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Moderator joanne sobeck ph d school of social work panelists james barbret ovpr spa

Preparing and Submitting an External Grant Proposal: Tips for Navigating the Intersection of Science, Schools and SPA

Moderator:

Joanne Sobeck, Ph.D., School of Social Work

Panelists:

James Barbret, OVPR/SPA

Andrew Feig, Ph.D., Chemistry

Jeffrey Loeb, M.D., Ph.D., Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics


Moderator joanne sobeck ph d school of social work panelists james barbret ovpr spa

Today’s Topics

  • Developing your idea for a grant proposal

  • Planning for a successful submission

  • Writing the proposal

  • Submitting the proposal

  • Critiquing the proposal, post-submission

  • Re-submitting

  • Overall comments and questions


Moderator joanne sobeck ph d school of social work panelists james barbret ovpr spa

Developing Your Ideas

  • Develop an hypothesis

  • Get preliminary data/review the literature

  • Significance/Innovation

  • Write specific aims

  • Use your mentor(s)


Moderator joanne sobeck ph d school of social work panelists james barbret ovpr spa

Best Tips

  • Be ambitious but not too ambitious

  • Be innovative but not too innovative

  • Consider “expansion of concept” ideas

  • Be flexible and open to suggestions for change


Moderator joanne sobeck ph d school of social work panelists james barbret ovpr spa

Hypothetical Proposal

Eating yellow snow and school performance among children


Moderator joanne sobeck ph d school of social work panelists james barbret ovpr spa

Hypothesis

  • A chemical compound in the yellow snow creates cognitive problems


Moderator joanne sobeck ph d school of social work panelists james barbret ovpr spa

Specific Aims

  • Substantiate that children eating yellow snow have cognitive problems compared with children who do not eat the yellow snow

  • Match on age, gender and SES

  • Isolate and identify the substance(s) in the yellow snow

  • Develop remediation/intervention/education to prevent children from eating yellow snow


Planning

Planning

  • Identify the agency and funding mechanism that fits your idea

  • Periodically contact the Program Officers

  • Identify what preliminary data are needed

  • Identify deficiencies

  • Get collaborators/consultants for those deficiencies

  • Modify the aims if necessary

  • Use your mentor(s)


Moderator joanne sobeck ph d school of social work panelists james barbret ovpr spa

Best Tips

  • Make a commitment to find/make the time necessary to prepare and write a competitive proposal.

  • Don’t assume you know what the funder wants. Download, read carefully and take to heart the funder’s mission and guidelines. Make sure your idea fits into their RFA.

  • Be pro-active and make sure that your grant goes where it has the best chance of getting funded. Send an abstract with specific aims to see if this funder is appropriate.

  • Write a stunning one-page specific aims page (NIH) and don’t send it until you run it by your mentor(s).


Writing the proposal

Writing the Proposal

  • Read and take to heart the instructions

  • Write clearly for a general audience; make no assumptions

  • Don’t make the reviewers guess on the significance, innovation, and relevance to the funder---sell your idea!

  • Articulate the need in a maximally understandable way

  • Revise, revise, revise

  • Prepare your budget and revise more

  • Make a check list for all required components (compliance human, animal, biosafety, facilities and equipment, WSU environment, biosketches)

  • Be prepared to change your specific aims again

  • Use your mentor(s)


Moderator joanne sobeck ph d school of social work panelists james barbret ovpr spa

Best Tips

  • Use OVPR’s review mechanism if you have sufficient time

  • Align the budget with the aims. Grant administrators can provide accurate costs for salary figures, GRA tuition, participant recruitment, etc.

  • Begin to meet with your departmental administrator/grants coordinator to plan for grant submission and required documents (subcontract letters, consultant letters of support)

  • Continue to develop and refine the budget as you move the proposal forward


Moderator joanne sobeck ph d school of social work panelists james barbret ovpr spa

Proposal Submission

  • Inform your Sponsored Program Administration (SPA) officer that you are submitting a grant proposal. Provide your officer with the RFA, PA.

  • Work with Sponsored Program Administration (SPA) in the Office of the VP for Research to submit the proposal.


Moderator joanne sobeck ph d school of social work panelists james barbret ovpr spa

Post-Proposal Critique

  • Anticipate some of the criticism you might receive from the reviewers – (e.g., should I have provided more data? )

  • Expect rejection but don’t let it slow you down -- keep working in anticipation that you’ll re-submit.


Moderator joanne sobeck ph d school of social work panelists james barbret ovpr spa

Re-Submitting

  • Read the reviews with an open mind and say ‘thank you for beating me up’

  • Find out all you can about the review and discussion (read between the lines)

  • Call the program officer to fill you in on the discussion of your proposal

  • Consider delaying resubmission to truly respond to the reviewers

  • Use your mentor(s)


Moderator joanne sobeck ph d school of social work panelists james barbret ovpr spa

Additional Advice

  • Mentoring/orienting new faculty

  • What to do with the new NIH guidelines

  • Communication with foundations, NIH and NSF regarding how your idea fits their mission

  • Should you submit an R01 or R21 if you’re a new investigator?


Moderator joanne sobeck ph d school of social work panelists james barbret ovpr spa

Thank You! Questions?

Joanne SobeckAndrew FeigDirector for ResearchAssociate ProfessorSchool of Social WorkDepartment of [email protected]@chem.wayne.edu

Jeffrey LoebJames BarbretAssociate Director, Center forAssociate Vice PresidentMolecular Med and GeneticsOffice of the VP [email protected]@wayne.edu


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