This is one of my most popular training models and, I believe, the optimal model for grantsmanship training for a cohort of grantees actively working on their own K- or R-series application.
Like all my trainings and consulting work, the goal is to improve not just a single submission, but the overall skill of the researcher as a grantee, mentor, and reviewer going forward. I feel that this is an outstanding way to impart grantsmanship training, and I am excited to offer this popular training to my clients.
First, I will advise you on how to select prepared grantees based on draft Specific Aims and biosketches. Then, the Club combines four distinct training sections (note that all stages can be virtual).
1. LIVE PRESENTATIONS (morning):
This half-day writing course typically consists of how to prepare to write an NIH submission (contacting the PO, obtaining feedback on the Aims before writing, selecting the optimal study section and reviewing the roster, etc); and detailed writing instructions and recent samples of successful Aims, Significance, Innovation, and Approach (plus Candidate Section and Mentoring Plan if a K submission). While the format is designed for the small cohort of club participants (8-10 people), this portion of the Club can be opened up to a broader audience in your organization (up to 35 people).
2. PRIVATE GRANTEE CONSULTS (AFTERNOON):
During a relaxed lunch with just the 8-10 selected club participants, I answer questions and chat about issues pertaining to choice of FOA, or ESI status, or whatever is on their minds. We also introduce ourselves and grantees talk a bit about their research and where they are in their grantsmanship training and experience. In the afternoon, I work 1:1 with the club participants. Before meeting, I may review a set of Summary Statements and their submission history. I may edit their Aims page or Introduction to Revised Application. Our meeting will focus on targeted grantsmanship strategies tailored to their needs.
3. VIRTUAL CONSULTING, SELF-PACED LEARNING (leading up to submission):
I work virtually with each grantee on their individual draft, providing detailed edits and comments in Track Changes to their Word documents. With their permission, these drafts are uploaded to a cloud-based server provided by their institution and made available to their fellow club participants. In this way, the group benefits from seeing my edits and feedback to all drafts—a huge benefit to their training, and one rarely afforded to a grantee due to confidentiality concerns.
4. MONTHLY VIRTUAL MEETINGS (LEADING UP TO SUBMISSION):
The group generally enjoys meeting about once a month until submission to discuss questions and concerns about their grantwriting and to share as a group. The tone of these discussions is collegial and often quite fun. By the time the group submits they feel more empowered and their grantsmanship level has risen. In addition, the group typically bonds with each other, finding readers of future grant applications and sometimes collaborators as well.
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