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Fall 2023 Biomedical Research Grant Proposal Development PLC

The goal of this Professional Learning Community (PLC) is to equip faculty with skills, resources, and support for preparing competitive grant proposals for biomedical research grants through the Kentucky IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (KY INBRE), and subsequently, the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Through its specialized institutes, NIH funds research that seeks fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. 

KY INBRE, sponsored by NIH and located at the University of Louisville, offers Investigator Development Award (IDeA) grants to faculty at eligible institutions in Kentucky.  The IDeA grant program provides support to promising junior investigators to establish biomedical research programs involving undergraduate students.  The goal is to support faculty in preparing to compete for NIH funding, and submitting a grant proposal to NIH is a requirement for all grantees. 

PLC participants will benefit from structured professional development, individualized support, and peer review.  Resources and guidance will be provided for each component of the application process, and participants will have opportunities to engage in scholarly discussions about their work.  As KY INBRE awards require that grantees teach no more than six credit hours per semester during the two-year award period and require a cost share commitment for a portion of the reassigned effort, interested faculty must have department chair approval to participate in the PLC.  Sponsored Programs will route registration requests to department chairs for approval prior to accepting faculty into the PLC. 

The PLC will be co-directed by Dr. Tanea Reed, EKU’s KY INBRE Lead Faculty Representative, and Dr. Tiffany Hamblin, Associate Director of Sponsored Programs at EKU.  Weekly 45-minute meetings will be held virtually, and participants will be expected to participate in a full-day virtual workshop hosted by KY INBRE (typically held on a Saturday in October).  PLC meetings will begin during the week of September 4 and conclude during the week of November 20 to ensure that all participants can meet the December IDeA grant submission deadline.  The day and time for weekly meetings will be determined based on the availability of faculty participants. 

The registration window will be open through Wednesday, August 23, 2023.  Please click here to register.  

Tentative Schedule 



Week of September 4

Introduction to KY INBRE

Overview of IDeA Grant Requirements and Expectations

Refining an Idea, Selecting an Institute, and Communicating with NIH Program Officers

Using NIH’s RePORTERTool

Week of September 11

Getting Familiar with the Funding Opportunity Announcement (R15/R16), NIH Application Guide, NIH Forms, and Review Criteria

Week of September 18


Identifying and Working with a Research Mentor

Mentoring Students

Week of September 25

Using NIH ASSISTand SciENcv

Week of October 2

Mechanics of an NIH Grant Proposal

Week of October 9

Developing a Strong Research Plan

Week of October 16

Accessing and Using Institutional Data

October 21

KY INBRE Grant Writing Workshop

Week of October 30

Developing an NIH Grant Budget

Week of November 6

NIH Peer Review Process

Week of November 13

Peer Review Feedback

Week of November 20


Tips for Success

Finalizing the Application Package and Submitting for Internal Review

Published on July 06, 2023

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