Grants Academy


The PSU-COM Grants Academy is a structured, non-credit workshop intended to assist participants with preparation and submission of an independent investigator-initiated grant application. Applications include submissions to the NIH (e.g., R01, R21, K01, K08, K23), the American Cancer Society, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Heart Association, and the American Diabetes Association (among others). Participants will be asked to commit to submit a grant application, with support of their chair, in the summer/fall of 2016. It is anticipated that this Academy will require a 10% commitment of time (4-5 hours per week). The Academy itself will only meet once per month on a Tuesday morning from 7:30-9:00 am. However, each meeting will be accompanied by the required submission of a component of the final grant application. In addition to the Directors, the Academy will identify and recruit mentors to serve as “readers” to assist with preparation of deliverable units.  


Dr. Sarah Bronson, Director, Office of Research Development and Interdisciplinary Research; Associate Professor of Cellular & Molecular Physiology

Dr. Kent Vrana, Elliot S. Vesell Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology, former Chair, NIH Molecular NeuroPharmacology and Signaling (MNPS) Study Section

Dr. Sheila Vrana, Associate Dean for Research; Associate Professor of Pharmacology; Office of Research Affairs


All meetings are held in Room C5702 unless otherwise noted.

September: Select participants, recruit mentors (no meeting)

Oct. 11: Introduction to Grant Writing: Timeline

Nov. 8: Introduction to Grant Writing: Aims Page; Funding Strategies; Concept Paper is due

Dec. 9: JFDP session on Proposal Review and Mock Study Section; location TBD

Dec. 18: Specific Aims are due (no meeting)

Jan. 10: Research Strategy: Significance, Innovation

Feb. 14: Research Strategy: Approach; Research Strategy: Significance, Innovation is due

March 14: Budget and Budget Justification (ACUC/IRB); Research Strategy: Approach is due

April 11: Troubleshooting; Share Drafts; Rough Draft of Preliminary Budget is due


Please contact the Office of Research Affairs at 717-531-8495.