IHSI supports faculty-driven research at Illinois. We provide training and professional development opportunities for the world’s most promising health sciences investigators.

NIH Grant Writing Series 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 ended. Please check back next summer if you are interested in joining our next cohort. 

We are now accepting RSVPs for the seminars, which will be presented virtually this year.  You must RVSP to receive connection details.  

For other faculty development opportunities offered by IHSI and its partners, check out the Research Support & Translation page. 

Questions? Contact Maggie Berg or view the series syllabus and schedule for more information.