The 10th Annual Pilot Research Project Training Program (PRP) Research Capacity Building Workshop was held on March 17-18. Nineteen PhD students and faculty members attended. Nine of these were from UC and ten were from other institutions in the PRP consortium – Bowling Green State University, Central State University, Ohio University, Western Kentucky University, and Air Force Institute of Technology. On the first day of the workshop, Lisa Kurek from BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting in Ann Arbor, Michigan, served as a presenter on the “nuts and bolts” of grant writing for researchers, including topics such as an overview of NIH/CDC/NIOSH, the peer review process, hypothesis driven research, proposal development, and understanding the electronic submission process. The second day of the workshop included interactive presentations by University of Cincinnati researchers. Dr. Amit Bhattacharya, PRP Program Director, discussed faculty development, grant review, and the NIH Roadmap Initiatives. Ms. Claudia Norman, Senior Regulatory Compliance Specialist at the UC Internal Review Board (IRB), gave an overview of the ethical treatment of human subjects and the IRB approval process for human subject research. Dr. Erin Haynes discussed helpful techniques for writing research proposals. Dr. Ian Papautsky and Dr. Haynes explained the development of their collaborative research on point-of-care sensors starting from their first PRP grant to their current R01 grant. Dr. Eric Kettleson completed the presentations by discussing pilot grants and career path development for early-stage investigators. The workshop concluded with a Q & A session with Drs. Tiina Reponen, Bhattacharya, and Kettleson. The workshop participants were very appreciative of the opportunity to attend and gain knowledge on grant writing and career development.
Dr. Haynes gave helpful hints for grant writing.