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NIH K and New Investigator R01 Proposal Preparation Program

Program mission: The NIH K and New Investigator R01 Proposal Preparation Program is designed to assist Virginia Tech junior faculty, fellows, and post-docs in the preparation of Career Development (NIH K) award applications and early career investigators in preparation for their first R01 grant. The goal is for participants to enter the program with a research idea in mind and use program resources to prepare their formal proposal for submission by the end of 2017.

Program structure: The program will start early in Spring Semester 2017 and will conclude in May 2017 prior to the NIH June submission deadline.  The programs consist of three (R01) or four (K Award) workshops: (1) one Specific Aims Workshop, (2) one Significance/Innovation Workshop, (3) one Effective Communication Workshop, and (4, K awards only) one Career Development Plan Workshop. All workshops will be led by experienced instructors. A major component of the program will include cohort peer reviews and an internal review by Virginia Tech faculty that have successfully submitted similar NIH grants. 

Program Working Group:

Dr. Coy Allen, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Science and Pathobiology
Dr. Janet Webster, Associate Director of Finance and Administration, Fralin Life Science Institute
Dr. Bill Knocke, W. Curtis English Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Dr. Karen Roberto, University Distinguished Professor and Director, Institute for Society, Culture, & Environment
Beth Tranter, Associate Vice President for Research Planning, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
Vicky Ratcliffe, Manager of Research Education and COI Administrator, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
Sandra Muse, Senior Director for Research Faculty Initiatives, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
Sarah Whitt, Grants and Contracts Manager, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

                                                                                                                                  

To review eligibility requirements for each NIH program see below:

NIH K-Kiosk:

http://archives.nih.gov/asites/grants/03-26-2015/training/careerdevelopmentawards.htm

New and Early Stage Investigator Policies:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/

 

Sign-up for Information Sessions

All session took place in November and early December. If you would like to review a recording please click below.

To review the recorded information session click here. For questions regarding the information sessions or if you encounter any issues registering, please contact Vicky Ratcliffe at 540-231-7964 or vratcliffe@vt.edu.

Admission to the program will be based upon a review of nominations received from department heads, chairs, school directors, and University-level Institute directors.  For K grant nominees a letter from their current mentor is required.  The nomination will consist of a cover letter from the head/chair or director, and the nominee’s K/R01 specific aims that have been scientifically vetted with the nominee’s mentor and/or the department chair.

Within the cover letter the nominator should specifically address the following items:

  1.  Identify if the participant plans to apply for the K or R01 award.
  2.  Provide the completion date of the participant’s terminal  degree
  3.  Include a letter of recommendation from the K grant participant’s mentor or the  direct supervisor of the R01 nominee.
  4.  Include the nominee’s K/R01 specific aims that have been scientifically vetted with the nominee’s mentor and/or the department chair.

Nominations to the NIH K and New Investigator R01 Proposal Preparation Program are to be submitted by department head, chair, school director, or University-level Institute directors or a designee to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation by Friday, January 6, 2017.  OVPRI will compile the nominations from your college and then forward them to Dr. Allen for review.  We expect to have decisions on admission to the program by mid-January so that the program can be up and running early in Spring Semester 2017.  All nominations should be submitted using the online process below.

If you have questions regarding the online submission please contact Vicky Ratcliffe at 540-231-7964 or vratcliffe@vt.edu.

 

Submit Nomination (Closed)

 

 

NIH deadlines

Below is a tentative schedule for the spring 2017 cohort.

  • Submission deadline:  January 6, 2017                                
    Date/Time/Location Week Topic Required
    January 6, 2017   Deadline for Nominations Y

    January 25, 2017
    1:00-3:00 pm
    North End Center Room 2200
    Led by Dr. Allen

    1 Orientation Session and Making the Right Moves to Ensure Grant Success Y

    February 1, 2017
    1:00-3:00 pm

    Room-ICTAS 310 (Kelly Hall)
    Led by Dr. Allen

    2 Specific Aims Workshop 1 Y

    February 8, 2017
    1:00-3:00 pm
    Room-ICTAS 310

    (Kelly Hall)
    Led by Dr. Allen

    3 Specific Aims Workshop 2 Y
    February 15, 2017
    1:00-3:00 pm
    Room-ICTAS 310
    (Kelly Hall)
    Led by Dr. Allen
    4 Forming Collaborations/MPI Leadership Plans/Letters of Support Y
    Feburary 22, 2017
    1:00-3:00 pm
    Room-ICTAS 310
    (Kelly Hall)
    Led by Dr. Allen
    5 Class Cancelled Y
    March 1, 2017
    1:00-3:00 pm
    Room-ICTAS 310
    (Kelly Hall)
    Led by Dr. Allen
    6

     

    Significance and Innovation

     

    Y
    March 8, 2017
    1:00-3:00 pm
    Room-North End Center Room 2200
    Led by Dr. Allen
    7 No class-Independent proposal development Y

    March 15, 2017
    1:00-3:00 pm
    Room-ICTAS 310
    (Kelly Hall)

    Led by Dr. Allen

     

    8 Narrative/Summary/Biosketch Development Y

    March 22, 2017

    9

     

    No class-Independent proposal development

     

     
    March 29, 2017
    1:00-3:00 pm
    Room-North End Center Room 2200
    Led by Dr. Allen
    10 Effective Communication, Budgeting, and Justification

     

     

     Y

     

    April 5, 2017
    1:00-3:00 pm
    Room-ICTAS 310
    (Kelly Hall)

    Led by Dr. Allen

    11

    K Grant Specific Components Meeting

    All other non-K grant participants-Independent proposal development
     

    Y*

    K Grant Applicants

    April 12, 2017
    1:00-3:00 pm
    Room-ICTAS 310
    (Kelly Hall)

    Led by Dr. Allen
    12 Developing the Research Proposal-2 Y
    April 16, 2017 13 Grant Applications Due for Submission for Internal Review (Due by 11:59 PM) Y

    April 19, 2017
    1:00-3:00 pm
    Room-ICTAS 310
    (Kelly Hall)

    Led by Dr. Allen

    14 Budgeting/Justification/Internal Docs/IRB/IACUC/IBC Y

     

    April 26, 2017
     

    15

    No class-Independent proposal development

     

    May 4, 2017
    Time-TBD
    Room TBD
    Led by various

     

    16

    Mock Study Section-Internal Proposal Review

     

    May 10, 2017
    1:00-3:00 pm
    Room-ICTAS 310
    (Kelly Hall)

    Led by Dr. Allen

     

    17 Post Study Section Debriefing and Revision Process Y

     

    Cycle II Grant Deadlines = June 5 (R01)/June 12 (K-grant)

    Cycle III Grant Deadlines = October 5 (R01)/October 12 (K-grant)

Additional program requirements that will be scheduled after the program begins:

  • Peer mentoring sessions:  biweekly, date selected based on availability of group
  • Career Development 1:1 meetings:  K Club only, date selected based on mentor and participant availability

 

This workshop will assist Participants in reviewing their existing specific aims for clarity and conciseness. The specific aims should concisely describe the goals of the proposed research and summarize the expected outcome(s), including the impact that the results of the proposed research will exert on the research field(s) involved. This includes the specific objectives of the research proposed (e.g., to test a stated hypothesis, create a novel design, solve a specific problem, challenge an existing paradigm or clinical practice, address a critical barrier to progress in the field, or develop new technology). 

One of your most critical tasks in writing your application is making sure all your reviewers—not just your assigned reviewers—grasp the importance of your project.

During this workshop you will learn how to beam a spotlight on the significance of your research to your field and note its importance to a public health problem.

That means convincing your reviewers how the niche you've selected for this project (as well as your future plans) can push forward the frontier of knowledge in your field.

Then convince your assigned reviewers of the importance of your research in the Significance section of the Research Strategy by explicitly stating:

  • How your research will advance your field.
  • How it will fill knowledge gaps or address opportunities or roadblocks in the field, and how it relates to research underway.
  • How the work is new and unique.
  • How it meets the NIH mission to improve health through science, by leading to cures, treatments, or preventions for human disease.

As you make your case, you'll present the significance of the research in the context of the state of your field and your long-term research plans. How convincing you are will profoundly affect your score.
 

Science is hard to read and even more difficult to write. By improving the quality of writing we can actually improve the quality of thought and logic. Scientific writing is not only the presentation of information, but rather its actual communication – can the majority of readers convert the author’s statements into an accurate interpretation of the author’s intended meaning. This workshop will explore a number of rhetorical principles that can produce clarity in communication without oversimplifying scientific issues.
 

A significant portion of the overall impact score is dependent upon the Career Development Plan. In this workshop, participants will learn the key components of a strong plan. Participants can review the NIH criteria and considerations for career plan for each K program at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/peer/critiques/k.htm.

A major component of the program will include cohort peer reviews throughout the program. Additionally the program will include an internal review by Virginia Tech faculty that have successfully submitted similar NIH grants. Applicants will submit full drafts of their K or R01 applications approximately two months prior to the June NIH deadline date for VT faculty review. The review will be conducted consistent with the NIH peer review process.