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UK/NIGMS Grant Writing Program

By Jennifer Bonck

Photo of faculty from across the country participating in a grant writing session at the William T. Young Library.
Faculty from across the country participate in a grant writing session at the William T. Young Library.

“In an open competition, UK won out over everyone else. For 20 years, members of the project team had been conducting grant writing workshops on campus. The challenge was to translate this information into electronic language. The success of the program is directly related to the personnel at the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, Sponsored Program Development, Graphics Design, Communication and UK research scientists.”

-- Don Frazier, Ph.D., professor of physiology, UK College of Medicine, and principal investigator of the grant

 

March 17, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky is the only institution in the country to offer a unique grant writing program sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

UK, through this NIGMS grant, offers an innovative way for university faculty to learn the essentials of writing successful grant proposals. The program consists of an interactive, Web-based grant writing course for faculty at minority-serving institutions.

The grant was awarded to UK about six years ago, after the NIH held an open competition for technology-based research grant program proposals. Universities, as well as private industry, applied for the award. UK was the sole recipient of the grant and remains the only site of the NIGMS Web-based grant writing program, which is in its fifth year.

The program empowers faculty engaged in biomedical research or training to develop and submit competitive research proposals. Most of the coursework is conducted via the Web, but the program begins with an expense-paid, two-day workshop at UK to introduce participants to its mechanics, as well as to the technology and staff involved in the initiative.

Don Frazier, Ph.D., professor of physiology, UK College of Medicine, and principal investigator of the grant, is extremely proud of the program. “In an open competition, UK won out over everyone else,” he said. “For 20 years, members of the project team had been conducting grant writing workshops on campus. The challenge was to translate this information into electronic language. The success of the program is directly related to the personnel at the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, Sponsored Program Development, Graphics Design, Communication and UK research scientists.”

The first day of this year’s workshop session is being held today at UK in the
William T. Young Library. Approximately 30 faculty from universities across the country will attend the training. UK Vice President for Research Wendy Baldwin, Ph.D., will give
a welcoming address to participants during the session.

The program has been developed specifically for faculty who apply for research funding from the NIGMS Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) program. Participants are selected on the basis of their qualifications, institutional support and motivation to secure extramural funds to support their research. The program seeks to ensure future funding and diversity in biomedical research.

For more information on the UK/NIGMS grant writing program, call (859) 323-7024 or (800) 490-3924.


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