Grantwriting Uncovered: Maximizing Strategies, Help, Opportunities, Experiences (GUMSHOE)

//Grantwriting Uncovered: Maximizing Strategies, Help, Opportunities, Experiences (GUMSHOE)
Grantwriting Uncovered: Maximizing Strategies, Help, Opportunities, Experiences (GUMSHOE)2018-10-05T17:35:39-04:00

The NIH-funded National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) was created to address the unmet need for greater diversity in the biomedical and biobehavioral research workforce. GUMSHOE is one of four professional development-training programs that is committed to increasing the number of people from diverse backgrounds successfully obtaining NIH grants.

GUMSHOE will link mentors from various disciplines who have highly successful track records in obtaining federal funding and grant writing coaches with early career faculty mentees who wish to prepare an application to National Institutes of Health to conduct biomedical research. GUMSHOE will use a model based on innovation, best practices, and convene cohorts of junior faculty working with specific underserved and underrepresented populations.

GUMSHOE Hall Lecture

Program Directors 

Spero Manson, PhD, UC Denver & Dedra Buchwald, MD, WSU

Questions about GUMSHOE? Contact Dr. Spero Manson directly at spero.manson@ucdenver.edu.

Other questions can be sent to PDC@nrmnet.net.

Additional Information

Overview

GUMSHOE is offered 2 times per year; each program cycle lasts 6 months. To optimize mentee/coach interactions and to align workshop emphases, each program cycle focuses specifically on conducting National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored research with* a given population(s). These populations include 1) American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders; 2) African Americans; 3) Hispanics or Latinos; 4) Rural communities, and 5) other pre-specified populations (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-053.html) as resources permit.

*Although NRMN supports the training and career development of individuals from groups identified by the NIH as under-represented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social science research careers, eligibility to participate in GUMSHOE is open to all individuals who meet the program eligibility criteria, and is not limited to individuals who belong to an under-represented group.

Size of Cohort: up to 25 Mentees per program cycle

Size of Instructor Cohort: 3 NRMN faculty; up to 8 GUMSHOE coaches

Total Program Duration: 6 months

Each mentee is assigned to a GUMSHOE coach. NRMN faculty supervise the program.

Each mentee completes the following assignments during the 6 month program:

  1. Attend 3-day, in-person intensive grant writing workshop (see dates and locations below).
  2. With an assigned coach, design an individualized work schedule and meet on average twice monthly for a minimum 30-minute telephonic session to draft, revise, and finalize relevant grant application components over the remaining 6 months of program cycle.
  3. With an assigned NIH Grant Program Officer, review and revise early- and late-stage versions of grant applications.
  4. Have one’s grant application reviewed by a NIH section reviewer.
  5. With NRMN faculty, review, revise, and finalize applications for submission to NIH.

In addition, 2 weeks prior to the 3-day, in-person meeting, mentees are required to:

  1. Participate in an online writing class.
  2. Complete exercises on how to write Specific Aims.
  3. Draft, revise, and submit a Specific Aims page prior to workshop.
  4. View videos on the NIH process for reviewing proposals.

Each coach-in-training completes the following assignments during the 6 month program:

  1. Review and critique mentees’ specific aims page 1 week prior to workshop.
  2. Attend 3-day, in-person intensive grant writing workshop.
  3. With an assigned coach, design an individualized work schedule and meet on average twice monthly for a minimum 30-minute telephonic session to draft, revise, and finalize relevant grant application components over the remaining 6 months of program cycle.
  4. Coordinate with assigned NIH Grant Program Officers to review and revise early- and late-stage versions of mentees’ grant applications.
  5. Coordinate with NRMN faculty to review, revise, and finalize applications for submission to NIH.

One GUMSHOE coach is assigned to each mentee. Coaches are typically investigators who have received an NIH research award as a Principal Investigator (preferably within the past 10 years); are up to date on NIH procedures and trends; are experienced in providing feedback and guidance to others preparing NIH research or research career development proposal; and are skilled in small-group facilitation, such as eliciting others’ input, managing different personalities, and keeping group on task. Our coaches are committed to helping early-stage investigators – particularly those from diverse backgrounds – to secure sponsored research funding and to advance their research careers, and often have extensive experience with the populations of interest to GUMSHOE.

Note: Upon completion of the program, trainees will receive a 6-month, 12-month, and 18-month assessment to complete. These assessments will help improve NRMN and other programs in the future. 

Competencies Gained

 

Mentees:

  1. Grant Writing Strategies – Achieved through tailored feedback on each mentee’s grant application, with special attention to the NIH biosketch, resources and environments, Specific Aims, background/significance, impact/innovation, methods, human subjects, etc. Individuals will improve their grant-writing skills.
  2. Insights – on NIH study sections from experienced senior faculty, NIH Grant Program Officers, and NRMN faculty.
  3. Additional Skills – to produce an NIH grant to be submitted at or soon after the conclusion of the GUMSHOE program cycle.

Coaches:

  1. Advanced didactic and experiential skills in coaching early-stage investigators from diverse backgrounds.
  2. Tools and strategies for individual and small group approaches to preparing junior colleagues to become successful NIH-funded scientists.

Eligibility Requirements

Note: Participants may not be enrolled in more than one concurrent NRMN Grant Writing Coaching Group. 

Required Qualifications

Mentees:

  1. Experience – At least minimal grant-writing experience.
  2. Employment – Applicants must be employed by an agency, organization, or institution eligible to apply for and to receive NIH research awards.
  3. Career Stage* – Postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, or the equivalent who are developing an application for submission to one of the following NIH mechanisms: Diversity Supplement, K99/R00 NIH proposal; K- or R-series; or a different K-series proposal.
  4. Residency – U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency.
  5. Participation – Pre- and post-program cycle evaluations.

Coaches:

  1. Receipt of a NIH research award as a Principal Investigator (preferably within the past 10 years, or otherwise up to date on NIH procedures and trends.
  2. Experience providing feedback and guidance to others preparing NIH research or research career development proposals.
  3. Skills in small-group facilitation, such as eliciting others’ input, managing different personalities, and keeping group on task.
  4. Interest in helping early-stage investigators–particularly from diverse backgrounds–to secure sponsored research funding and to advance their research careers
  5. A desire to learn and apply the proposal writing and coaching strategies used in the GUMSHOE model with future cohorts of mentees as part of NRMN.
  6. Sufficient time to devote to the Coaching experience as outlined above.
  7. Participation in pre- and post-program cycle evaluations.

Highly Desirable Experiences, Skills, and Interests

Mentees:

  1. Preference afforded candidates whose past, present, or future research interests are consistent with the focal population(s) emphasized in the program cycle to which they apply.
  2. Preference given to applicants who have not previously received independent NIH research awards as Principal Investigators.

Coaches:

  1. Experience serving on NIH study sections in review of research and/or remained up to date on NIH procedures and trends).
  2. Experience mentoring scientists from diverse backgrounds.
  3. Institutional responsibilities related to guiding development of early-career scientists.
  4. Experience and research interests consistent with the focal population(s) emphasized in the program cycle to which one applies.

*Due to NIH restrictions on providing funding and resources to employees or contractors of the NIH Intramural Program through extramural funds, postdoctoral fellows currently working at NIH are not eligible to participate in NRMN Grant Writing Coaching Groups.

Location and Type of Sessions

In-person sessions rotate among partner and affiliated institutions (see below); Adobe Connect used for online sessions; extensive telephone and GUMSHOE website exchange.

Cohort 2 – Kick-off event date: April 18-20, 2016:

  • Focused on researchers from rural institutions, organizations, and populations
  • Candidates should be from rural/land-grant institutions or work with underserved rural populations
  • Held in Spokane, Washington

 

Cohort 3 – Kick-off event date: September 28-30, 2016:

  • Focused on African American/Black researchers and populations
  • Candidates should be of African American/Black descent or work with underserved African American and Black populations
  • Held in Detroit, Michigan

 

Cohort 4 – Kick-off event date: October 19-21, 2016:

  • Focused on researchers from rural institutions/organizations and populations
  • Candidates should be from rural/land grant institutions or work with underserved rural populations
  • Held in Spokane, Washington

 

Cohort 5 – Kick-off event date: May 14-18, 2018

  • Focused on Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander researchers and populations
  • Candidates should be of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander desent or be working with these populations
  • Held in Honolulu, Hawaii

 

GUMSHOE Schedule

  1. Review, critique, and revise specific aims page 1 week prior to workshop.
  2. Attend 3-day, in-person intensive grant writing workshop.
  3. With an assigned coach, design an individualized work schedule and meet on average twice monthly for a minimum 30-minute telephonic session to draft, revise, and finalize relevant grant application components over the remaining 6 months of program cycle.
  4. Coordinate with assigned NIH Grant Program Officer to review and revise early- and late-stage versions of mentees’ grant applications.
  5. Coordinate with NRMN faculty to review, revise, and finalize applications for submission to NIH.

Application Process

We are not currently accepting applications.

Travel and hotel funds are available to help support each participant’s attendance at in-person sessions.  Applicants will be notified of their status at least 3 weeks prior to the in-person kickoff.

Mentees:

  1. Create an online profile at NRMNet.net by clicking here
    • You will be prompted to create a password and answer a set of basic questions to create your profile.
    • When asked, “from which organization did you hear about NRMN?” please select “NRMN PDC – Professional Development Core” from the drop-down menu.
    • Once you’ve completed your registration, you will see a notification that your NRMN Profile has been updated. You may then move on to Step 2.
  2. Complete the GUMSHOE application
  3. In addition to the uniform application, the following materials are specific to GUMSHOE, and should be submitted through the NRMNet portal:
    • A letter of support from the applicant’s institutional mentor or representative that describes the institutional commitment to the applicant, local resources provided, and guarantees that the time needed for the applicant to complete the GUMSHOE program will be protected.
    • A one-page Specific Aims document in the NIH format
    • Two letters of recommendation from academic professionals
    • a current curriculum vitae
  4. Contact Spero M. Manson, Ph.D. (manson@ucdenver.edu) and/or Dedra Buchwald, M.D. (dedra.buchwald@wsu.edu), with questions about the program.

Coaches:

  1. Create an online profile at NRMNet.net by clicking here
    • You will be prompted to create a password and answer a set of basic questions to create your profile.
    • When asked, “from which organization did you hear about NRMN?” please select “NRMN PDC – Professional Development Core” from the drop-down menu.
    • Once you’ve completed your registration, you will see a notification that your NRMN Profile has been updated. You may then move on to Step 2.
  2. Complete the GUMSHOE application
  3. In addition to the uniform application, the following materials are specific to GUMSHOE, and should be submitted through the NRMNet portal
    • A letter of support from the applicant that describes their ability to serve as a coach and to devote the necessary effort to complete the GUMSHOE program
    • A copy of a recent, funded NIH research grant application on which the applicant served as Principal Investigator.
    • A current curriculum vitae.
  4. Contact Spero M. Manson, Ph.D. (spero.manson@ucdenver.edu) and/or Dedra Buchwald, M.D. (dedra.buchwald@wsu.edu), with questions about the program.