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Winning More Grants! Best Tactics for Use on New NIH Short Form

Link to presentation “Winning More Grants! Best Tactics for Use on New NIH Short Form” by Dr. Karin Rodland, Chief Scientist for NIH Programs, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  Dr. Rodland discusses how to write succinctly and compellingly using the required NIH Short Form, which became effective in January 2010. 

Managing Clinical Data Using the REDCap System

Links shown below are to a recording and the PowerPoint presentation for “Managing Clinical Data Using the REDCap System,” an Advance Faculty Professional Development class taught by Drs. Peter Gabriel and Andy Cucchiara on October 11, 2012. REDCap is a web-based database information system that is freely available at Penn Medicine that allows researchers to securely store and share data in a uniform way. Topics covered in this class are: 1) Introduction (data integrity, security, and privacy) and Overview of the REDCap system; 2) Creating a project; 3) Defining and building data collection fields and forms; 4) Entering data; 5) User rights and security; 6) Importing and exporting data; 7) Creating reports; and 8) Other tools.

Recording of Peter Gabriel REDCap tutorial

REDCap PowerPoint Presentation

All About Grants Tutorials -- NIAID
Link to the NIAID (National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases) website which provides on-line tutorials on preparing RO1 grant applications. Tutorials help biomedical investigators, especially new ones, plan, write, and apply for the basic NIH research project grant, the R01. Advice comes from the experience of NIAID staff, including former NIH grantees.

Biostatistics and Epidemiology Consulting Center -- Perelman School of Medicine
Link to the Perelman School of Medicine Biostatistics and Epidemiology Consulting Center (BECC) offering consultation to researchers.

Clinical Research and Public Health Training Options -- Perelman School of Medicine
Link to the Perelman School of Medicine interactive web site which allows users to identify training opportunities within the Perelman School of Medicine in clinical investigation, patient-oriented research, and public health, based on the career path they plan to follow.

Grants and Contracts -- Penn Medicine Links
Link to the Perelman School of Medicine Research website providing links to federal agencies and foundations

Inside the NIH Grant Review Process
Link to a video presentation by the NIH Center for Scientific Review, showing a mock study section meeting. Provides an inside look at how NIH grant applications are reviewed for scientific and technical merit.

Introduction to Clinical Research Methods
Link to presentation by Dr. Brian Strom on October 7, 2011, providing a brief overview of the most popular options in clinical research design. Learn about the different approaches available to conducting clinical research. This information will help faculty in reading medical literature critically and will help in the care of patients. It also serves as an introduction to the field of clinical research.

Funding the Transition: Making the Move from Individual Research to the Team Science Approach

Link to slides by Dr. Caryn Lerman, Dr. Kevin Volpp, Dr. Stephen Kimmel, Dr. Morris Birnbaum and Kate Musselman from the research symposium ‘Funding the Transition: Making the Move from Individual Research to the Team Science Approach’ held on June 22, 2012.



Advanced REDCap: Advanced Techniques for Managing Clinical Data



Learn to use advanced features of the REDCap database system, including: 1) data dictionary method for creating and editing forms; 2) longitudinal projects and events; 3) study arms and the randomization module; 4) advanced security using data access groups; 5) importing data and using the application programming interface (API); and more!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Room 8 Maloney

Dr. Peter Gabriel

Dr. Andy Cucchiara

NIH Grant Writing Strategies


Learn tips and strategies for NIH grant writing success, such as selecting the best funding institute and/or study section to review your proposal and techniques for selling your scientific ideas to reviewers. Dr. Michael Marks, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Dr. Leslie King, Grant Editor from the School of Veterinary Medicine, will teach this class.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

12:00pm - 1:30pm

104 Stellar Chance

Dr. Michael Marks

Dr. Leslie King

Managing Clinical Data using REDCAP (Research Electronic Data Capture)


Do you have multiple versions of your research data stored on thumb drives, your home and office computers, and your e-mail inbox? Have you ever wasted time collecting data in a format that your statistician can't use? If so, this class is for you! REDCAP is a web-based database freely available at Penn Medicine. The expert instructors will teach you introductory and advanced features of this information system to help you improve your research data management.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

3:30pm - 5:00pm


Class registration is limited to 25 people

Dr. Peter Gabriel

Dr. Andy Cucchiara

Before You Write: Pre-Grant Writing Strategies for Success Panel


Learn strategies to make your NIH proposals more effective, including: Creating a writing timeline (i.e., allowing ample time for writing and re-writing); focusing on preliminary data; and setting up key collaborations. Dr. Leslie King, Grant Editor from the School of Veterinary Medicine and Kate Musselman, Grant Editor and Scientific Writer from the Office of Research Program Development in PSOM, will teach this class

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

12:00pm - 1:30pm

09-146 Smilow CTR


Kate Musselman

Dr. Leslie King