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Workshop Schedule

First Workshop Schedule (New Participants)

Second Workshop Schedule (Returning Participants)

First Workshop Schedule - Grant Application Skills

The following is an outline of a typical schedule for the first workshop of the program. Faculty members leading presentations can change. The first workshop focuses on grant application skills and includes one-on-one sessions with faculty who serve as mentors to the participant young investigators.

5:30 p.m.     Informal gathering and dinner

7:00 p.m.     Welcome and introductions


Session I

8:00 a.m.     Introduction

8:05 a.m.     Hypothesis and specific aims
                       Including group mentoring on specific aims

Noon           Mentoring sessions

Session II 

1:00 p.m.     Research strategy
                     1) Significance
                     2) Innovation
                     3) Approach

2:30 p.m.     Negotiating a position and research time
  • Your starting package
  • Renegotiating
  • Obtaining and use of startup funds

3:30 p.m.     Individual office hours with mentors

6:30 p.m.     Dinner

8:00 p.m.     Additional mentoring sessions


Session III

7:00 a.m.     Breakfast and breakout session for Canadian participants

8:00 a.m.     Mock study section using selected papers of returning participants

10:30 a.m.   Alternative Funding Sources

11:30 a.m.   Review of mock study section and interpreting the summary statement

12:10 p.m.   Assignments - Next twelve months
                        Program - Second Workshop

12:30 p.m.   Lunch and Mentoring Sessions (until 3:30 p.m.)

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Second Workshop Schedule - Review of Proposals, Mock Study Section, Career Topics 

The second workshop is normally attended 12-18 months after the first workshop by which time participants should have fully developed and submitted their research proposals. The second workshop focuses on the summary statement the applicants will have received, and how to address the reviewer’s and study section comments on their proposal, as well as other problems investigators are facing in developing their proposals or preparing for re-submission. Participants are polled prior to the session for topics and issues that most concern them. There is more time given to one-on-one mentoring sessions with faculty, and the workshop has more of a round-table discussion flavor to it as participants and faculty address and work through these issues. Faculty, with the permission of those participants, select up to four proposals for review in the Mock Study Section.  

5:30 p.m.       Informal gathering and dinner 

7:00 p.m.       Welcome and introductions

8:00 a.m.       Re-Introductions and progress reports 

8:30 a.m.       Round table to identify and prioritize key issues and questions 
9:00 a.m.       Round table to address prioritized issues and questions.  Topics have included:  

  • Re-submission and when not to re-submit
  • Deciding when to go for the next level of funding and how to prepare
  • Selecting funding agencies
  • When to submit single and multiple applications
  • How to write a program of research
  • Budgeting, including budgeting percent effort when on multiple grants
  • Accounting for time on unfunded research projects
  • Which types of grants have a higher chance of getting awarded from the different agencies (NIH, OREF, DOD, etc.)
  • Identifying appropriate agencies for MSK research, including health services research
  • Information on career development grants (K series)
  • Advice on identifying educational programs to pursue within the K Grant
  • Writing really good specific aims
  • How to write a good randomized clinical trial (key points)

10:00 a.m.     One-on-one mentor sessions

                        Mentors, collaborators, teams

1:00 p.m.       Building the team
                       - How to establish a research team with people in other institutes
                       - How to efficiently work with the well-established people
                       - Importance of securing mentors
                       - Employee management
                       - Putting together collaborations - do's and don'ts
                       - Setting up inter-disciplinary collaborations
                       - Role of the mentor, and outside collaborators

2:30 p.m.        Demystifying the promotions process and re-negotiating a position
3:30 p.m.        Round table with topics determined by participants, which might include:  

                       - Specific issues facing each participant
                       - Funding opportunities and challenges for young investigators
                       - Fairness of the review process
                       - How much work it takes to write a good grant
                       - Importance of collaborations

4:30 p.m.        One-on-one mentor sessions

6:30 p.m.         Dinner

8:00 p.m.         One-on-one mentor sessions


7:00 a.m.          Special breakout session for Canadian participants

8:00 a.m.          Mock study section

10:30 a.m.        Alternative Funding Sources

11:30 a.m.        Work-Life issues

                         - How to balance your early career
                         - When to take on other professional activities, such as editorial board of a journal before tenure or promotion
                         - Time and project management - how to juggle multiple research projects/interests and balance clinical
                         - Using professional organizations
                         - Budgeting percent effort when on multiple grants
                         - Accounting for time on unfunded research projects

12:30 a.m.       Lunch and one-on-one mentor sessions 

Application Information and Instructions

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