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NINDS Grant Writing Workshop for Diversity Investigators


Apr 19, 2010 to Apr 20, 2010
Neuroscience Center Building, Conference Rm. D

The evidence for a need to increase the number of diverse investigators in NIH extramural research programs is reflected in the under-representation of diverse individuals participating in neuroscience departments and programs in the U.S. The NINDS Minority Health Strategic Plan includes specific actions to strengthen research capacity by increasing recruitment and retention of diverse neuroscientists in our extramural research programs. As a mechanism to achieving these goals individuals who receive support from NINDS and other NIH Diversity programs are encouraged to seek extramural support from the NIH peer-reviewed funding mechanisms during the period of their diversity award. To this end the NINDS’ Office of Minority Health and Research (OMHR) provides a biennial workshop focused on grant writing and submission process.

Snapshot of the meeting room showing workshop participants around a conference table and against the far wallThis year, the Grant Writing Workshop for Diversity Investigators was held April 19 -20, 2010 at the Neuroscience Center in Rockville, MD. The first day of the meeting was led by a dynamic and informative speaker, Dr. David Morrison, Co-Founder and Member of the Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, LLC. Dr. Morrison delivered his “Write Winning Grants” seminar. Emphasis was given to such concepts as research idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers. Participants were taught to organize their presentations using a linear progression of logic, which leads reviewers through their applications. It was stressed that applicants are writing for two different audiences – the assigned reviewers, who have read the application in its entirety, and those who have read little, if anything, before the review meeting. All participants received an extensive handout, as well as a copy of "The Grant Application Writers' Workbook".

Dr. Alan Willard, Chief of the NINDS Scientific Review Branch led a session on the changes to NIH R01 proposal requirements and ran a mock review giving participants an invaluable look into a typical study section and were able to ask questions about the review process from other NINDS Review Staff. The workshop also provided opportunities to network with NINDS Program Directors, Grants Management Specialists and successful R01 recipients.

This was a focused intervention to improve the submission and award rate of R01 grants for Diversity Investigators. The audience was comprised of about 40 junior investigators in the field of neuroscience who plan to submit R01s for either the June or October 2010 deadline. Individuals who receive support from the NIH Diversity Supplement, K01s, and the Collaborative Neurological Science (S11) programs who must apply for traditional research grant support during the period of the diversity award were the majority of the attendees.

Workshop Participant List

Courtney F. Aklin, Ph.D.
Program Director
Office of Minority Health and Research
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

Maria L. Alcaide, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Infectious Diseases
University of Miami

Maureen A. Allwood, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
John Jay College

William Carl Benzing, Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

Stephanie M. Bingham, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Barry University

Margaret S. Bynoe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology Veterinary Medical College
Cornell University

Eduardo Candelario-Jalil, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology
University of New Mexico

Julia E. Dallman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
University of Miami

Tijuanna E. Decoster, M.P.A.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

Gerald B. Downes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Kelly Drew, Ph.D.
Professor
Institute of Arctic Biology
University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Rhonda Dzakpasu, Ph.D.
Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor
Department of Physics
Georgetown University

Anne M. Etgen, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Neuroscience, F113
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Byron D. Ford, Ph.D.
Professor, Director
Department of Neurobiology
Morehouse School of Medicine

Jason W. Freeman, MD
Chief Resident
Department of Neurology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

James Wayne Gnadt, Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

Marjorie C. Gondre-Lewis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anatomy
Howard University College of Medicine

Alfred W. Gordon, Ph.D
Associate Director
Office of Minority Health and Research
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

Barbara A. Hastie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
College of Dentistry, Behavioral Science
University of Florida

Unja Hayes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Massachusetts

Meredith C. Hermosura, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor
Pacific Biosciences Research Center
University of Hawaii

David Jett, Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

Marie C. Jipguep-Akhtar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Howard University

Sheree M. Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Howard University College of Medicine

Michelle D. Jones-London, Ph.D.
Program Director
Office of Minority Health and Research
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

Stephen Korn, Ph.D.
Program Director
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

Joaquin N. Lugo, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Pediatrics-Neurology
Baylor College of Medicine
Feigin Center

Alejandro Magadan
Medical Doctor
Resident (R4)
Department of Neurology
Georgetown University Hospital

Laura A. Mamounas, Ph.D
Program Director
Neurogenetics Branch
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

Kebreten F. Manaye, M.D.
Associate Professor
Physiology and Biophysics
Howard University

Susan E. Marino, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology
University of Minnesota

Manuel Miranda-Arango, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Texas, El Paso

Lynn Morin
Health Program Specialist
Office of Minority Health and Research
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

David C. Morrison, Ph.D.
Co-Founder
Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops

Prosper N’Gouemo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Georgetown University Medical Center

Ketema N. Paul, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurobiology
Morehouse School of Medicine

Nivia L. Perez-Acevedo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Gerald Rameau, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Morgan State University

Enrique Rodriguez-Borrero, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
University of Puerto Rico

Beth-Anne Sieber, Ph.D.
Program Director
Neurodegeneration
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

Shlee Sanghyun Song, M.D.
Clinical Fellow
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

Abigail A. Soyombo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center

Desire Tshala-Katumbay, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Oregon Health and Science University

Ursula Utz, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Program Director
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

Salina Paulette Waddy, M.D., Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

James Earl Washington, M.Ed.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

Mariann Weierich, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Hunter College, City University of New York

Alan L. Willard, Ph.D.
Chief
Scientific Review Branch
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

 

Last updated December 23, 2013