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ITHS Career Development Series: What Really Happens at a NIH Study Review

What happens to your grant once it gets to a study section?Dr. Paul Martin

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.

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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

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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).