Proposal development workshop to be led by former NIH staffer

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Workshop: Beyond the Basics with Dr. Norm Braveman — May 2-3

Dr. Norman (Norm) Braveman, graduate of Miami University, former member of the senior NIH staff, and founder and President of Braveman BioMed Consultants, will be on campus Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3 to share a “Beyond the Basics” workshop.

During his 30-year career at the NIH, Dr. Braveman made significant contributions to the extramural community. His career in the NIH extramural research program spanned peer review of investigator-initiated clinical trials with the National, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; extramural science program development with the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; and agency-wide science program planning and evaluation in the NIH Office of the Director.

In the workshop, Dr. Braveman will offer an approach to maximizing funding potential while incorporating grant writing into an academic career.

Miami University researchers may register for any or all of the following sessions being held on Monday, May 2 by clicking on the session title. Registrations will be accepted until noon on Friday, April 29. All sessions take place in 257 Garland Hall.

  • Grant Writing & Your Academic Career (8:30-10:00am) – Geared toward graduate students, post docs, and junior faculty, this 90-minute session will focus on integrating grant writing into an academic career of teaching, research, and scholarship.
  • Know Your Benefactor (10:30am-12:00pm) – Successful grant applications are not only well written; they are also targeted to an appropriate funding source and should be written with the goals and objectives of the funder in mind. The focus of this session is on how agencies decide future direction and funding priorities. While the focus will be on the NIH application, the information presented is relevant to many funding agencies. Intended for graduate students, post docs, faculty, and proposal-writing staff.
  • The NIH Review Process (1:30-2:30pm) – Dr. Braveman will elucidate the peer review process at the NIH, including how proposals are reviewed and scored, as well as what reviewers look for in assessing the scientific merit of a proposal. Participants will learn about the review process at the NIH and can ask specific questions of Dr. Braveman about his experience as a former NIH staffer. Intended for graduate students, post docs, faculty, and proposal-writing staff.
  • Maximizing Your Grant Success: A Strategic Approach to Grant Writing (3:00-5:00pm) – This session will focus on writing a reviewer-friendly application. It will include grant-writing basics and tips on the DOs and DON’Ts of grant writing. Intended for graduate students, post docs, faculty, and proposal-writing staff.

Those who will be attending all sessions being held Monday, May 2 may also register for lunch.

On Tuesday, May 3, Dr. Braveman will offer one-on-one meetings with interested Miami researchers. During their meeting, each researcher will have the opportunity to ask Dr. Braveman questions about NIH and other grant-related matters. Registrations will be accepted until noon on Friday, April 29. All meetings will take place in 257 Garland Hall. Those who are working on a current NIH proposal may submit a draft to Anne Schauer by 5:00pm on Friday, April 15 to receive feedback from Dr. Braveman during their meeting. To register, click on the desired time slot:


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