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Welcome to the ICTS/DBBS Topics in Grant Writing Videos

There are 4 ~ 1 hour videos in all that cover a range of topics meant to be of use to a variety of audiences engaged in grant writing.  You can watch them start to finish, or I have provided a Table of Contents with Timestamps below so you can jump around.  Total content is about 4 hours, but I won’t be insulted if you watch them at 1.5 or 2x. 

If you are a student writing a pseudo-grant for Qualifying Exams (QEs), or anyone else who just wants a big picture view of the most important things I recommend the following sections before you start writing:

  • How a Grant is Scored, and How to Write to the Scoring Criteria
  • Before You Write: How To Define A Good Project for a Grant
  • The Specific Aims Page: The Most Important Page
  • The Research Strategy Section

If you are a student or postdoc writing a real fellowship, I also recommend adding these before you start:

  • Overview of All Documents for an NIH Proposal and Timeline
  • Working with Your Grant Specialist for Your Submission: An Interview with Donna Williams
  • How Fellowship Grant Scoring Works Differently From Regular Scoring
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Applicant Background and Goals for Fellowship
  • Selection of Institution and Sponsor
  • Mentors Training Plan, Candidate's Qualifications
  • Description of institution, Environment
  • A Seasoned Reviewer's General Perspective on Writing A Good Fellowship Grant
  • Sex as A Biological Variable
  • Enhancing Rigor and Reproducibility

Anyone else: Your might want to watch them in order, speed through the sections that are not immediately relevant, and come back and watch them more carefully as you tackle those sections of your grant.

Table of Contents

Video 1

 

 

1

0:00

How a Grant is Scored, and How to Write to the Scoring Criteria

1

17:10

Before You Write: How To Define A Good Project for a Grant

1

23:00

Overview of All Documents for an NIH Proposal and Timeline

1

36:30

Identifying People to Get Input From.

1

38:50

The Specific Aims Page: The Most Important Page

Video 2

 

 

2

0:00

Working with Your Grant Specialist for Your Submission: An Interview with Donna Williams

2

14:56

Your Biosketch and the Investigator Score

2

29:00

The Personnel Justification and the Investigator Score

2

32:00

Letters of Support and the Investigator and Approach Scores

2

37:40

Facilities, Equipment and other Documents for the Environment Score

2

41:40

Vertebrate Animal Sections

2

46:10

The Abstract and Project Narratives

2

48:40

The Resource Sharing Plan

2

50:45

The Authentication of Key Resources

2

52:10

Mutliple PI plan

2

53:00

Preparing Non Modular Budgets

Video 3

 

 

3

1:40

RFAs for Technology Development Grants, and How They Differ From Standard R01s

3

11:48

The Research Strategy Section

3

45:50

Writing a Research Strategy to an RFA

3

57:40

Sex as A Biological Variable

3

60:50

Enhancing Rigor and Reproducibility

Video 4

 

 

4

0:00

The Human Subjects Section: An Interview with Laura Bierut

4

13:15

Working with the IRB

4

15:36

How Fellowship Grant Scoring Works DIfferently From Regular Scoring

4

18:40

Responsible Conduct of Research

4

19:25

Applicant Background and Goals for Fellowship

4

23:10

Selection of Institution and Sponsor

4

29:50

Mentors Training Plan, Candidate's Qualifications

4

31:40

Description of institution, Environment

4

35:20

A Seasoned Reviewer's General Perspective on Writing A Good Fellowship Grant

4

37:50

How Funding Decisions Happen, Selecting Study Sections, How Does Council Work?

4

52:10

How to Read a Summary Statement

 

Additional Resources:

  • The ICTS offers mock study sections, outside advice on grants through their regular and precision medicine functions. They can read and give feedback on aims pages, grant docs, etc. See their relevant website here.
  • There is also a library of additional example grants you can look to for inspiration here.
  • The materials shown in this series of videos specifically can be found here.