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3/20/15 - Sessions to focus on successful NIH proposals, fellowships

The Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State will host two seminars about National Institutes of Health funding and fellowships.

On Tuesday [March 24], Kathy Doyle Grzech and Camille Blake of the University of Kentucky Proposal Development Office will lead a "Jump Start: Tips on Writing an NIH R01 Application" seminar from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Franklin Furniture Institute auditorium. Lunch will be provided for participants who pre-register.

This session has been designed to jump start development of competitive NIH proposals. The focus is on the NIH's major mechanism for funding of research project funding -- the NIH R01 -- and the types of funding opportunity announcements that support R01 application submission.

The speakers will focus on the NIH peer review and scoring processes and the key components of the proposal narrative that align with each scored review criterion. Tips on writing strategies and audience-centered communication are designed to guide development of major proposal sections: Biosketch, Specific Aims, Significance, Innovation, Approach, Preliminary Studies, and Facilities and Other Resources.

A "Writing and Application Strategies for NIH F31/F32 Fellowships" presentation will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. in Colvard Student Union's Fowlkes Auditorium. It is geared towards graduate students and postdocs that are interested in writing, or have begun writing an F31/32 or other training-type proposal.

The session will cover multiple aspects of proposal preparation and submission, including eligibility, applicant and submission requirements, writing strategies for specific sections of the fellowship, review criteria, resubmission strategies and resources available to help with the proposal.

Please visit to register for these free seminars.

If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Taylor at 662-325-3168 or

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