Are you eyeing an opportunity to apply for grant funding in the coming months? Keep in mind the various grant-writing resources that are freely available to CHRI members.
CHRI Grant/Scientific Writer, Matt Sandbulte. With experience as a researcher himself, Matt’s role is to assist our investigators with grant applications in a variety of ways, according to each person’s needs, whether it is for CHRI or PCRG pilot funds, foundation grants, or federal grants. Some of the ways Matt can support include the following:
- Setting up recurring searches for relevant new funding opportunities
- Honing the main research questions and specific aims to form a compelling foundation
- Planning a conversation with an agency program officer
- Reviewing proposal drafts for scientific coherence, clarity, persuasiveness, and grammar
- Watching for responsiveness and alignment with the funding opportunity announcement
- Interpreting the summary statement and preparing an effective response letter
Investigators have reached out to Matt on dozens of grant proposals over the nearly two years he has been with CHRI. Dr. XYZ is one of these individuals who had a favorable experience. “Quote…” Nagendra Chaturvedi, PhD, a lab-based investigator in the UNMC Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, commented, “Matt did an outstanding job editing my NIH grant applications. At the same time, I appreciated his PhD expertise, as the scientific feedback was excellent.”
Reach out to Matt by email at email@example.com.
Grant Submission Assistance. The CHRI team includes two Finance and Grants Coordinators, Valarie Warner and Shamaere Ashby, who provide essential service in the process of submitting extramural grant applications. Valarie and Shamaere work to ensure that an application complies with all requirements of the funding agency’s opportunity announcement and with policies of UNMC and Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA). Areas of particular focus for Valarie and Shamaere when working with investigators are the grant budgets and sub-award agreements with other institutions.
Most grants need at least one month of lead time to thoroughly prepare, with more time being required when subcontracts and other complex factors are involved. Reach out for grant submission assistance by contacting CHRI Senior Research Manager Ashley Servais at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pediatric Writing Group. This group meets virtually at noon on the 4th Tuesday of each month. If you’d like an informal but constructive review of a draft grant proposal by a small group of peers, contact Dr. Eric Peeples at email@example.com.
Mock Review Panel. CHRI strongly encourages early career investigators to take advantage of this proven method to improve grant success, through the Research Studio program offered by the Great Plains IDeA-CTR. When an eligible investigator requests to participate in a studio, Great Plains IDeA-CTR staff will help assemble a multidisciplinary team (4-6 experts) and set up one, 60-minute meeting. Depending on your needs, this can take the form of a mock review panel or an interactive review of a specific aims page. Check out our previous article to learn how the experience helped one UNMC assistant professor.
CHRI Grant Resource Library. This online resource provides CHRI members with various boilerplate and template documents, most of which include embedded tips and guidance. All are designed to help investigators fulfill the complex requirements of NIH-style grant applications, while spotlighting the quality of resources and planning that support the feasibility of their proposal. The CHRI Grant Resource Library login and registration page is found here. UNMC employees can log in directly using their NetID and password.
CHRI Grant Calendar. This is an online resource we update monthly with funding opportunities directly relevant to pediatric research over the coming 12 months. Grants listed on the calendar represent a spectrum of funding sources, from UNMC internal funds to foundations to federal agencies. For a recurring search more tailored to your own interests, which can feed to your email, try the Funding Institutional database (UNMC has an institutional subscription).