NIH New and Early-Stage Investigator Writing Cohort Program: For Researchers in the Social & Behavioral Sciences

About this opportunity

Campus:

IU Bloomington

Contact:

Brea Perry, Associate Vice Provost for Social Sciences,blperry@indiana.edu

Proposal Development Services,pdshelp@iu.edu

Deadline:

TBD

Award cycle:

Annual

Funding available:

NIH Research (R)-specific training modules, expert advice from NIH-funded faculty, peer review, an NIH mock panel review, and specialized support from Proposal Development Services specialists

NIH New and Early-Stage Investigator Writing Cohort Program: For Researchers in the Social & Behavioral Sciences

Program provides investigators intensive mentoring and support in the preparation of NIH Research (R) grant applications in the social or behavioral sciences.

Starting in May 2022, this months-long developmental program will offer Research grant-specific training modules, expert advice from NIH-funded faculty, peer review, an NIH mock panel review, and specialized support from Proposal Development Services (PDS) research development specialists.

Program includes a weekly, 2-hour commitment.

Participants will exit the program having received guidance on many components of the NIH R application as well as having drafted their specific aims, research strategy, and biosketch. Participants are expected to submit to a 2023 NIH research grant deadline. Learning goals include:

  • Increase understanding of proposal writing as a highly refined stylistic pattern
  • Gain detailed knowledge of what goes into an NIH grant
  • Acquire the ability to think like a reviewer and understand the grant review process
  • Gain confidence for engaging with NIH program officers for guidance and feedback
  • Benefit from a supportive peer group and mentoring
  • Participation will be limited to 6-8 faculty members who are committed to developing their grant writing skills and ready to work toward R01/R03/R21 submission.
Applicants must have defined research questions, hypotheses, or specific aims that are suitable for an NIH Research award, be committed to participate fully in the program, and be willing to review material for their colleagues.

NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. The NIH Research series support the following: a discrete, specified, circumscribed project (R01), limited funding to support pilot or feasibility studies (R03), and the early stages of exploratory, developmental research projects (R21).

Eligibility

Any faculty member in a tenure track or research scientist position at Indiana University Bloomington who qualifies for NIH New Investigator status may apply. A New Investigator is an NIH research grant applicant who has not yet competed successfully for a substantial, competing NIH research grant (e.g., an R01). For more information and a list of NIH grants that do not disqualify a principal investigator from being considered a new investigator, see this link: https://grants.nih.gov/policy/early-stage/index.htm.

An Early Stage Investigator (ESI) is a new investigator who has completed his or her terminal research degree within the past 10 years and has not yet competed successfully for a substantial, competing NIH research grant.

Additionally, applicants must conduct research in the behavioral or social sciences or conduct interdisciplinary research that has a significant social or behavioral science component (e.g., the theoretical or methodological approach).

Preference will be given to faculty who otherwise do not have access to similar training programs, and/or who are members of minoritized groups.

Eligible as PIs (assuming above eligibility is met)

  • All tenured and tenure‐eligible faculty members at IU Bloomington
  • Research scientists and other non-tenure track faculty whose evaluation criteria are based on research activity
Not Eligible as PIs
  • Emeritus faculty
  • Visiting and adjunct faculty members
  • Postdoctoral fellows and research associates
  • Graduate students

Post-program requirements

OVPR requires that all selected participants send a brief description of the proposal development skills gained as a result of the Writing Cohort Program (WCP) by the end of the 2023 spring semester.