NIH Research Strategy: Craft a Cohesive Significance, Innovation and Approach

Available Immediately | 90 minutes | Price: $167

NIH reviewers want more from your Research Strategy than to just know about your experiments. They want to understand you’ll solve the problems you’ve identified.

With NIH funding opportunities decreasing, and competition rising, mastering what reviewers want from your Research Strategy can push your grant application to the top of the funding pile. To successfully meet the requirements of the Research Strategy components of an NIH  grant you must provide strong, independent Specific Aims, a solid background with clear scientific premise,  how you will overcome potential challenges and the impact of what your research will accomplish.

You can learn how to craft your Significance, Innovation and Approach sections while cohesively integrating your Specific Aims into a winning Research Strategy Plan by joining grant writing expert, Dr. Dorothy Lewis PhD, during her 90-minute online training session “NIH Research Strategy: Craft a Cohesive Significance, Innovation and Approach”. You’ll walk away from this valuable training with actionable tactics to help you tackle the Specific Aims, Significance, Innovation and Approach sections  of your Research Plan to improve your funding success.

This online training session is perfect for scientists who need assistance on how to:

      • Make your Specific Aims related to each other but not dependent.
      • Write your Innovation to stand out to reviewers.
      • Convince reviewers that you’re the perfect PI to conduct the research.
      • Use the ideal level of detail needed in your preliminary data and research plan.
      • Show reviewers that you can interpret your own data.

The Research Strategy section of your application is crucial to your proposal success. New and veteran investigators alike can make common, preventable - but nevertheless serious - mistakes that lead to funding rejection. Here are just a few of the step-by-step Research Strategy preparation strategies you’ll receive by taking advantage of this 90-minute training:

      • Improve the clarity of your Specific Aims and match it to your Approach
      • Impress reviewers with your Innovation and Credentials
      • Pin down the precise level of detail needed in your Approach
      • Practical examples providing proven rhetoric and patterns used in successful applications
      • Correctly focus on your Strategy, not INDIVIDUAL experiments
      • And so much more…

Who should attend? All levels of researchers who write and want to be funded by an NIH grant are likely to learn something from this session. Novices grant writers will learn strategies they probably have not used before.

The practical examples and methods you’ll learn during this online Research Strategy training session will demonstrate how to successfully integrate the NIH’s newly required Rigor and Reproducibility throughout your Research Strategy Plan. The provided examples will also help you derive your own strategies to develop a basic rhetoric that most successful grants are based on.

Remember, although there are several important components to a successful NIH grant proposal, the Research Strategy section is the true "meat" of your application. You'll likely find yourself spending the greatest amount of time and effort on composing this essential section. So, take control of the Research Strategy section of your next NIH grant application with this must-attend online training session. Don’t wait, sign up today.

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Meet Your Expert: Dorothy Lewis, PhD

Dorothy Lewis, PhD Dr. Lewis is a Professor of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases at the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science center in Houston. Dr. Lewis received her PhD in Microbiology in 1978 from the University of Arizona. She did an NIH supported postdoctoral fellowship on the genetics of autoimmune disease and then became a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine. 

Dr. Lewis is a cellular immunologist who has studied HIV pathogenesis for over 35 years. She was one of the first to identify CD8 dysfunction and cell death in HIV infected patients, one of the first to realize that much more HIV was being produced in vivo and has recently focused on understanding mechanisms responsible for metabolic dysfunction in HIV infected patients. This novel work shows that HIV infected immune cells are in diverse adipose tissues, the HIV is infectious and that adipose is likely a sanctuary for HIV that will be difficult to clear by CD8 responses or via ART. She has had continual NIH funding since 1985. Dr. Lewis has served on many NIH study sections and was Chair of the AIDS Immunopathogenesis study section from 2009-2011. She also served on the NIAID council from 2002-2006. She was a member of the Training and Workforce Diversity review panel from 2012-16. She developed a mentoring program for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and young faculty members. She teaches grant writing to students at Baylor College of Medicine and at the Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences. She is the author of more than 190 papers and several book chapters.


“Very intuitive approach!”
- Xiongwen Chen, Associate Professor, Temple University Lewis Katz SOM, Philadelphia, PA

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