests for topics):
- Mistakes Commonly Made on NIH Grant Applications
- Crucial Steps to Take Before Your Write an NIH Application
- R34 Preclinical Planning Grants and NIH Clinical Trials
- Choosing Your NIH Funding Mechanism
- How to Write a Resubmission
- How to Write a Competing Renewal
- Understanding the NIH Review Process
- R15 Grant Applications
A client might assemble a panel of NIH “experts” consisting of Dr. Bouvier, pre-award support staff, funded investigators from the institution, investigators who have served on study sections, and other grant experts. Audience members can pose questions to the panel. Generally at least 2 hours, this informal, highly participatory format works well even with an audience of hundreds.
BROWN BAG LUNCH
It can be useful to bring together a small group of individuals at lunchtime to chat informally with presenters about a specific topic. One such topic might be issues specific to junior faculty/young investigators. If you have assembled an expert panel as suggested above, you could have each panel member conduct their own brown bag lunch. For example, a university pre-award support staffer could conduct a brown bag lunch on IRB issues.
Sometimes once we have traveled to a site to give a workshop, the client keeps Dr. Bouvier an extra day (or combines part of a day with workshops) to work one-on-one with faculty. These sessions last 30 minutes and may entail review of pink sheets, advice on grantsmanship approaches, review and edit of Specific Aims, or other targeted advising.