Research Proposal Preparation for Biological Sciences

Course Number: 
ENV H 530
Course Type: 
Career Development
Currently Offered: 
Yes
Credits: 
3
Quarter: 
Autumn
Weeks: 
6-10
Meeting Time: 
MW 2-3:20P
Location: 
UW, South Campus Center, Room 309
Instructor (MCB Faculty): 
Xia, Zhengui
Class Size: 
<15
Course Description: 

SLN 22187

The goal of this course is to introduce doctoral graduate students in the biological sciences to NIH grant proposal preparation, submission, the review process, and revision. The course will focus on hypothesis-driven, laboratory bench-work based research following the NIH pre-doctoral (NRSA) fellowship format. It should help students to prepare pre-doctoral fellowship submissions as well as their general qualifying exams.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Demonstrate skills in formulating a novel, highly focused, and testable hypothesis, and specific aims, and  in designing methods to address the specific aims
  2. Demonstrate an ability to revise a proposal based on critique.
  3. Demonstrate skills in the cPque of peer proposals in a constructive way
Prerequisites: 
None.
Required Text: 
No textbook.
Course requirements, examinations and grading: 

ACTIVITY

POINTS

 

Presentation of research articles that are the basis for research proposal

5

 

1st submission of the research proposal

10

 

Grant review as primary reviewers

20

 (5 each x 4)

Revised final proposal           

60

 

Participating class discussion

5

 

TOTAL

100

 

DATE

TOPIC

Sept. 24

General introduction  I- Basics of proposal submission etc.

Sept. 29

General introduction  II--Basic principles for proposal writing

Oct. 1

A specific example of proposal

Oct. 6

Presentation of research  articles to be used for proposal

Oct. 8

Presentation of research  articles to be used for proposal

Oct. 13

Presentation of research  articles to be used for proposal

Oct. 15

Lecture and panel discussion with faculty experts

Oct. 20

Lecture and panel discussion led by students/postdocs.

Oct. 22

Hypothesis and specific aim

Oct. 27

Hypothesis and specific aim

Oct. 29

Hypothesis and specific aim

Nov. 3

Hypothesis and specific aim

Nov. 5

Basics of grant review

Nov. 10

Presentation and discussion of 1st draft proposal

Nov. 12

Presentation and discussion of 1st draft proposal

Nov. 17

Presentation and discussion of 1st draft proposal

Nov. 19

Strategies for revision

Nov. 24

Strategies for revision

Nov. 26

Review of final proposal

Nov. 27

Thanksgiving

Dec. 1

Review of final proposal

Dec. 3

Review of final proposal