We aim to increase the number of funded projects involving both established researchers and junior faculty through a mentoring process. During the academic year, the Research Development Workshop meets biweekly in the two months before NIH application deadlines and is led by Director Angela O’Rand.
The workshop gathers the set of scholars submitting during a funding cycle and provides mechanisms for them to help each other while they are developing their own proposals. The most important aspect of the workshop is the collective and multidisciplinary nature of the discussions.
During the workshop, scholars bring proposals in development for feedback and get specific suggestions for work to complete to strengthen the project concept and proposal clarity. Full proposals are reviewed by at least one senior scholar with experience on a NIH review panel. In the coming year we will be developing a Web-based portal for the workshop where documents can be posted so the entire group has access prior to meeting.
An extended version of this proposal development process will also be offered through the Joint Summer in Residence Workshop held at the UNC Carolina Population Center and led by Kathleen Mullan Harris.
Contact Heather Tipaldos for further information.