Take-Away Benefits:

  • Techniques to emphasize the importance of the problem understudy, including wording tips.
  • Striking the appropriate balance between detail and general plans for experiments.
  • How to convince the reviewer that you are reliable and competent through the written format.
  • Identify mistakes you may be making with poorly-worded plans, and how to correct them.
  • Enhance the chance your grant application will be successful.

Seamlessly linking the Significance, Innovation, and Approach sections is key to the success of your NIH grant proposal

Providing a smooth flow from one section of your grant proposal to the next is important, but seamlessly and logically linking the Significance, Innovation, and Approach sections is critical.

As a member of the NIH study section and reviewer of hundreds of grant applications, Dr. Paul Spearman offers you invaluable information during this 60-minute webinar. You will get a first-hand plan-of-attack on how to seamlessly tie together the Significance, Innovation, and Approach sections of your NIH grant application.

Doing this will not only help your reviewer understand and appreciate your proposal, but will also increase your chances to get grant money!

Convince reviewers that you are competent to do the work you're proposing
Preparing and submitting well-prepared research grant applications has become more important than ever, especially in these times of tighter budgets and with a limitation of two submissions for each proposal.

Preparing a clear proposal and avoiding common errors is critical. When ideas are not clearly presented in your proposal, reviewers typically either need more clarification or lose enthusiasm for the ideas presented, even if the ideas are valid and important.

Featured Presenter: Paul Spearman, Emory University

Dr. Paul Spearman is Chair of the NIH AIDS Molecular & Cellular Biology Study Section and currently supervises four NIH-funded research projects in his laboratory. He is a Professor of Pediatrics & Microbiology, Division Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Vice Chair for Research in the Dept of Pediatrics at Emory University, and Chief Research Officer for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Dr. Spearman spent eleven years on the faculty at Vanderbilt University before assuming the Director’s role at Emory and during his tenure at Vanderbilt, Dr. Spearman assumed the role of Principal Investigator of the Vanderbilt HIV Vaccine Trials Unit. In addition to his role as Division Chief, he is Associate Director for Pediatric Studies of the Emory Vaccine Center.

He was chair of the National Institutes of Health Special Emphasis Panel for HIV Vaccine Design and Development in 2004 and a member of the National Cancer Institute Council of Scientific Advisors from 2006 to 2009. He is on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals. Dr. Spearman is board-certified in Infectious Diseases by the ABIM and ABP. He is currently Chair of the Research Committee for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS). Dr. Spearman was appointed to the Research Committee of the Infectious Diseases Society in 2006.

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