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T21 - Grantsmanship101: ASPEN 2021 Grantsmanship Session (T21)

‐ Mar 23, 2021 11:00am

The goal of this session is to provide early career investigators (including research and clinical junior faculty, postdoctoral scholars and students) interested in nutrition research, with fundamental skills related to developing a relevant research question and methodology leading to successful grant proposal submissions for both institutional and extra-mural funding.

This session aims to encourage research endeavors among ASPEN members by providing guidance to improve grant writing skills, increase familiarity with funding opportunities and to understand the peer review process. The speakers and moderators will provide practical advice for navigating NIH peer review and address effective grant writing strategies. Both early career and established investigators that have previously received grant funding (and rejections) within ASPEN, as well as officials from the NIH will participate.

Investigators who would like to apply for funding should attend this session to improve their grant writing skills. Attendees will also have a unique opportunity to interact with established investigators and network with other early career investigators, ultimately promoting the development of potential future collaborations.

Navigating Peer-review at the National Institutes of Health: Do's and Don't's for Investigators

Gregory Shelness, PhD, Scientific Review Officer, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review, Baltimore, MD

Research Career Development Grants: Overcoming Pitfalls and Challenges from Hypothesis to Specific Aims
Josiane L. Broussard, PhD, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

What is a Reviewer Looking For in the Specific Aim of a Career Development Grant?
Ursula White, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA

Mary Evans, PhD, Program Director, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Baltimore, MD

Todd Rice, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Presented by the ASPEN Research Committee

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the research proposal evaluation process used by study sections at the NIH Center for Scientific Review
  • Identify the major pitfalls and challenges faced by early career investigators when writing grant applications
  • Explain the difference between research hypotheses and specific aims
  • Develop independent, yet related, specific aims for a grant application
  • Describe the most common mistakes that junior investigators make when writing specific aims and review examples of grants that have successfully overcome these issues