Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

September 11, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming event: OVPR Proposal Development Workshop

The OVPR would like to invite all Baylor faculty members to attend our 4th annual proposal development workshop on Jan. 9 and 10, 2014. The workshop is designed to help faculty members of all experience levels become more effective proposal writers.

You’ll attend just one of the two days depending on your academic area and target funding agency. Faculty in science disciplines (those primarily interested in applying for funding from the NIH, NSF, DoD, NASA, etc.) will attend on Thursday, Jan. 9, while those in the arts & humanities (those targeting funding from the NEH, NEA, Dept. of Education, private foundations, etc.) will attend on Friday, Jan. 10. The seminar will be held on the Baylor campus (exact location TBA) and each day’s session will last from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided by the OVPR.

Our presenter is Dr. Peg AtKisson of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops. A neuroscientist by training, Dr. AtKisson is the former director of proposal development at Tufts University. Click here to learn more about Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops.

The workshop is sponsored by the OVPR, so there is no cost to attend. Seats are limited and we typically have a full house, so sign up early to ensure you are able to join us.

To register for the workshop, click here and fill in the online form. Contact Blake Thomas at 710-3153 with any questions about this event.

June 3, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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NIAID updating “Ten Steps to a Winning R01” online guide

Are you considering applying for an R01 research grant from the National Institutes of Health? If so, you’ll want to read Ten Steps to a Winning R01, a free, online resource offered by the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. While the guide is published by the NIAID, the advice it contains is applicable to research proposals to any of the 27 NIH institutes and centers.

NIAID is currently updating the guide with the most current information. So far, the first two sections, Conduct a Self-Evaluation and Find Your Niche, have been updated. These sections contain guidance to help researchers carefully consider their own research agenda and make thoughtful plans about the most appropriate avenues to seek funding.

Click here to read Ten Steps to a Winning R01 on the NIAID website. Further updates to the series will be distributed through the NIAID Funding Newsletter, which is available online, through email subscription or on Twitter at @NIAIDFunding.

April 26, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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“What’s the secret to getting grants?”

A recent column in the Chronicle of Higher Education offers some helpful guidance for faculty seeking to build their research careers with external funding.  The author, Karen M. Markin, director of research development at the University of Rhode Island, based the article on her work with well-funded senior faculty members.

Markin identified factors that tend to separate faculty who are successful proposal writers from those who struggle to win external funding.  Among the advice she offers:

  • Identify the priorities of funding agencies and look for opportunities to make contributions in those areas.  Even a good idea is unlikely to be funded if it doesn’t fit the current goals of the sponsor.
  • Seek out colleagues in other academic areas on campus who can help bring an interdisciplinary perspective to problems you want to solve.  Baylor faculty can search for colleagues in other disciplines using the COS Pivot database.  Contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR with questions about using COS Pivot.
  • Attend academic meetings where you can meet top researchers in your field.  Smaller conferences focused on your sub-field can present opportunities for face-to-face meetings with leading scientists who may be potential reviewers or future collaborators.

Click here to read the full article on the Chronicle website.