IHSI supports faculty-driven research at Illinois. We provide training and professional development opportunities for the world’s most promising health sciences investigators.
The NIH Grant Writing Series is designed to prepare junior faculty (years 2+) at Illinois to submit a strong proposal to the National Institutes of Health, with particular attention this year toward COVID-19 opportunities. Applying for funding from NIH can be a daunting and complex process for young researchers, but our approach ensures feedback and guidance all along the way. Since 2015, 55 junior faculty have been nominated by their departments and selected to complete the full program. Our records show that these faculty have been awarded $21.8M in NIH funding to date.
The series consists of seminar and discussion sessions (approximately 90 minutes each) addressing various aspects of the grant submission process. In addition to the seminar series, selected nominees will participate in a peer review workshop and three meetings with a faculty member who has a history of NIH proposal success. Please refer to the 2020 syllabus and schedule for more details.
While the seminars are open to campus, only selected faculty may participate in the complete series. Selected faculty must demonstrate support from their department. Each spring, deans and department heads are invited to nominate junior faculty for participation in the series with a letter of support. If not nominated by their deans or department heads, junior faculty may also nominate themselves with a letter of support from their department head, a copy of their CV, and a brief summary of their research interests. The nomination deadline for the Fall 2020 series has been extended to July 17, 2020.
This year, the seminars will be presented via webinar. Connection details will be made available to those who RSVP for the seminars in which they are interested. We will start accepting RSVPs on July 6, after the nomination process has closed. Please check back then.