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Strategies for obtaining NIH
funding as a junior investigator
Jason S. Stumhofer, Ph.D.
Funding sources
 Government – NIH, DOD, FDA,
NIGMS, NASA, etc
 Private – AHA, ACS, ADA, ANRF
Useful references
 www.grants.gov
 www.nih.grants.gov
◦ List of parent announcements and RFAs for
grants
 NIH Funding O...
Plan! Plan! Plan!
 Know your due date
◦ Under about about grants tab is a list of
due dates
 Know your organization: NCI...
Grant application types
 Know differences between different
grant applications
 Understand eligibility criteria
 New in...
Be aware of application changes
 Always download the latest instruction
book
 Recent changes implemented by NIH:
Rigors ...
Budget types
 Modular budget
◦ $250,000/yr no justification
 Non-modular budget
◦ Must justify the costs in the budget
◦...
Writing Tips
 Know your audience
◦ Keep abbreviations to a minimum
 Do not be afraid to be repetitive
 Significance
◦ A...
KISS principle
 Keep It Simple Stupid
 Is this something I can accomplish as
a young investigator?
 Do I have experienc...
Office of Grants and Scientific
Publications (OGSP)
 Located in the Winthrop Rockefeller
Cancer Center
 Use requires for...
NIH Study Section
 Composed of peers in your area of
research
◦ Standing and potentially ad hoc members
 Two-three peopl...
NIH Study Section
 Bulk of initial score based on
approach
 The number of applications discussed
is based on the number ...
NIH Study Section
 Your reviewers are your advocates.
 Scored grant is a positive
 A non-scored grant is an uphill batt...
Introduction for resubmission
 Start out by thanking the reviewers for
their positive comments and
suggestions
 Acknowle...
Questions?
Jason Stumhofer, Ph.D.
 Assistant Professor MBIM Department
◦ Rm 521A Biomedical Building I
 501-526-6180
 jstumhofer@u...
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Strategies for Obtaining NIH Funding as a Junior Investigator

  1. 1. Strategies for obtaining NIH funding as a junior investigator Jason S. Stumhofer, Ph.D.
  2. 2. Funding sources  Government – NIH, DOD, FDA, NIGMS, NASA, etc  Private – AHA, ACS, ADA, ANRF
  3. 3. Useful references  www.grants.gov  www.nih.grants.gov ◦ List of parent announcements and RFAs for grants  NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices LISTSERV ◦ Weekly TOC that lists new NIH funding opportunities and notices  NIH RePORTER – Can determine if anyone is currently funded in an area of research you are interested in pursuing
  4. 4. Plan! Plan! Plan!  Know your due date ◦ Under about about grants tab is a list of due dates  Know your organization: NCI, NIAID, NIDDK, etc.  Know your study section ◦ Which one to send application to – Talk to your program officer (PO) ◦ Active members ◦ Scientific review officer (SRO)
  5. 5. Grant application types  Know differences between different grant applications  Understand eligibility criteria  New investigator status ◦ Early career investigator status (10 year period after Ph.D. or M.D. awarded)
  6. 6. Be aware of application changes  Always download the latest instruction book  Recent changes implemented by NIH: Rigors and Transparency – Scientific premise – Rigorous experimental design for robust and unbiased results – Consideration of relevant biological variables – Authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources Simplification of vertebrate animal section
  7. 7. Budget types  Modular budget ◦ $250,000/yr no justification  Non-modular budget ◦ Must justify the costs in the budget ◦ Allows one to ask for more money above the modular budget amount
  8. 8. Writing Tips  Know your audience ◦ Keep abbreviations to a minimum  Do not be afraid to be repetitive  Significance ◦ Address scientific premise here  Innovation ◦ New techniques? ◦ Challenging a dogma or paradigm?  Approach ◦ Strong preliminary data ◦ Make sure if you are utilizing a new technique that you can prove that you can perform the technique ◦ Make sure you acknowledge pitfalls and describe alternative approaches  Use models  Beware of data fishing expeditions
  9. 9. KISS principle  Keep It Simple Stupid  Is this something I can accomplish as a young investigator?  Do I have experience performing the techniques used in the research strategy?  Can I accomplish this within the set time period?
  10. 10. Office of Grants and Scientific Publications (OGSP)  Located in the Winthrop Rockefeller Cancer Center  Use requires forward thinking  DeAnn Hubberd, MA dehubberd@uams.edu 501-686-6004
  11. 11. NIH Study Section  Composed of peers in your area of research ◦ Standing and potentially ad hoc members  Two-three people will review your grant and score it based on: 1. Significance 2. Investigator(s) 3. Innovation 4. Approach 5. Environment
  12. 12. NIH Study Section  Bulk of initial score based on approach  The number of applications discussed is based on the number submitted for review to the individual section  Only grants discussed at study section receive a reported score  Score can improve or worsen during discussion
  13. 13. NIH Study Section  Your reviewers are your advocates.  Scored grant is a positive  A non-scored grant is an uphill battle  Talk to SRO or PO if you do not understand your review critiques
  14. 14. Introduction for resubmission  Start out by thanking the reviewers for their positive comments and suggestions  Acknowledge there were issues with the first submission and cite how changes are denoted in application (italics, highlighted, line in margin)  Address the major concerns first ◦ Usually found in summary statement in review
  15. 15. Questions?
  16. 16. Jason Stumhofer, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor MBIM Department ◦ Rm 521A Biomedical Building I  501-526-6180  jstumhofer@uams.edu

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