Current Applicants

Proposals to the Pilot Project Program should focus primarily on health disparities related to human immunodeficiency virus or substance abuse.

Application to the program requires:

  1. Submission of a preliminary application and draft of Specific Aims page.
  2. Attendance at pilot grant development workshop (five 90 minute sessions over 3 weeks during Fall 2018)
  3. Submission of a grant proposal.

Workshop Series Fall 2018

Our workshop series is designed to aid applicants in submitting their RCMI Pilot grant application as well as provide an intensive training on how to write and submit a successful NIH application. 

The Proposal Development Workshop Series will begin on October 23, 2018 after Full applications are invited.

Session 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 10am-11:30am, Grant Sections Overview and Review Criteria 

Dr. Mary Jo Trepka 

Develop an in depth understanding of NIH application and review process
Develop an in depth understanding of RCMI review criteria for application process

Session 2: Thursday, October 25, 12:30pm-2pm, Research Strategy: Significance, Innovation and Scientific Premise 

Dr. Eric Wagner 

Develop an understanding of how to clearly convey significance and scientific premise
Identify strategies to convincingly demonstrate innovation 
Understand the differences between innovation and premise and significance and impact 

Session 3: Tuesday, October 30, 10am-11:30am, Developing a Project Timeline, Budget and Budget Justification 

Dr. Michelle Hospital 

Develop an understanding of how to design a feasible project timeline 
Develop an understanding of how to design a study within budget constraints
Identify what to/ not to include in a successful NIH budget
Understand how to prepare budget for application using ORED forms   

Session 4: Thursday, November 1, 12:30pm-2pm, Tips on Strengthening the Approach 

Dr. Wasim Maziak

Part 1:

Develop an understanding of how to clearly communicate the approach
Develop strategies to convincingly demonstrate the rigor of the approach
Identify critical elements that should be included in the approach
Dr. Zoran Bursac

Part 2:

Understand how to prepare an analytic plan
Identify necessary elements to conduct a power analysis

Session 5: Tuesday, November 6, 10am-11:30am, Writing the Biosketch and Addressing Human Subject Protections and Data Safety and Monitoring Plans 

Dr. Mary Jo Trepka 

Develop an understanding of how to write a biosketch that complements your proposal 
Identify what to include in a comprehensive human subjects section
Develop an understanding of balancing risks and benefits of study