Winning your first NIH grant without losing sleep

An introduction to the basics of NIH grants and cooperative agreements, with tips and tricks from experienced leaders.
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 7/2014 English

Course Description

This course introduces the basic concepts of pursuing NIH grant funding. This introduction is intended for graduate students, postdocs, faculty, administrators and entrepreneurs. In this high level introduction, I will cover grants, contracts and cooperative agreements. Topics include:

  1. What a grant is and how to find funded proposals
  2. How to find what the NIH is looking for and how to engage program staff as a grantee
  3. How your proposal will be reviewed
  4. What to do when you get your reviews back
  5. Non-dilutive opportunities for startups and small businesses (SBIR/STTR/others)
  6. Tips on preparing proposals
  7. Pointers to other resources

What are the requirements?

  • None
  • Some background in science, engineering or business
  • Technical writing skills

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn the basics of NIH grants
  • Learn tips on how to prepare an application
  • How to engage the federal government before, during, and after your review and award
  • Discover opportunities available for funding

Who is the target audience?

  • Scientists
  • Engineers
  • Students
  • Administrators
  • Consultants

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: The Basics: Understanding NIH Funding
Introduction and Goals of the Course
Finding Successful and Funded NIH Proposals
What Can You Learn in a Funded Project Number?
Opportunity: Finding What the NIH is Looking For
Interpreting Opportunity: What's the Deal with an RFA?
NIH Commons and Your Web Portal for Interacting with the Process
Section 2: Getting to the Details: A Style Guide on the Components of a Grant Proposal
The Public Big Picture: The Project Summary and Narrative
The Moolah and Worker Bees: Developing a Budget, Justifying It and Key Personnel
1 page

This is an older fake example of a budget justification.

The Sales Pitch and the Nitty Gritty: The Specific Aims and Research Strategy
1 page

This is an example specific aims page from a previous proposal. It is somewhat old, but the basic concepts are there.

Letters, Protecting Humans, Sharing Resources and Everything Else
1 page

This is an older example using an outdated form, but gives you an idea of the content in a Resources description. Note this is different than the Resource Sharing plan.

Section 3: After You Submit Your Work of Art
Getting Thick Skin: How Your Proposal Is To Be Reviewed and What You Should Do
Review Panels and Timeline

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Sean Mooney, Scientist and Professor

Prof. Sean Mooney is a scientist in the fields of genetics and informatics, and he manages an active National Institutes of Health funded laboratory. He was an Associate Professor and Director of Bioinformatics at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Southern California and Indiana University and a faculty Lecturer at UC Berkeley. He received a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at UCSF in 2001 and was the John Peter Hoffman fellow in informatics and genetics at Stanford University from 2001-2003. He received tenure at Indiana University in 2009. In aggregate, he has raised more than $10 million in grant funding from the federal government, foundations and corporate sponsored research. He also has experience leading the construction of communities; he is co-founder of nonprofits focusing on biomedical entrepreneurship in the SF Bay Area, BioE2E and the Indiana Biomedical Entrepreneur Network. He was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2000 $150,000 Garage dot com Student Business Plan Competition, one of the largest of its kind, and was featured on CNN and in Businessweek Magazine. He sits on several editorial boards of journals, is the founder of multiple companies and is an active consultant to the the Department of Health and Human Services and to biotechnology, pharmaceutical and information technology companies.

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