Virtual NIH Grants Day

March 27, 2020 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Join via Webex
Stephanie Carmack

Join former NIH Program Directors, Drs. Rosemarie Hunziker and Antonio Sastre for NIH Grants Day comprising sessions tailored for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. Learn the NIH process, hone specific NIH grant writing skills, and/or participate in focused discussions appropriate for both new and experienced NIH grant writers. Join us for the entire day or drop in to attend individual sessions. Register at: for instructions on how to join via Webex. 

Brought to you by Mason’s Research and Innovation Initiatives, Institute for Biohealth Innovation, and CASBBI 

9:00-11:00A: SESSION 1: An Introduction to NIH: Drinking from the Firehose

Getting funded by NIH requires at least a working knowledge of, and strategic approach to, the large array of opportunities.  Are you ready for an R01, or are your chances better with an R03?  Do you have enough/too much preliminary data for your target grant mechanism?  How do you identify the right review committee for your grant?  Which Institute is best for your work?  When and who should you contact for help?  This presentation will walk you through the NIH process, with some helpful hints on writing grant applications. 

This session is meant for those largely inexperienced with NIH.

1:00-3:00P: SESSION 2: Above the Fray:  Winning NIH Grants

Understanding the basics of NIH funding is a foundation.  Obtaining and sustaining reliable support requires focused attention to crafting award-winning applications—a skill that can be learned.  This presentation will dig deeply into honing and targeting your grant application(s) so that your science finds its proper home within the NIH, shows to its best advantage and is favorably reviewed. 

This session will dive into enhancing your grant writing, and assumes a basic familiarity with the NIH.