NIH Fundamentals

Workshop Time: 3.25 hours.

This workshop provides a primary basis of understanding of proposals to and awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This workshop will give you the basics and we will walk you through the grants process, and give you an overview of key resources and websites you will need to be successful. The program is perfect for someone new to Research Administration, as well as for Research Administrators seeking to expand their knowledge of federal funding agencies. The curriculum provides an overview of the policies and procedures essential to preparing successful proposals to and managing grant awards from the NIH.

Major content areas covered include:

  1. NIH overall structure, culture, and organization;
  2. Developing and submitting NIH proposals;
  3. The merit review process;
  4. Post-Award administration;
  5. Tips and tricks.

Program Level: Overview
Prerequisite: None

The On-Demand recording will be available 10 business days after the live presentation.

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  • Participants will be able to describe the organizational structure of NIH and ways it can aid in locating funding opportunities and staff contacts.
  • Participants will be able to provide a high-level explanation of the path NIH grant applications take from submission to award and Post-Award management.
  • Participants will find answers to their questions, whether it be knowing the right website, helpdesk, or staff contact.

Michelle Bulls

Director, Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)

National Institutes of Health

Kristin Ta

Senior Advisor, Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)

National Institutes of Health

Participants receive 3.25 hours of continuing education credits = .3 CEU's.

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