ORS/OREF/AAOS New Investigator Research Funding Workshop

Deadline for Applications Extended: March 25, 2016

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Research Funding Workshop 

Clinical, Translational, and Basic Science Research

2017 Program Dates and Location to be Announced!

Workshop Chairs:  James Iatridis, PhD and Kurt Spindler, MD


  • In Depth Grant Writing Strategy & Skills
  • Interactive Mock Study Section and Specific Aims Lab
  • Real Time Feedback from Faculty Reviewers & NIH Officers
  • Tips for Writing Successful New and Revised Grant Applications
  • Practical Information for Early Career Development


The workshop takes a step beyond ‘grant writing basics’ by offering a mixture of didactic lectures, interactive workshops, individualized mentoring, and networking for professional development.  Faculty are senior investigators who manage highly successful research programs funded by the NIH, DOD, VA, and private foundations, and who have served on NIH study section.

To date, participants of the ORS/OREF Grant Writing Workshop and ORS/OREF/AAOS New Investigator Research Funding Workshop have received 78 NIH Grants totaling $85,206,153.

In the didactic part of the course, experts will offer practical insight on designing impactful basic, translational, and clinical grant proposals and effectively communicating significance and innovation to the study section.  In addition to learning more about the elements of a successful grant application, attendees will learn strategies for foundation and federal grants, and differences among NIH mechanisms, success rates, and paylines (i.e. R03, R21, K08/K01/K23/K99, R01). Each session includes time for questions and discussion.

This interactive Workshop features a Mock Study Section, in which faculty members review provisional grants provided by the participants.  The Mock Study Section will be chaired by Dr. James Iatridis, who served as Study Section Chair at the NIH Skeletal Biology, Structure, and Regeneration Study Section, and an NIH Scientific Review Officer (SRO).  Attendees who elect to submit a draft proposal have the opportunity for individualized critical review and mentorship by an experienced musculoskeletal researcher.  All attendees will bring a draft Specific Aims page to the meeting so that they can collaborate with faculty and peers to apply workshop concepts to revise and improve it in the Specific Aims Lab.

The program is open to junior faculty, post-doctoral researchers, clinical fellows, and residents with a commitment to pursuing an academic research career.  Basic science and clinical investigators (PhD, MD, MS, DVM) with or without training awards are invited to attend.


Workshop Application

Deadline for Applications TBD

Registration Fee

Workshop registration fee includes:

  • Housing (2 nights: Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13)
  • Meals provided on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14
  • Networking and Collaboration Dinner (Casual)
  • Workshop Materials

2016 Program Agenda


“I did not know anything about NIH Grants. I attended the ORS/OREF/AAOS Grant Writing Workshop in 2006. I received my first NIH R01 Grant in 2007 and second NIH R01 in 2009, both of which were renewed. I just received another NIH R01 award notice in 2015. I attribute all credits to the faculty members of the ORS/OREF/AAOS Grant Writing Workshop.”- Francis Lee, M.D., Columbia University.

“I attended the ORS/OREF/AAOS Grant Writing Workshop in 2012. I received my first R01 Grant in 2013! My provisional R01 grant was reviewed and discussed at the Mock Study Section. Real-time feedback was pivotal in improving my grant.”- Danielle Benoit, Ph.D., University of Rochester, New York.

“I attended the Workshop in 2013. My grant was discussed and revised at the Real-Time Revision Session. I received the OREF Grant in 2014”- Cynthia Emory, M.D., Wake Forest University Health Service.

Sample Grants and Resources

NIH R01 Sample Grants:  http://www.niaid.nih.gov/researchfunding/grant/Documents/Ratnerfull.pdf

(There are best samples of NIH-funded grants with perfect scores!)

NIH K08 Sample Grant:   http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/edumedia/edufiles/research/center_translational_medicine/funding/k08-summary-3.pdf

NIH Grant Strategy:           http://www.niaid.nih.gov/researchfunding/grant/strategy/pages/default.aspx

Department of Defense:    http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/prorp.shtml

OREF Grants:                      http://www.oref.org/site/PageServer?pagename=grants_homepage

MTF Grant Page:                http://www.mtf.org/research_grant_programs.html

Clinical Trials Tutorial:    http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01631669

NIH RePORTER:               http://projectreporter.nih.gov/project_info_description.cfm?aid=8261682&icde=15320957

(You can search abstracts of NIH-funded research projects and PI profiles.)

NIH Statistics:                   http://report.nih.gov/success_rates/index.aspx

NIH Grant Reviewers:     http://public.csr.nih.gov/StudySections/Standing/Pages/default.aspx

(You can find out members of the NIH Grant Review Panels. Example: SBSR, SBDD, Others)

NIAMS Paylines:              http://www.niams.nih.gov/about_us/budget/funding_plan_fy2013.asp

NIH Grant Types:             http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/funding_program.htm

NIH Grant Forms:           http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm

NIH Success Rate:           http://report.nih.gov/success_rates/index.aspx

NIH Grant Gossips:        http://writedit.wordpress.com

VA System Grants:          http://www.research.va.gov/funding/

Academic Promotion:    http://sites.jhu.edu/council/transit




(List of Academic Titles & Promotion Tracks for PhDs and MDs)

Others Societies:             http://www.rjos.org/web/awards/index.htm





NIH Review Criteria:     http://grants.nih.gov/grants/peer/critiques/rpg.htm

Impact Score:                   https://grants.nih.gov/grants/peer/guidelines_general/impact_significance.pdf

Grant Forms:                   http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html

Biosketches Forms:       http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-032.html








  1. Junior faculty
  2. Clinical fellows, residents, or post-doctoral researchers who are doing research and have a confirmed faculty appointment, or
  3. Basic and clinical investigators (MD, PhD, MS) with or without  training awards


  1. Completed Application
  2. Letter of nomination from division or department chair to include description of the candidate’s work and research interest
  3. NIH Biosketch of the applicant

NIH Biosketch Template

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Potential for success as an independent investigator in musculoskeletal research
  2. Ability to benefit from the ORS/OREF/AAOS New Investigator Workshop
  3. Evidence of commitment in pursuing an academic research career in musculoskeletal research

For more information please contact Jola Lewsza at lewsza@ors.org.