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Building the NIH proposal

woensdag, 16 oktober, 2019 - 14:00 to woensdag, 16 oktober, 2019 - 17:00
Campus: Brussels Health Campus
Building A
European Liaison Office (R&D)

CANCELLED due to health issues of presenter!


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and public health research. NIH awards grants directly to researchers outside the US, but the complex requirements of the NIH grant proposal place high demands on the grant writer. From the tight logic of the Hypothesis/Specific Aims section to the minute details of the Research Design, the exacting format requires precise adherence to guidelines. This workshop will focus on key principles for effective writing in each major component of the proposal. Samples from successful proposals will be cited, with special attention to a model R01 proposal, annotated by NIH staff.

  • Overview of NIH Mission, Structure and Budget

  • Characteristics of Successful Proposals                              

  • The Abstract: Last written, First Read                     

  • Constructing the Hypothesis/Specific Aims page                           

  • Tips for Writing the Research Strategy Section

  • New “Rigor and Reproducibility” Policy                

  • The NIH Peer Review Process


About the speaker:

Robert Porter, PhD, has presented grant writing workshops at leading universities and medical schools internationally. Formerly Director of Research Development at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Porter has received the Distinguished Faculty Award by the Society of Research Administrators International.  With thirty years' experience as a tenured professor, private consultant and research administrator, his proposals have won more than $8 million in awards from government agencies and private foundations. A national leader in the growing field of research development, he has presented papers and workshops on grant writing at national conferences and has published prize-winning articles in the Journal of Research Administration and Research Management Review. He holds graduate degrees in Speech Communications from the University of Michigan.

Registration is free of charge but mandatory (see below).  

Unable to join us on 16/10? KU Leuven organizes a parallel session on 14/10. You can register here (free of charge).

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