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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6907

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive -
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: SCNS approved 4/8/09

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2138 2008-09-18
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs MD 6130103200
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Sandra Anderson 9745566

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GMS 6907 Grantsmanship III

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    1 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Grantsmanship III
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    GMS 6905 Grantsmanship I and GMS 6906 Grantsmanship II


    Instructor permission

    Course Description

    The 3rd in 3-course series teaching knowledge, skills and techniques needed to submit successful NIH grant proposals. Focus is applications for clinical & translational research career development awards. Secondary emphasis is research project proposals.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    When the originally approved two-course series (GMS 6905 Grantsmanship I and GMS 6906 Grantsmanship II) was taught the first time, it was decided that it was too compressed to permit a solid acquisition of the skills and did not allow enough time for the

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course is part of a required sequence of courses for the concentration in Clinical and Translational Research aimed primarily at the USF Scholars in Patient-Oriented Research program. It will also serve as a resource for other funded research career development programs at USF, for example, the NIH/Fogarty International Training program for physicians.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    The content of the course was offered as part of a two-course series on Grantsmanship in Grantsmanship II in Fall 2007. It was determined that the materials were too condensed for thorough implementation at the level desired and that spreading the course

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Minimum qualifications for the instructor include a doctoral degree and some experience with Federal research grants.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The three-course series of GMS 6905, GMS 6906 and GMS 6907 objectives are to: 1. Increase knowledge of NIH Grant funding requirements. 2. Teach scientific writing skills. 3. Identify grant writing pitfalls and successful grant writing techniques. 4. Expose student to review procedures, outcomes and how to address weaknesses. 5. Provide instruction on federal research rules and regulations. 6. Facilitate successful federal clinical and translational research proposals. 7. Train individuals to appropriately budget and manage research awards. 8. Create a career development or research grant application that addresses a clinical/ translational patient-oriented research question of interest to the NIH and/or other appropriate funding agencies.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this series of courses (Grantsmanship I, II, and III) the student will be able to: 1. Develop a grant proposal that addresses a translational and/or clinical research question of interest. 2. Develop a grant proposal that contains all of the critical elements for success in development of an academic clinical and/or translational research career. 3. Identify grant writing pitfalls and successful grant writing techniques. 4. Know strategies to respond effectively to critiques of initially unsuccessful grant applications. 5. Examine the ethical considerations when writing grant proposals. 6. Understand effective post-award grant management techniques.

    C. Major Topics

    Continuation from the Fall course of presentations, readings and writing assignments on the elements of an NIH or other research career development or research grant. The Research Plan was covered in the Fall course. This semester covers application section requirements for (1) Human Subjects; Vertebrate Animals; Inclusion of Women, Children and Underserved Minorities; Front page data; Abstract; Key Personnel; Resources and Environment; Budget and budget issues; Checklist data & Cover letter. The sections on the Candidate are also covered this semester-Background, Career Goals and Objectives, Scientific Biography, Career Development/Training Activities; Responsible Conduct of Research, Statements by Mentor and Environment and Institutional Commitment. "Mock reviews" are carried out on the entire grant application during the last class sessions to give feedback for completing and turning in the final draft application.

    D. Textbooks


    1. William Gerin – “Writing the NIH Grant Proposal: A Step-by-Step Guide”

    2. Otto Yang – “Effective Grant Writing: How to Write a Successful NIH Grant Application”

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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