GMS 6096: Introduction to NIH Grant Writing for Biomedical Sciences 2017

Spring 2017 (1 Credit)

Director: Diego E. Rincon-Limas, Ph.D.

Phone: 352-273-9689

Course Description

This 14-week course will cover introductory topics related to preparing and submitting an NIH grant application. The format will be a one-hour session (lecture + question / answer) once a week for 14 weeks by a variety of accomplished NIH-funded researchers. The course will be geared towards biomedical sciences. The target audience for this course is graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty considering their first NIH grant submission. There are no previous requisites, since this will be the introductory course for grant writing. The course covers a span of topics, from planning stages and discussion of each required section (specific aims, biosketch, budget, etc.), to finishing and reviewing the application. The 14-week will also provide time to cover each topic in detail, including relevant types of awards, the NIH scoring system and strategies for success. The purpose of this course is to provide novice grant applicants with 1) a solid understanding of the grant preparation and submission process, and 2) the confidence to undertake their first NIH grant.

Textbook (Not required but a very useful reference)

Russell SW, Morrison DC.  2010.  The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook – National Institutes of Health. (Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, LLC, PO Box 957, Los Olivos, CA 93441-0957; available at: $75

Lecture Schedule:

McKnight Brain Institute, LG-110A

Wednesday 2-3 PM (except Tue 1/17, 2/14, 3/14)

Lecture Topics:


January 4, 2017

Getting started: NIH structure and grant opportunities

Diego E. Rincon-Limas, Dept Neurology


January 11, 2017      

Proposal preparation: How to put all the pieces together – on time!

Diego E. Rincon-Limas, Dept Neurology


January 17, 2017 (Tuesday)

K awards: Is a “career award” right for you?

Harry S. Nick, Dept. Neuroscience


January 25, 2017      

Overview of NIH Postdoctoral Awards (F32)

Diego E. Rincon-Limas, Dept Neurology


February 1, 2017      

R03 and R21 grants: When are they appropriate?

Diego E. Rincon-Limas, Dept Neurology


February 8, 2017      

NIH forms: Bio Sketches. Facilities and Equipment, Letters of support and more…

Diego E. Rincon-Limas, Dept Neurology


February 14, 2017 (Tuesday)          

Strategies for Success

Thomas A. Pearson, Executive Vice President for Research & Education, Professor of Epidemiology& Medicine (pending)


February 22, 2017    

Specific Aims

Diego E. Rincon-Limas, Dept Neurology


March 1, 2017           

Significance and Innovation

Yehia Daaka, Chair, Dept. Anatomy and Cell Biology


March 14, 2017 (Tuesday)   

Research involving Human Subjects, Vertebrate Animals and Biohazardous materials

Diego E. Rincon-Limas, Dept Neurology


March 22, 2017         

Review Resources to complete your project: Budget, Justification, and Consortium

Diego E. Rincon-Limas, Dept Neurology


March 29, 2017

The NIH scoring system and funding decisions

Barry Ache, Distinguished Professor and Director Center for Smell and Taste


April 5, 2017  

Response to Peer Review and resubmission strategies

Habibeh Khoshbouei, Dept. Neuroscience


Apr 12, 2017  

Abstract, Narrative, Pre-Submission Review and Concluding Remarks

Diego E. Rincon-Limas, Dept Neurology



Class participation, including questions and comments, will contribute 20% to the final grade.

Students taking the course for credit will have to complete the Specific Aims, Biosketch, and Budget/Budget Justification portions of a real or hypothetical grant.

Class Participation:  20%

Completed Grant materials: 80%

The grade scale for the course is as follows:

>90% = A, 86.7%-89.9% = A-, 83.3%-86.6%=B+, 80%-83.2%=B, 76.7%-79.9% = B-, 73.3%-76.6%=C+, 70%-73.2%=C, 66.7%-69.9% = C-, 63.3%-66.6%=D+, 60%-63.2%=D, 56.7%-59.9% = D-, 53.3%-56.6%=E+, 50% or less = E.

Grade Points for determining GPA will be calculated as follows, according to university policy:

A minimum C will be required to pass the course

Passing Grade A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- S
Grade Points 4.0 3.67 3.33 3.0 2.67 2.33 2.0 1.67 1.33 1.0 .67 0

Attendance and Make-Up Policies:

Students are expected to attend and participate in all class sessions. Personal issues with respect to class attendance or fulfillment of course requirements will be handled on an individual basis. Absences due to illness, professional travel, etc. will be excused per UF policy.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:

To request classroom accommodation because of a disability, students must first register with the Dean of Students Office ( The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to you, which you then give to the instructor when requesting accommodation. The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to assist students in their coursework.