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Grant Writing Resources

Grant Writing Support

Katherine Misuraca, PhD, provides overall guidance in format and organization as well as writing support for scientific premise and clarity of presentation to members of the Duke Department of Pediatrics. She also coordinates the internal peer reviews of grant applications (add link). Katherine received a PhD in molecular cancer biology in 2014 from Duke and has been providing grant writing support to Duke Pediatrics faculty since 2016. Her focus is on NIH R and K level submissions along with coordinating department-wide training grant submissions, however, time permitting she can assist with other types of grants, including foundation and internal submissions. If you would like to request assistance, please contact her well in advance of your due date (preferably at least 2 months for NIH grants, longer if you would like an internal peer review).

Katherine Misuraca, PhD
Director of Research Development
Department of Pediatrics
Duke University School of Medicine
Erwin Square
2200 W. Main Street, Wing B, Suite 220
(919) 681-5877 office
katherine.misuraca@duke.edu  

Internal Peer Reviews

To sustain and grow our existing research program, the Department of Pediatrics has implemented a set of intensive principles and processes for the internal peer review and submission of research grant applications including:

  • NIH R01 and K awards 
  • NIH R21, foundation grants, and smaller awards 

Please contact Katherine Misuraca at least 3 months prior to your NIH due date if you are interested, and see the Concept Review Policy below.

Grant Timelines

The Department of Pediatrics has developed the following general timelines to ensure submissions are complete and reviewed in a timely manner. The Department aims to submit the best possible proposals that have received internal review and comments prior to the first submission.

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Department Resources

Vice Chair for Research

Coleen Cunningham, MD

Director of Research Development

Katherine Misuraca, PhD

Children's Clinical Research Unit (CCRU)

Statistical Support

The Division of Quantitative Sciences in the Department of Pediatrics includes faculty with expertise in quantitative sciences such as biostatistics, epidemiology, econometrics, health services research, and pharmacology. These faculty members are board-certified pediatricians with clinical skills in diverse areas and advanced degrees in quantitative methods. For additional information or to access resources within the Division, please contact Christoph Hornik, MD, Chief of the Division of Quantitative Sciences.

R01 Resources

  • Specific Aims Guide [Coming soon]
  • Research Strategy Guide [Coming soon]

K Award Resources

  • K Award Specific Aims Page
  • K Application Instructions and Suggestions [Email Katherine Misuraca]

Vertebrate Animals

  • Template for Vertebrate Animal Attachment for NIH Grants [Coming soon]
    For questions, contact Bernie Fischer, DVM, PhD.

Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information NIH Grants

  • Suggestions and Templates
    See NIH Grants for more information and resources.

Duke Resources

myRESEARCHhome

myRESEARCHhome provides a single location for research-related tasks and information, putting relevant applications, resources, and information - specific to you and your projects - at your fingertips. You can personalize it even further to save you time and effort. It includes reports and functions previously available in MyResearch, which was accessed in Duke@WORK. When you click on the MyResearch tab in Duke@WORK, you will be directed automatically to myRESEARCHhome. 

Duke Office of Research Initiatives

The Duke Office of Research Initiatives is a joint effort of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the School of Medicine and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.  Our overarching goal is to facilitate effective research and collaborations for the Duke research community. We serve researchers from across Duke's schools, centers and institutes, and offer our services to all researchers -- from faculty to staff and trainees.

  • myRESEARCHnavigators
    myRESEARCHnavigators offers trained experts available by phone or email who can help identify relevant research resources, provide connections with collaborators, resolve systems issues, and answer questions about processes and best practices in performing research at Duke. You can ask them any research question! To contact this team of experts, call 919.684.2243 (Press 4 for Research) or email myresearchnavigators@duke.edu.
     

  • Researcher Consultations and Onboarding
    1:1 research consultation and onboarding sessions for researchers who are engaging in School of Medicine or health-related research activities. Each consultation is tailored to the specific portfolio and research-related plans of the researcher. We coordinate our efforts with departments and research units to ensure access to and efficiency in navigating the processes and central offices necessary to plan and start up research activities at Duke. Sessions typically take 60-90 minutes.

Early Career Grant Programs

The Early Career Grant Programs (formerly known as the K Club and Path to Independence Programs) are designed to help junior faculty prepare NIH Career Development Awards (K Series) and prepare their first NIH R01s. The program is offered three times per year to coincide with the NIH  application submission deadlines, and consists of structured reviews and feedback on grant applications by experienced faculty.

Office of Research Development

The Office of Research Development at the Duke University School of Medicine provides services to teams of investigators and individual investigators to help ensure submission of high quality grant applications.  All School of Medicine faculty leading complex research proposals (i.e., those with multiple projects and/or cores such as NIH P and U grants) are eligible to use our services on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual investigators nominated by their department chair or division chief are also eligible for our services, as are recipients of School of Medicine Bridge Funding and faculty who have previously participated in a complex grant opportunity with us. If in doubt, please contact us – we aim to serve.  Originally launched by Nancy Andrews, then Dean of the Duke University Medical School, our services continue to be provided free of charge to Duke School of Medicine faculty as a service of Dean Mary Klotman.

Write Winning Grant Proposals

This widely acclaimed seminar, presented by Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops LLC comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. It is an all-day program, held once a year (typically in July). Emphasis is given to such things as idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers, geared towards NIH format and review.

Writing from the Reader’s Perspective

Held annually in October/November, Writing from the Reader's Perspective is a three-part seminar series presented by George D. Gopen, JD, PhD focusing on writing from the reader’s perspective. The series is based on the concept that in order to improve writing, it is first necessary to understand the process of reading. The ideas presented in this series of workshops have changed participants' writing habits permanently, often resulting in improved grant-writing and publication success.

Office for Faculty Development

The Office for Faculty Development offers an array of activities and programs intended to promote faculty success and well-being by offering tools needed to successfully navigate a career at Duke.  These programs include Write Winning Grant Proposals and Writing from the Reader’s Perspective (discussed above) among other leadership, professional development and networking events.

Office for Research Mentoring

The Office for Research Mentoring aims to support the strong mentoring community within the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing.  Their team works to promote faculty success and well-being by offering tools needed to successfully navigate a career at Duke with programming designed to help junior faculty members write successful grant applications for an ever competitive funding environment. 

Office of Physician-Scientist Development

The Office of Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD) in the Duke University School of Medicine assists trainees across the career spectrum (medical students, residents and fellows, and junior faculty) by providing information and programming on career development activities such as grant writing and funding opportunities.

Office of Research Administration

The Office of Research Administration (ORA), is responsible for supporting investigators and administrators in the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing by managing externally sponsored research projects through the pre-award process.

EndNote

EndNote is powerful reference management software designed to keep track of citations and format bibliographies. Virginia (Ginger) Carden, MLS in the DUMC Library at virginia.carden@duke.edu or 919.660.1184 is an expert with EndNote. She can ensure you are using the latest version and provide additional information and support as needed.

Qualtrics
The Qualtrics survey tool is available free for Duke users through a university-wide site license. Qualtrics users can send and track participation invitations and reminders; display survey results in real time, graphically and statistically; and export raw data in a variety of formats (to CSV, XML, HTML and SPSS, a popular statistical package available through OIT software license). If you need assistance logging in, sharing surveys, creating and managing groups, or changing survey ownership, please contact the OIT Service Desk at 919.684.2200.

REDCap

REDCap is a mature, secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. Using REDCap's stream-lined process for rapidly developing projects, you may create and design projects using 1) the online method from your web browser using the Online Designer; and/or 2) the offline method by constructing a 'data dictionary' template file in Microsoft Excel, which can be later uploaded into REDCap. Both surveys and databases (or a mixture of the two) can be built using these methods.  If you require assistance or have any questions about REDCap, please contact DOCR REDCap Support at redcap-docr@duke.edu

NIH Grant Information and Resources 

SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for NIH and Other PHS Agencies

This page provides application guides for preparing electronic grant applications using the SF424 (R&R) application forms.

Guides, Templates, and Suggestions for NIH Grants 

Follow the link above [coming soon] for NIH R and K application guides, templates, and suggestions developed by Katherine Misuraca and based upon NIH requirements and the Write Winning Grants Seminar (presented annually by Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops).

FORMS D Changes (submissions after 2016)

  • Rigor and Reproducibility
    Scientific rigor and transparency in conducting biomedical research is key to the successful application of knowledge toward improving health outcomes and must be addressed in NIH grant applications and progress reports. 
  • Scientific Premise
    The scientific premise for an application is the research that is used to form the basis for the proposed research question(s). NIH expects applicants to describe the general strengths and weaknesses of the prior research being cited by the applicant as crucial to support the application. It is expected that this consideration of general strengths and weaknesses include attention to the rigor of the previous experimental designs, as well as the incorporation of relevant biological variables and authentication of key resources. January 2019: NIH replaces the term scientific premise with the rigor of the prior research:
  • FAQs for Rigor, Transparency, and Scientific Premise

FORMS E Changes: (submissions on or after January 25, 2018)

  • Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information Form
    A primary component of NIH’s initiative to enhance the stewardship of clinical trials is the creation of a new application form that consolidates all Human Subjects and Clinical Trial related information into one place, and also expands the information required for studies that meet the NIH definition of a clinical trial. This new form is included in the new FORMS-E Application Packages to be used for all due dates on or after January 25, 2018 and should be used for all human subject contract proposals responding to Requests for Proposals issued as of January 25, 2018. 

  • Information about Human Subjects Research

  • Clinical Trial Definition

  • Duke Resources for FORMS E Changes
    • ORA Website
      Includes Training Sessions and Communications, Resources including training videos, forms, and tools to use while preparing your application, and Templates (prepared by the Office of Research Development, School of Medicine).
    • Pediatrics Department Resources
      Specific suggestions and templates developed by Katherine Misuraca. [coming soon]

Vertebrate Animals

Biosketch

Instructions, guidelines, and templates for completing your NIH Biosketch—be sure to use the most recent blank template.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Facilities and Resources

  • Library of Facilities and Resources [KLM1] compiled from previous NIH applications, covering various Pediatrics Department, School of Medicine, and Duke resources.​

Cover Letter

Does your application need a cover letter? In some cases, it does, in others, it is optional.  Get suggestions here.

NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT)
The NIH RePORTER system provides a searchable database of NIH-funded research, including abstracts, publications and patents.

NIH Grant Writing Advice and Sample Applications (R01)

This list of useful websites will help you plan, write, and apply for a research project grant.

Guidelines for Reviewers (Center for Scientific Review)

This resource informs reviewers of their roles in peer review and of steps to take throughout the process in order to perform the highest quality assessments of the scientific and technical merits of applications.

Identify your Study Section

The Center for Scientific Review assigns grant applications to study sections—groups of 20–40 scientists focused on a particular research field who are charged with reviewing applications.

Videos of NIH Peer Review Sessions

The Center for Scientific Review has produced a series of videos to give you an inside look at how scientists from across the country review NIH grant applications for scientific and technical merit. 

eRA Commons Tutorials

There are three new tutorial videos available for viewing to help you navigate the Status screen in eRA Commons. These videos are the first three in a series that will look at the Status option in detail.

  • Status Screen Overview (tutorial #1) goes through the steps of how to get to the Status search options if you are a Signing Official (SO) or a Principal Investigator (PI); it outlines the importance of the Status screen; it also highlights some of the critical actions that must be taken to manage a grant application from submission to award to closeout.
  • Signing Official: Finding Information (tutorial #2) is focused on the tools available to a Signing Official.  The video reviews the three ways an SO can search for a grant application, and the various other search options available to them.
  • Status Search Results (tutorial #3) covers the results of a search. The video highlights how search results are displayed and organized and the importance of checking the items listed in the Action column.