Sponsored by Advance-CTR, Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), the Brown BioMed Office of Faculty Administration, and the Brown School of Public Health

Apply now for this complimentary, virtual workshop led by M.S. (Peg) AtKisson, PhD, which will cover the ins and outs of preparing competitive NIH R and K grant applications.

Day 1: Structuring NIH Proposals — A Short Course

April 27, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

  • This session starts out with the Specific Aims page with hands-on work before we actually pull apart the structure. The next half of the session focuses on Significance, Innovation, and Approach, with some hands-on work as well. We touch on important issues of Rigor and Reproducibility, sex as a biological variable, and how the Human Subjects sections are now scored under Approach.

Day 2: The Ecosystem of NIH K Awards

April 28, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • A successful award is the product of the overall ecosystem of the Candidate, the Mentor, and the Environment. In this session, we examine the elements of a successful K Award application and project, showing how the review criteria play out across the application. We also show how the Specific Aims and Research Strategy differ in a K vs R application, and we end discussing the K-to-R transition, and how to design your K Award project from the beginning with that transition in mind.

Participation in the Day 1 session (Structuring NIH Proposals) is required for anyone who plans to attend Day 2 (K awards).

Application, Eligibility, & Deadlines

All investigators from Brown, URI, Boston University, and the affiliated hospital systems (Care New England, Lifespan, VA Providence Healthcare System, and Boston Medical Center) are eligible to apply. Early-career investigators are highly encouraged. Selected participants are expected to attend the entire session(s) for which they registered as space is limited and registration is competitive.

Apply by Friday, April 9, 2021 by 5 p.m. ET. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance on or before Friday, April 16, 2021. Apply now.

About the Instructor

peg atkisson.pngM.S. (Peg) AtKisson, PhD trained in neuroscience, but has focused on grant proposals since 2001. She started the research development group at Tufts University, working on large proposals and supporting individual investigators for 8 years and over $140,000,000 of successes across many federal and foundation funders.

She joined Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops in 2008, as an associate member, presenting training across the country. In 2017 she left to found ATG to create new approaches to grantsmanship training in addition to support for faculty research and leadership development. She still considers herself a neuroscientist first, and she still writes grant proposals.