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					  NIH K Awards
Office of Proposal Development
     Phyllis McBride, Ph.D.
     p-mcbride@tamu.edu

        April 21, 2006
Office of Proposal Development
 Unit of the Vice President for Research
 Supports faculty in the development and
  writing of research and educational
  proposals
       Center-level initiatives
       Multi-disciplinary research teams
       Research affinity groups
       Junior faculty research
       Diversity in the research enterprise
OPD Web Page
   Located at http://opd.tamu.edu/
   Serves as an interactive tool and faculty resource
    for the development and writing of competitive
    research and educational proposals to federal
    agencies and foundations
   Includes information on:
       Funding opportunities
       Junior faculty support
       Proposal development resources
       Grant writing seminars and workshops
       Grant writing workbooks and toolkits
       PI perspectives on competitive proposals
OPD Staff
   Jean Ann Bowman: jbowman@tamu.edu
       Ecological and environmental sciences; agriculture-related proposals and
        centers
   Libby Childress: libbyc@tamu.edu
       Scheduling, resources, training workshop management, project
        coordination
   Mike Cronan: mikecronan@tamu.edu
       Center-level proposals, A&M System partnerships, new proposal and
        training initiatives
   Lucy Deckard: l-deckard@tamu.edu
       New faculty initiative, fellowships, physical science-related proposals,
        equipment and instrumentation, interdisciplinary materials group, OPD web
        management
   Phyllis McBride: p-mcbride@tamu.edu
       Craft of proposal writing training, NIH and related agency initiatives in the
        biomedical, social, and behavioral sciences; editing and rewriting
   Robyn Pearson: rlpearson@tamu.edu
       Education, liberal arts, social and behavioral sciences, and humanities-
        related proposals; support for interdisciplinary research group
        development; educational proposals; editing and rewriting
Panelists
   Garry Adams
       Professor and Associate Dean of Research,
        Veterinary Pathobiology
   Helene Andrews-Polymenis
       Assistant Professor, Microbial and Molecular Pathogenesis
   David Carlson
       VP for Research and Graduate Studies, HSC
   Glen Laine
       Director, Michael E. DeBakey Institute, Department Head and
        Professor, Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology
   Sara Lawhon
       Postdoctoral Research Associate, Veterinary Pathobiology
   Kasi Russell
       Assistant Research Scientist, Veterinary Pathobiology
NIH History
 Created in 1887 as a one-room laboratory
 Now considered one of the world’s
  foremost research entities
 Serves as a steward for medical and
  behavioral research for the nation
NIH Organization
   National Institutes of Health
       Office of the Director
       20 Institutes
       7 Centers
 All institutes and centers work together
  as an integrated research network
 But, each institute and center
  also has its own specific mission and
  research agenda
NIH Mission
   To uncover new knowledge that will lead
    to better health for everyone
       Basic scientific research in pursuit of
        fundamental knowledge about the nature and
        behavior of living systems
       Applied scientific research to extend healthy
        life and reduce the burdens of illness and
        disability
NIH Extramural Research
   Supports mission by funding research in:
       Causes, diagnosis, prevention, and cure of human diseases
       Processes of human growth and development
       Biological effects of environmental contaminants
       Understanding of mental, addictive and physical disorders
       Directing programs for the collection, dissemination, and
        exchange of information in medicine and health, including
        the development and support of medical libraries and the
        training of medical librarians and other health information
        specialists.
FY 2007:
NIH Budget and Funding Priorities
   Budget
       $28.6 billion
   Funding priorities
       Genes, environment, and health
       Biodefense
       Pandemic influenza
       NIH roadmap for medical research
       Clinical research translation
       New investigators
Identify NIH Funding Mechanisms
   NIH funding mechanisms page
       http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/funding_program.htm

   Funding mechanism
       Refers to the kind of research activity that can be funded
       NIH supports numerous funding mechanisms
            F series   Fellowships
            K series   Career awards
            L series   Loan repayment programs
            P series   Program projects and centers
            R series   Research projects
            T series   Training programs
       Important to note that not all institutes support
        all funding mechanisms
NIH Funding Mechanisms
   National Research Service Awards (NRSA)
       F30    Predoctoral Awards for MD/PhD Fellowships
       F31    Predoctoral Fellowships
       F32    Postdoctoral Fellowships
   K Awards
       K01    Mentored Research Scientist Development Award
       K08    Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award
       K23    Mentored Patient-Oriented Research
               Career Development Award
       K99/00 Pathway to Independence Award
NIH NRSA F30
   Predoctoral Awards for MD/PhD Fellowships
NIH NRSA F31
   Predoctoral Fellowships
NIH NRSA F32
   Postdoctoral Fellowships
NIH K01
   Mentored Research Scientist Development Award
NIH K08
   Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award
       Investment in the development of outstanding clinician
        researchers. The clinician undertakes specialized study
        on a research topic that has intrinsic research
        importance and sufficient scope for learning the
        methodology, theories, and concepts needed for
        research independence. This mentored award supports
        specialized study for a three-, four-, or five-year period.
        In most cases, this is for lab or bench research.
NIH K23
   Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career
    Development
       Encourages the career development of investigators
        who will focus their patient-oriented research in an area
        involving mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic
        interventions, clinical trials, or development of new
        technologies.
NIH K99/00
   Pathway to Independence Award
Identify NIH Grant Cycles
   NIH submission dates/deadlines page
       http://grants.nih.gov/grants/dates.htm
   Three grant cycles per calendar year
   Deadlines vary according to funding mechanism
   Grant cycles for K awards:
       February 1
       June 1
       October 1
   Grant cycles for NRSA awards:
       April 5
       August 5
       December 5
Identify Projects Already Funded by NIH
   CRISP online database
       http://crisp.cit.nih.gov/
   Includes abstracts of all projects that have already
    been funded by all Public Health Service agencies
            National Institutes of Health
            Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
            Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
            Food and Drug Administration
            Health Resources and Services Administration
            Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health
            Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Search the CRISP Database
Know the NIH Review Criteria
 Investigator
 Environment
 Significance
 Approach
 Innovation
Understand the NIH Review Process
   Center for Scientific Review
       http://cms.csr.nih.gov/
 Describes the peer review process
 Offers a video of a mock review session
 Provides a list of study section rosters
Write for Reviewers
   Reviewers are:
       Smart
       Accomplished
       Dedicated
       Fair
Write for Reviewers
   Reviewers are also:
       Busy
       Overworked
       Tired
       Skeptical
       May not be as
        knowledgeable about
        the details of the
        proposed topic
        as the PI is
Write for Reviewers
   Read the application instructions
   Write material that never assumes reviewers
    will know what you mean
   Refer to the literature thoroughly and thoughtfully
   Explicitly state the rationale of the proposed investigation
   Include well-designed figures and tables in the text
   Present the reviewers with an organized, lucid write-up
Helpful Links
   NIH funding opportunities page
       http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/index.html
   Grants.gov funding opportunities page
       http://www.grants.gov/search/agency.do
   NIH grants tutorials
       http://www.niaid.nih.gov/ncn/grants/default.htm
          Grant Application Basics

          How to Plan a Grant Application

          How to Write a Grant Application

          How to Manage Your Grant Award

          Advice on Research Training and Career Awards

          Annotated R01 Grant Application
Questions and Panel Discussion
   Garry Adams
       Professor and Associate Dean of Research,
        Veterinary Pathobiology
   Helene Andrews-Polymenis
       Assistant Professor, Microbial and Molecular Pathogenesis
   David Carlson
       VP for Research and Graduate Studies, HSC
   Glen Laine
       Director, Michael E. DeBakey Institute, Department Head and
        Professor, Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology
   Sara Lawhon
       Postdoctoral Research Associate, Veterinary Pathobiology
   Kasi Russell
       Assistant Research Scientist, Veterinary Pathobiology

				
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