Eight tips for applying for your first grant

by Catherine Chen, MD While I don’t claim to be an expert in grantwriting, I have learned a thing or two over the past few years that may be helpful to those just starting out. I wrote my first successful grant application—a FAER Research Fellowship Grant—when I was a 2nd year anesthesia resident. More recently, I applied for and received a FAER Mentored Research Training Grant. Although both required a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (I’m exaggerating, but only a little), the second grant was definitely easier to write than the first. Why the difference between my two grantwriting experiences? With the second grant, I had a much better understanding of the writing process, timeline and what made up the different components of the grant. It also helped that some parts of the grant, such as ...

Picking A Research-Oriented Anesthesiology Residency

by Boris Heifets, MD PhD You’re finishing med school. You did a PhD, or spent serious time doing research. You are shocked how much you love anesthesiology (not quite what you expected a few years ago). Somewhat less shocking: you alone, among your peers, are going down this road instead of a research-track residency in medicine/peds/path. Can you really combine a career in science and anesthesiology? How do you even know which residencies to apply to? You need some help with this. Congratulations on navigating to the eSAS site! It’s true; you are looking for advice from a stranger on the Internet about one of the key decisions of your professional life. Well, I’m happy to help. Chances are we have something in common: I did an MD/PhD (neuroscience), was dead set on a career in neurology u...

NIDUS Seeking Proposals for $50,000 Pilot Grants!

The Network for Investigation of Delirium across the U.S. (NIDUS) is offering two $50,000 pilot grants for proposals related to delirium research. The purpose of these awards is to encourage innovative research that will advance investigation in delirium and lead to future grant funding. Applications are due on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 5:00pm EST. Proposals must be related to delirium research in the following priority areas: Risk factors, prognosis, outcomes; Pathophysiology, mechanisms, biomarkers, genomics and other –‘omics’ approaches; Diagnostic tools and phenomenology; Clinical interventions for prevention and treatment. Two application tracks are available: junior investigator track and established investigator track. Open to U.S.-based and international researchers. Please visit o...

Eight tips for obtaining research funding

Tips for Obtaining NIH Grant Funding Courtesy of Laure Aurelian, PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine   Have a good idea; consider issues, questions and controversies. Identify appropriate institute; talk to PO. Establish your independence potential. Define your priorities and achievements; training to complement. Generate relevant preliminary data. Discuss potential problems and pitfalls. Describe alternate strategies. Use clear and concise writing style; proofread and critique your own proposal Seek mentoring, enlist collaboration and read successful proposals models.

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