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ITHS Grant Writing Workshop

November 18-19, 2014

The Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) is offering an interactive grant writing workshop designed for junior faculty who are preparing grant applications to the NIH. The workshop focuses on how to communicate the key elements of successful NIH proposals through the use of didactics and experiential learning.

Topics discussed include the following:

  • Orientation to the NIH and Scientific Review: Overview of the NIH extramural mechanisms of funding and reading and interpreting funding opportunity announcements
  • Anatomy of a NIH Grant: Characteristics, content, and function of the various pieces of the proposal including how to write for your reviewers
  • Specific Aims and Hypotheses: Writing a concise and captivating first page: How, when and where do I start?
  • NIH Peer Review: Understanding the review criteria and review format, what actually happens in the study section, how to interpret reviews, and planning for the inevitable resubmission

Attendees will have the chance to submit their Specific Aims to be used as examples during the course.

About the instructor:

Dr. Robert Freishtat is currently the Director of Research in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Children’s National Medical Center and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Integrative Systems Biology, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences where he has been on faculty since 2000. Dr. Freishtat’s lab has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2003 including K23 and R01 grants.

Cost: $150

Eligibility: Open to Junior Faculty only

Location: Seattle Children’s Research Institute Westlake Conference Room at West 8th

Questions about the event?
Contact Leslie Rae Schmitz at

Important Dates

Registration Deadline:
November 3rd, 2014

Two-day course:
November 18-19, 2014


The ITHS is supported by grants UL1TR000423, KL2TR000421, and TL1TR000422 from the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program (CTSA).

The Mountain West CTR-IN wants to help you achieve success as an independent
investigator in clinical and translational research. As you are probably keenly aware,
publications are an essential element along that path.

We are here to help you polish manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed scientific journals,
abstracts for national scientific meetings, and ultimately, research plan text for a successful NIH
grant application. 

 The CTR-IN has an Editor on our staff who can help you …

Composing a well-polished, professional scientific
publication takes time, effort, and a fresh set of eyes! 
Following stylistic guidelines specific to each discipline, the CTR-IN Editor will
review your draft proposal, scientific publication, or meeting
abstract and assist you in polishing it.

 Editing services include formatting, spelling and
punctuation, rewriting sentences or reorganizing paragraphs to improve clarity 
and impact,
eliminating jargon, and generally smoothing the language.

Meet the Editor, 

Cynthia De La Torre
A UNLV alumna who earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism,
Cynthia has experience in technical writing, news writing and
Ms. De La Torre has experience working in a variety of writing
styles and can assist you in addressing requirements commonly
encountered in scientific writing, e.g., the AMA Manual of Style or the Chicago Manual of
Ms. De La Torre is also familiar with formatting and style considerations for research plan
text in NIH grant applications.

For more information, please contact her at: or 702.895.1183
Please remember that we don’t have any magical influence over the calendar, and that some deadlines are shared by
many people, so please contact us with your request as early as possible so that we can put you in the queue. We do
reserve the right to say no if we believe that we cannot do a good job for you.

Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research July 30 – 31, 2014The Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research (ICUR), the first of its kind in the state of Idaho, is a
celebration showcasing the leading edge in all disciplines. A multifaceted, multicultural
event every summer, the ICUR makes research accessible, interactive and fun!
Undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds and disciplines gather to present the
results of their original work in poster presentations to faculty, the public and their peers
from across the country. This high intensity two-day event also focuses on integrating
educators to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.
All students from across the state of Idaho involved in research are invited to submit an abstract and those not yet involved in research are invited to come and discover that attending the conference is a great way to learn about the broad range of research opportunities. The conference also provides a forum for students, educators and the community to discuss cutting edge research topics and to examine the connection between research and education. The conference includes poster presentations by students from all academic disciplines, workshops for educators and students and invited guests.What to Expect from this Meeting

  • A comprehensive and rich program geared towards educators of all levels of expertise and students of all ages;
  • Featured lectures that will include the ICUR Lecture by Michal Temkin Martinez,
    Boise State University; the Public Lectures by Wendy B. Lawrence, former NASA
    Astronaut and J.R. Tietsort, Director of IT Governance at Micron Technology, Inc.
  • Workshops for High School Educators including the ICUR Interdisciplinary, RET
    Experience and Mentoring, the ICUR Computational, and the ICUR Life Sciences
  • Activities for students including the Graduate School Panel for undergraduate
    students and the Research Methods workshop for high school students;
  • Poster session for undergraduate students;
  • Various Networking Opportunities