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Grant Writing Challenge!
Submit your draft Grant Proposal for a chance to participate in our upcoming Grant Writing Workshop that will follow the Second Annual Meeting of the Mountain West CTR-IN in June. Benefits will include invaluable tips on successful grant writing and a one-on-one evaluation from a Grant Writing Expert!
Grant Writing Workshop
The Mountain West CTR-IN is hosting a Grant Writing Workshop for those who are attending the Second Annual Meeting of the Mountain West CTR-IN. The workshop will be conducted by Wendy Sanders, M.A., a nationally known consultant who is the Assistant Dean for Research Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and organized by the CTR-IN’s Clinical Research Education, Mentoring and Career Development Key Component Activity.

Thursday and Friday, June 11-12, 2015 
The workshop will be held following the Second Annual Meeting of the Mountain West CTR-IN, June 8 – 11, on the UNLV Campus.

Faculty at Mountain West CTR-IN Institutions attending the CTR-IN Second Annual Meeting Authors of the 25 proposals assessed as being most likely to result in a competitive Federal or major not-for-profit grant submission will be selected to participate in the Grant Writing Workshop. The CTR-IN will provide funding to cover the costs of the additional two days in Las Vegas.

Submit a proposal by April 27, 2015, 5:00 PM PDT
Proposals must use the PHS 398 forms (where indicated). Proposals should demonstrate some understanding of the NIH process by including the primary components listed below. It is understood that some of theses sections may be speculative, or in early draft stages. Applications must conform to standard NIH formatting requirements with regard to fonts, size, and margins  formatting requirements with regard to fonts, size, and margins (e.g., Arial, 11 point, 1/2″ margins). The following items should be included in your submission:
  • Detailed budget (form page 4)
  • Specific Aims (not to exceed 1 page)
  • Research Strategy (not to exceed 4 pages), also include Significance/Impact – 1 page, Approach (methods and analysis) – 3 pages
  • Your summary statement (if you submitted a version of this proposal, but were not funded)
  • Review criteria will follow the NIH scoring guidelines
  • Submit via email to
Proposals will be reviewed by the Clinical Research Education, Mentoring and Career Development KCA. Notifications will be sent by email on or before May 4, 2015.
Click on the button below to download the Word document for the Call for Proposals …


Feb 26, 2015 – Dr. Jennifer Forbey (Boise State University) and Dr. Carolyn Dadabay (College of Idaho) were featured in an Idaho Statesman news story discussing their NIH IDeA funded collaborative research.  To read the article “Sagebrush:  A prescription for new medicine?” by Bill Roberts please click here.


ITHS Career Development Series

November’s Course: What Really Happens at a NIH Study Review

What happens to your grant once it gets to a study section?

Dr. Paul Martin leverages his experience as a seasoned NIH grant reviewer, including his tenure as Chair of the Cancer Immunopathology and Immunotherapy Study Section, to provide insight into the workings of NIH study sections.

Dr. Martin discusses the fundamentals of grant review, including an overview of study sections, and grant scoring. The likelihood of a successful grant application is increased by a thorough understanding of the review process.

Dr. Martin serves as a co-PI of ITHS, is the Director of the FHCRC Research Trials Office, and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify the fundamentals of grant review, including an overview of study sections and grant scoring;
  • Determine differences between “impact” and “significance”;
  • Recognize effective strategies in writing and how to avoid frequent mistakes.

Boost your Career with a Translational Training Tune-up

Update your skills and improve your knowledge each month with a popular topic offered each month. Free lectures are either delivered in an on-demand format from the ITHS Self-Directed Learning Center, or as live events that include a webcast option.

  • Dec. 2014: Making the Most of your Mentor: A Guide for Mentees, by Ellen Schur
  • Jan. 16, 2015: How to get promoted if you are a junior faculty, by John Amory
  • Feb. 2015: How to use REDCap, by Bas de Veer
  • March 10, 2015: How to develop and use Individual Development Plans, by Andrea Sawczuk
  • April 9, 2015: Leadership in Public Speaking, by Kregg Hood
  • May 2015: Patient Registries, by Mark Taylor

Contact ITHS Education at

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).



57th Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering Annual Meeting and Symposium

March 19-21, 2015
Boise State University
Boise, Idaho

Preliminary Call for Abstracts
The Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering invites abstract submissions for posters and papers to be presented at the Spring 2015 Symposium. Submissions on any science or engineering topic of interest to citizens of Idaho are encouraged – from secondary and post-secondary students and teachers, postdocs, researchers, policy makers, and others.

Recent symposia have included sessions on such topics as: Biology, Biomolecular Science, Ecology, the Environment, General Science, Geotechnics, Materials Technology, Microelectronics, Nanotechnology, Nuclear Science and Technology, Pedagogy, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Science Education, and Wastewater Treatment. However, this is not an exhaustive list of acceptable subjects; please feel free to submit items from other areas.

On-line acceptance of abstracts will begin on October 20th, 2014, at