The University of Arizona

NIH R Series Grant Preparation Program

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Overview

The NIH Research Grants (R series) comprise the largest category of funding by many of the NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs). For 2018-2019 the preparation program is specifically targeted at the NIH Research Project Grant Program (R01) with an emphasis on early-career investigators interested in pursuing their first R01 submission. The R01 provides support for health-related research and development based on the mission of the NIH.

Schedule for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch to the in-person workshops.

In-Person Workshops

The following workshops are offered both in-person and by webinar. While the following workshops and webinars are targeted towards faculty interested in submitting to the NIH R01 mechanism, the workshops and webinars are open to any (faculty, students, staff) affiliated with UA.

  • September 13, 2018: NIH R01 Preparation for Early Stage Investigators
    The NIH R01 Preparation for Early Stage Investigators workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of strategies to consider when preparing an NIH R01 proposal including finding and choosing the appropriate Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the components of rigor and reproducibility, utilizing available campus and NIH resources, and compliance considerations.  Participants will learn the distinctions between different types of NIH FOAs, how to determine what NIH has funded in a particular area, how and where to emphasize the rigor and reproducibility requirements in an R01 proposal, and how to maximize available proposal development services. An overview of the Research Development Services NIH webinars and workshops will also be provided.
    Time:
    Location: Marshall Building, Room 531
    In-Person Registration: UAccess Learning UA-1504-1
    Webinar Registration: forthcoming

  • January 23, 2019: Crafting the Specific Aims page & Introduction to Resubmissions
    The Specific Aims and Introduction to Resubmissions workshop will cover the most important page of an NIH submission or resubmission—the Specific Aims page and the Introduction, respectively. Participants will learn how to prepare an outline for the Specific Aims and Introduction pages as well as strategies for crafting the Specific Aims page to “sell” your research and different approaches for addressing reviewer concerns in the Introduction to a Revised Submission.  
    Time:
    Location: Marshall Building, Room 531
    In-Person Registration: forthcoming
    Webinar Registration: forthcoming

Webinar Series

  • October 10, 2018: Preparing for Proposal Submission
    The Preparing for Proposal Submission webinar will provide an overview of choosing an appropriate NIH funding mechanism, using NIH RePORTER, and communicating with federal Program Officers. Participants will learn the important distinctions between different NIH mechanisms, how to determine what has been funded by the different NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs), success rates by IC and mechanism, choosing the appropriate study section, and how to find and communicate with NIH Program Officers.
    Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm
    Webinar Registration: Zoom Registration

  • November 15, 2018: Understanding the NIH Grant Review Process
    The NIH Grant Review Process webinar will cover the NIH review process from initial Receipt and Referral of proposals through Advisory Council Review, including study section review, scoring, and how funding decisions are made.  Participants will learn how to determine the scientific contacts for a particular Funding Opportunity Announcement and who to contact at various steps in the submission and review process, finding and choosing a study section, using an Assignment Request Form, and how to direct your proposal to a particular NIH Institution.
    Time: 12:30pm to 2:00pm
    Webinar Registration: forthcoming

  • February 14, 2019: Rigor & Reproducibility
    The Rigor & Reproducibility webinar will provide an overview of the NIH components of Rigor and Reproducibility and how to successfully craft an application to best address the individual requirements. Participants will learn to distinguish scientific premise from significance and rationale, how to emphasize scientific rigor, examples of relevant biological variables, and how to craft the authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources plan.
    Time: 12:30pm to 2:00pm
    Webinar Registration: forthcoming

  • March 27, 2019: Significance & Innovation
    The Significance and Innovation webinar will focus specifically on the first two sections of the NIH Research Strategy. Participants will learn how to structure the Significance section and how to clearly demonstrate the scientific premise of the proposal, and how to define and demonstrate Innovation, including distinguishing between truly novel, the new application of a technology or approach, and refinements to existing approaches.  
    Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm
    Webinar Registration: forthcoming

  • April 25, 2019: Approach
    The Approach webinar will focus on how to organize the Approach section of the NIH Research Strategy, including required level of detail, integrating the why and the how, and demonstrating feasibility. Participants will learn different organizational strategies, where to include preliminary data, and how to demonstrate the required elements of rigor and reproducibility. 
    Time: 12:30pm to 2:00pm
    Webinar Registration: forthcoming

  • May 15, 2019: NIH Attachments
    The NIH Attachments webinar will provide an overview of the supplemental documents required for most NIH applications including the Biosketch, Authentication of Key Biological and Chemical Resources, Resource Sharing Plan, Vertebrate Animals section, and the Human Subjects attachments for clinical trials and clinical research. Participants will learn the information that must be provided in each attachment, how to distinguish between the information to be included in the Research Strategy versus the attachments, and how the information contained in the attachments factors into the Overall application score.
    Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm
    Webinar Registration: forthcoming

Writing Groups

Writing groups led by Research Development Associates begin in November of 2018 and target the June 2019 R01 standard deadline. The 2018-2019 year is the pilot of this program and as such has limited availability. Applications to join the writing group open September 14, 2018 and close October 5, 2018.