FUNDING FOR RESEARCH ACTIVITIES:
BASIC ISSUES IN OBTAINING SUPPORT

A COURSE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS, POST DOCTORAL FELLOWS,
NEW INVESTIGATORS, FACULTY, & ADMINISTRATORS

Those not wishing to formally register are welcome to audit the course.

Spring 2008, M9780, Call No. 83034, Pass/Fail*, One Credit,
Thursdays, 1pm-3pm, Hammer Health Sciences Center, Room 324

Feb 28 Types of support and review processes for research and training activities: Government Agencies
Slide Presentation
Mar 6 a) Types of support and review processes for research and training activities: Voluntary Health Organizations, Foundations, Industry, Clinical Trials, and Development
Slide Presentation

b) Identifying sources of funding:
(Hard copy and Internet resources)
Slide Presentation

Mar 13 Planning & organizing a research proposal (NIH application used as a reference)
Slide Presentation #1
Slide Presentation #2
Mar 27
Dr. Richard Deckelbaum
Dr. Henry Ginsberg
Dr. Jan Kitajewski
Practice of seeking grant support: Tips from experienced researchers at Columbia
Topics will include: finding sources of support, grant writing, career development, how to make the transition from post-doc/fellowship to first independent research position, K awards, basic science research in a clinical dept, and institutional resources
Apr 3
Dr. Richard Kessin
How to Write: Discussion of proper grammar and composition. Critical review of selected writing pieces.
Suggested reading: The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. (Bartleby)
Apr 17
Dr. Howard Lieberman
Experiences of a peer reviewer and critical review of a sample grant application.

* Grade determined by class attendance and a brief report on funding agencies and opportunities related to the student's own research interests.

Resources:
Writing a Grant Proposal: Application Forms and Writing Tips
http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/dept/gsas/ac_programs/writing.htm

SPIN Funding Opportunities Database
This commercial database from Infoed, Inc. is updated daily and contains information on approximately 11,000 different funding opportunities from more than 1,200 different sponsoring agencies. Over 4,000 opportunities are in health-related, behavioral, or biomedical fields.
http://www.infoed.org/new_spin/spinmain.asp

National Institutes of Health
http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/dept/gsas/ac_programs/nih.htm

Government Information for Researchers in the Biomedical and Health Sciences
http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/dept/gsas/ac_programs/gov-hsc.htm

Foundation Directory (CU only)
Database of 80,000 grantmakers (along with their yearly tax statements) and 500,000 awards
http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio3328966

Grants.gov
Single access point for grant programs offered by all Federal grant-making agencies
http://www.grants.gov

GrantsNet.org
Searchable database (and e-mail alert module) of funding opportunities from non-profit organizations and federal agencies. Database focuses on training support programs specifically for graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty members in the sciences.
http://www.grantsnet.org

SPONSORS: The Institute of Human Nutrition & The Dept. of Medicine
COURSE DIRECTOR: Dr. Jaime S. Rubin [342-(2)3184; jsr9@columbia.edu]


Revision Date: January 2008