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Date: Friday, September 15 - Friday, December 8

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: A004 Blount Hall (BLNT)

Target Audience: Faculty

Topics in Research Development is a brown-bag lunch series every other Friday to discuss topics in research development ranging from career development to quad charts. Topics will be posted in ORE communications and emailed directly to registered participants the week of. To receive these emails, please register for the series.

The series will consist of six sessions held from 12:00 pm-1 pm on the dates below.

  • September 15: How to Maximize the Impact of your Biographical Sketch
    • Greater emphasis is being put on biosketches as a way to evaluate the ability of individual investigators and how they would perform as a research team. We will discuss changes in the biosketch requirements for the National Institutes of Health as well as best practices for developing biosketches for  both the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
  • September 29 (held in Blount 101, 1:30pm)
  • October 20 : How to Pick the Right R-Mechanism for Your Unsolicited NIH Proposal
    • Are you considering applying for NIH funding but don’t know the difference between an R01, an R15, and an R21?  Not sure if you meet the criteria for an “early stage investigator” or if it even matters?  Join us for a discussion about your options when applying for NIH research funding and what factors you need to consider when making the decision about which award mechanism you should apply for.
  • November 3: UT’s Communities of Scholars – Who, What, and How?
    • Diana Moyer from the Faculty Development Team will provide an overview of the Communities of Scholars program, which was established by the Office of Research and Development and to support interdisciplinary research.  This session will cover the goals of the Community of Scholars program, the research areas of the eight current CoSs, and the steps for starting a new Community.
  • November 20: Quad Chart Master Class
    • A quad chart is a convenient format for concisely conveying the objectives, innovation, and anticipated outcomes of a proposed research project. Several funding agencies, particularly DOD, use quad charts in their preliminary assessment of proposed research.  During this session, Jim Mazzouccolo will guide participants through the development of their own quad chart.
      • NOTE: Faculty considering a submission to one of the four UT Seed Programs should be aware that each requires the inclusion of a quad chart as part of the application.
  • December 8: Jump-Start Your NIH Specific Aims Page
    • The Specific Aims page is arguably the most important page in an NIH research proposal.  A well-developed Specific Aims page serves as a road map for developing the rest of the research plan.  Prior to a submission, it can serve as the basis for discussions with program officers.  Reviewers often get their first (and sometimes only) impressions of your research proposal from reading the Specific Aims page.  Louise Nuttle will introduce a useful template and prompts for developing the first draft of a new Specific Aims page.

Please contact Louise Nuttle at with any questions.

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