Live trainings can be on site or livestreamed — both offer a lively, highly interactive experience for grantees. I offer customized presentations for as many or few participants as you choose- as half- or full-day live trainings, working solo or in tandem with other groups. Courses can be offered for CME.

Popular Training Topics

How to Write an NIH R-Series Submission

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. I carefully lay out the steps to take to prepare to write (identifying the optimal institute, seeking advice from the program officer, selecting the best study section and examining the roster, etc). Then, I describe in detail how to write the Specific Aims, Significance, Innovation, and Approach.The training includes a workbook with instructions, my tips, and samples of each section from recently funded grant applications. Additionally, grantees practice editing a grant application using samples (e.g., Specific Aims) into which I have inserted mistakes grantees commonly make. With large audiences, I have attendees break into groups to identify mistakes, then as a large group we discuss.

How to Write an NIH Multiproject Submission

You have a group of grantees who have mastered the NIH R series and you feel it is time to think strategically about moving to the next stage: NIH center grants or multiproject cooperative agreements. But how does one begin? The NIH multiproject grants can lead to the most gratifying stage of one’s career, in which one directs a research center or a hub within a cooperative network. But the leap from an individual grant program to directing these larger centers can be daunting. This 4-hr training provides an overview of the NIH multiproject submissions, how to select the optimal one for your set of circumstances, how best to prepare for one, and tips and tricks for writing a winning application. I will draw from my own successes in the P and U series to help illustrate examples of successful grantsmanship strategies.

How to Write an NIH K-Series Submission

Medical centers worry that the physician-scientist pipeline leaks at the K level—their MD/PhDs either are not landing their K, or are not completing their research after they do land the K. This 5-hour workshop is particularly popular with medical centers seeking help for faculty writing K08/K23 submissions, but is broadly applicable to all K grantees at any institution. The format is similar to the R-series training above, but also covers the Career Development and Mentoring Plans for this submission type.

Other Topics

I am happy to cover other aspects of NIH granstmanship that you believe a group of grantees might need. For instance, any of my virtual training topics can be offered at live trainings. Some of my best live training agendas and talks are born from collaborating with you. Please contact me for specific topics of interest.

“A lot of clear grantwriting “pearls”. The 1:1 session was particularly invaluable. I would highly recommend this experience to colleagues.”

Other Formats for Live Trainings

Expert Panel

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. Issues specific to NIH Early Stage Investigators is a popular topic. If you have assembled an expert panel, you can have each panel member conduct their own brown bag lunch. For example, a university pre-award support staffer can conduct a brown bag lunch on IRB or budget issues.


Sometimes when I am on site to give a training, a client requests a half day of my time to work 1:1 with individual grantees. 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.

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