“Putting Grantsmanship into Your Grant-Writing Efforts: Making an Impact at NIH.” This four-part lecture and interactive workshop (meeting once weekly for four consecutive weeks) is the centerpiece of SciCom’s educational and informational efforts. It is tailored to both clinical and basic researchers who have started their research careers but are still somewhat inexperienced in planning and preparing NIH grant applications.

The lecture portion of the workshop includes examples from actual successful grant applications. This provides participating investigators with a new perspective on what NIH reviewers are looking for when judging proposals and on how to craft proposals that are more competitive. The following topics are covered:

  • Session 1 — Elements of Grantsmanship
  • Session 2 — Defining the “Sustained, Powerful Influence” of Your Proposal: Significance and Innovation
  • Session 3 — A Proposal in Microcosm: Crafting the Specific Aims Page
  • Session 4 — A Logical Approach: Preparing the Approach and Preliminary Studies

For the interactive portion, SciCom editors work one-on-one with participants to offer guidance and critiques of hypotheses, specific aims, and other assigned materials. As a practical goal, participants are expected to produce a usable specific aims page that can be sent to potential funding sources to gauge interest.The dates for the next workshop will be announced on our homepage and on UAMS Campus Announcements.

“Enhancing Your Peer Review.” Offered regularly but not quite yearly, this panel discussion and Q&A forum brings together a group of UAMS researchers who serve on NIH study sections, with the goal of enriching campus investigators’ understanding of the NIH peer-review process. Panelists share their experiences of the process, answer questions from the audience, and provide helpful advice.

SciCom editors also have prepared and given presentations on

  • Resubmitting applications to NIH
  • Preparing budgets and forms for NIH applications
  • Preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication