nih academy mentors

Welcome

The NIH Proposal Academy is a year-long program designed to prepare participating faculty and researchers to become competitive and successful NIH grantees. The program, which is designed for new or early-career investigators, begins in the summer and includes an individually-assigned science mentor for every participant, and provides general coaching, proposal preparation/grantsmanship skills, and grant editing and graphics assistance. The process takes participants from developing solid, specific aims to full proposal preparation. They receive feedback throughout the process from a variety of mentors and coaches who themselves are highly active NIH researchers. Prior to actual submission to NIH, each proposal is internally reviewed and scored mimicking the NIH review process.

nih academy mentors

Faculty mentors are paired with upcoming colleagues during this kickoff meeting in 2018.

The Academy was created in 2018 and is jointly supported by funding from the UD Research Office, and DE-INBRE and DE-CTR ACCEL project grants. NIH Academy is open to faculty and researchers from UD, Nemours/Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children, Christiana Care Health System, and Delaware State University.

Applicants are accepted into the program via a competitive process and chosen on the basis of their scientific ideas and publication/research record. The intellectual agenda for each year’s Academy is set by co-chairs for that year and therefore, participant’s experience might differ from year-to-year as program leaders customize the outcomes, resources, and specific needs of the participants.

Faculty and researchers interested in becoming part of the NIH Academy for the current year must submit an application when the portal opens around June of each year. Application submissions are preceded by an information session/webinar organized by UD Research Development Office for all those interested in applying.

Contact UD Research Development Office if you have any questions.

 

NIH ACADEMY COHORTS

2020-2021

2020-2021 NIH Academy Cohort

The 2020-2021 NIH Academy application closed on 6/30/2020.


2020-2021 Academy Timeline

June-JulyApplications submitted and reviewed; cohort accepted and mentors assigned
AugustParticipants meet 1:1 with NIH grant consultant
September• Kick-off Group Meeting
Program overview and Specific Aims requirement
OctoberSpecific Aims due
• Group meeting: Institute Details/Funding Mechanisms Overview
November• Feedback on Specific Aims
• Group meeting: Grantwriting/R01 Structure
• Participants meet 1:1 with NIH grants consultant
December-January• Participants given access to professional grant writers;
• Group meeting: Budgets and Biosketches
FebruaryDraft of full proposal due
Participants assigned to expert reviewer
March• Disseminate draft proposal feedback
• Group Meeting: NIH review Process
April• Participants meet 1:1 with NIH grant consultant to discuss proposal feedback
May-June• Group Meeting: Critiques and Resubmission
• Participants re-submit draft proposal for final review
• Final Proposal submitted to NIH

 

2019-2020

2019-2020 NIH Academy Cohort

The 2019-2020 NIH Academy is comprised of 15 individuals representing University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Christiana Care Health System and Nemours Children’s Health System.

The 2019-2020 Cohort is being chaired by David Edwards (Associate Dean, College of Health Sciences) and Tatyana Polenova (Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry).

 


2019-2020 PARTICIPANTS
  • Christina Barbieri — College of Education and Human Development
  • Mona Batish — College of Health Sciences
  • Anne Marie Brescia — Nemours
  • Roxana Burciu — College of Health Sciences
  • Sambeeta Das — College of Engineering
  • Arild Hestvik — College of Arts and Sciences
  • Xiaopeng Ji — College of Health Sciences
  • Laura Lessard — College of Engineering
  • Dominique Medaglio — Christiana Health Care System
  • Giovanna Morini — College of Health Sciences
  • Kyoko Nagao — Nemours
  • Vijay Parashar — College of Health Sciences
  • Jennifer Saylor — College of Health Sciences
  • Jaclyn “Megan” Sions — College of Health Sciences
  • Julian Wooltorton — Delaware State University

2019-2020 Academy Timeline

June-JulyApplications submitted and reviewed; cohort accepted and mentors assigned
AugustParticipants meet 1:1 with NIH grant consultant
September• Kick-off Group Meeting
Program overview and Specific Aims requirement
OctoberSpecific Aims due
• Group meeting: Institute Details/Funding Mechanisms Overview
November• Feedback on Specific Aims
• Group meeting: Grantwriting/R01 Structure
• Participants meet 1:1 with NIH grants consultant
December-January• Participants given access to professional grant writers;
• Group meeting: Budgets and Biosketches
FebruaryDraft of full proposal due
Participants assigned to expert reviewer
March• Disseminate draft proposal feedback
• Group Meeting: NIH review Process
April• Participants meet 1:1 with NIH grant consultant to discuss proposal feedback
May-June• Group Meeting: Critiques and Resubmission
• Participants re-submit draft proposal for final review
• Final Proposal submitted to NIH

 

2018-2019

2018-2019 NIH Academy Cohort

This was the inaugural year of the NIH Academy and had nine participants representing University of Delaware and Christiana Care Health System.  Participants in this cohort have received over $1.8 million in funding to date.

The 2018-2019 Cohort was chaired by Stuart Binder-Macleod and Randy Duncan.

 


2018-2019 PARTICIPANTS
  • Matthew Cohen — College of Health Sciences
  • Chad Giusti — College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jennifer Goldstein — Christiana Health Care System
  • Aimee Jaramillo-Lambert — College of Arts and Sciences
  • Lisa Jaremka — College of Arts and Sciences
  • Karl Schmitz — College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jeffrey Spielberg — College of Arts and Sciences
  • Shannon Virtue — Christiana Health Care System

2018-2019 Academy Timeline

June-JulyApplications submitted and reviewed; cohort accepted and mentors assigned
AugustParticipants meet 1:1 with NIH grant consultant
September• Kick-off Group Meeting
Program overview and Specific Aims requirement
OctoberSpecific Aims due
• Group meeting: Institute Details/Funding Mechanisms Overview
November• Feedback on Specific Aims
• Group meeting: Grantwriting/R01 Structure
• Participants meet 1:1 with NIH grants consultant
December-January• Participants given access to professional grant writers;
• Group meeting: Budgets and Biosketches
FebruaryDraft of full proposal due
Participants assigned to expert reviewer
March• Disseminate draft proposal feedback
• Group Meeting: NIH review Process
April• Participants meet 1:1 with NIH grant consultant to discuss proposal feedback
May-June• Group Meeting: Critiques and Resubmission
• Participants re-submit draft proposal for final review
• Final Proposal submitted to NIH

 

 NIH ACADEMY SPONSORS

University of DelawareACCELDE INBRE

 

CONTACT

Dr. Anshuman Razdan
Associate Vice President
Research for Development
204 Hulihen Hall, Newark DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-4717
Email: Anshuman Razdan

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