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NIH On-Demand Webinars

On-demand Webinars: Planning and Writing Successful NIH Grant Proposals

Research Development Services (RDS) is pleased to partner with the AtKisson Training Group to bring a series of six sessions, comprised of 18 parts, on-demand webinars for University of Arizona faculty and research scientists interested in pursuing National Institutes of Health proposals. Your All Access Pass is available here (you will need your email address to register). This pass is available through March 31, 2024.
As a reminder, while this webinar series is designed to provide an overview of tips, tricks, and best practices, always defer to the NIH SF424 Application Guide (currently Version H) for submission. Questions: contact us at


  • Part One: Early Stages of Proposal Development (33 minutes) - What to consider before you begin to write your proposal. Understanding the NIH process. Talking with your Program Officer.
  • Part Two: Assessing Readiness and Choosing a Grant Mechanism (37 minutes) - Do you have all the components (Idea, Skills, Data, Environment, Productivity) for a successful proposal? Choosing a successful grant mechanism.
  • Part Three: The Timeline (16 minutes) - The ideal timeline for planning, writing, and assembling your grant proposal. A look at the challenges.


  • Part Four: Importance of the Specific Aims Page (45 minutes) - This segment summarizes the importance of developing, outlining, and writing your Specific Aims page.
  • Part Five: Specific Aims Page Example #1 (17 minutes) - This example outlines how to write the Aims and Hypothesis using an animal model.
  • Part Six: Specific Aims Page Example #2 (9 minutes) - This example outlines developing an intervention-style method using a hybrid proposal, how procedures cluster under aims, and addressing clinically-related questions.


  • Part Seven: Significance and Rigor of the Prior Work (18 minutes) - Understanding this section of your application. Highlighting the importance of the problem and how the prior research supports your proposal.
  • Part Eight: Innovation (10 minutes) - Demystifying the “innovation” criteria for NIH applications and review.
  • Part Nine: Approach (45 minutes) - A deep dive into the strategy and organization of the most important component of your application.


  • Part Ten: Title, Abstract, and Administrative Components (14 minutes) - A closer look at these critical components of your proposal submission packet.
  • Part Eleven: Biographical Sketches (25 minutes) - Evidence of the strength of your research team. Understanding the common errors and how to optimize your personal statement, your contribution to science, and your research support. *Updated based on this NIH notice, for proposals submitted after May 5, 2021.
  • Part Twelve: Budgets and Justifications (13 minutes) - Thinking through what resources you need to do the work of your grant, and ensuring the scope of your proposal is appropriate for the funding. Modular versus non-modular. Justifying personnel (and everything else).
  • Part Thirteen: Facilities and Other Resources (21 minutes) - Facilities and Other Resources / Authentication of Key Biological Resources / Vertebrate Animals and Human Subjects - understand how these administrative components can enhance the quality of your submission.


  • Part Fourteen: Resubmissions (50 minutes) - How to decide, and what to do.


  • Part Fifteen: Transitions and Renewals (28 minutes) - Renewing R01's and K-to-R Transitions. Planning for your continued research funding stream.
  • Part Sixteen: Writing the Progress Report (8 minutes) - How to use the progress report to shape the narrative for your future resubmissions. Different ways to organize your report.
  • Part Seventeen: What's New in Competing Continuations? (10 minutes) - How Significance and Innovation play out in Type 2 proposals. Avoid your research being seen as “incremental steps”. How to “step up” your research.
  • Part Eighteen: The K-to-R Transition (17 minutes) - Designing your K to maximize publications (2 papers per year). Importance of collaboration! When do you plan to submit your R01? Planning your career trajectory.

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