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ORS/OREF/AAOS Grant Writing 2017-10-27T19:44:37+00:00

ORS/OREF/AAOS Grant Writing Workshop
May 17 – 19, 2018
Location: TBD

Workshop Chairs: Stavros Thomopoulos, PhD and Kurt Weiss, MD

The ability to write a compelling grant application is an essential skill for funding your research program and achieving success in academia. Writing your first grant application is a milestone in your career, and receiving your first grant is an achievement to be celebrated. As part of our commitment to mentoring young scientists interested in musculoskeletal research, the ORS, OREF, and AAOS have partnered for more than 20 years to teach grant writing skills to young scientists. This workshop provides the orthopaedic research community of residents, surgeons, basic scientists, and engineers with the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to write a successful grant application.

The workshop is taught by faculty with clinical, engineering, and biologic backgrounds that have long and successful track records attaining research funding. The faculty will offer practical insights on designing impactful basic, translational, and clinical grant proposals, with an emphasis on how to effectively communicate ideas to reviewers.

Each attendee is invited to submit either a specific aims page or a full grant proposal. Although the focus of the workshop is on NIH R01 applications, attendees are encouraged to submit a proposal they are currently working on, including OREF research proposals, NIH R21 proposals, and NIH K-award proposal. Applications will be assigned to faculty, who will review and discuss your grant proposal with you.  A subset of grant proposals will be selected to be discussed during a mock study section. We encourage you to take the advantage of this unique opportunity.

The Grant Writing Workshop features:

  • Mock NIH study section:  faculty will review a subset of grants submitted by the registrants, following the same procedures used at NIH study sections.
  • Specific aims lab: the specific aims page is considered by most to be the most important page of a grant application; faculty will discuss specific aims pages submitted by each attendee and help attendees revise and improve their ideas and presentation.
  • Networking and real-time feedback: there will be numerous opportunities to network and get feedback from faculty, including working lunches, networking receptions, and small group discussions.
  • NIH officer participation: officers from the NIH will participate in the workshop by giving presentations, answering questions, networking, and running the mock study section.
  • Mentoring: attendees will be assigned faculty member mentors for discussion of their career paths, submitted specific aims and/or research proposals, and networking.

“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.

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

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