Agenda

Light morning refreshments, supported by Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Association, will be available in the North Lobby of Light Hall starting at 8:45AM

9:00-9:25 208 LH Welcome  and Keynote Introduction
Dr. Susan Wente Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Interim Chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences, and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

9:25-10:05 208 LH Navigating the NIH and Peer Review Process
Dr. Heidi Hamm 
Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, Earl W. Sutherland Jr. Professor in Pharmacology, Professor of Pharmacology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation
This session will provide an overview of the mission and structure of the NIH, funding options by career stage, and the grant application and peer review process.  Drawing on her experience as a mentor and a peer reviewer, Dr. Hamm will emphasize key concepts relevant to fellowship and career development award applications.

10:05-10:20 Break

10:20-11:20 208 LH Non-NIH Funding, FINDing Grants, and Aligning Your Research Interests with Their Funding Priorities 
The NIH is not the only game in town when it comes to funding biomedical and biological sciences research and training. This session will describe tools for identifying funding opportunities and strategies for competing successfully for non-NIH fellowships and career development awards. This will be a panel presentation and discussion with scientists who are "in the know" about funding from the DOD, VA, AHA, and other foundations.

11:20-12:00 208 LH Writing the "Science" of a Grant: Blow Their Socks Off, Not Your Foot Dr. Mike SteinProfessor of Medicine, Dan May Chair in Medicine, and Professor of Pharmacology 
Learn tips and strategies for writing the “Specific Aims” and “Research Plan” sections of a proposal.

12:00-12:30 Pick up lunch to take to the afternoon session.

12:30-4:00 Workshop participants will attend either the FELLOWSHIP (208 Light Hall) or CAREER DEVELOPMENT (202 Light Hall) track, depending on their career stage. Both tracks will include: 
an overview of specific fellowship or CDA options from the NIH and other organizations
a discussion of expectations for the “non-science” components of a proposal
a mock study section review of a REAL proposal and a discussion of the criteria by which fellowship or CDA applications are evaluated,
panel discussions or presentations by successful applicants and faculty who have sat on fellowship or CDA peer review panels