Are you considering submitting an application for the CFAR Developmental Grant program and want guidance on developing your specific aims?
The CFAR has initiated a monthly Think Tank meeting modeled after the reality TV program “Shark Tank,” the goal of which is to provide investigators a chance to present and get feedback on early stage ideas for CFAR developmental proposals. The idea is that 3 junior faculty will present the basic concepts for a proposal in 5 minutes, leaving 15 minutes for feedback on how to make the concepts into a coherent set of Specific Aims. It is organized so that the presenter will need to try to present their ideas concisely with the input of the senior faculty focusing on supporting and improving concept development.
In addition to the development of specific aims, Core Faculty will be in attendance to provide advice on how best to utilize the services available to all CFAR members as well as identify potential collaborators and expertise available within the CFAR network. These sessions will be held approximately 3-4 months before the deadline of Developmental applications (October 1st and April 1st).
Dates for the Spring Think Tank Sessions (applications due on April 2nd) will be advertised in January 2018.