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CCSS Grant Writing Development Program

The CCSS Grant Writing Development Program is an exciting partnership with Cornell Center for Health Equity (CCHEq) and the Cornell Population Center (CPC) intended for social scientists interested in pursuing an NIH grant.

  • Awarded Grants and Fellowships

     

     

    • The NIH Grant Development Program (GWDP) features three components: a four-part workshop series, pilot grants, and a grant development fellowship. The program, launched Spring 2021, has awarded grants and fellowships to program participants. Learn more below about the awardees and their projects.

      Track One Awards: Pilot Research Grants 

      This track is for eligible faculty from the 2021 cohort who will gather data and submit their NIH grant proposal after February 2022.

      Sasha Fahme, Cornell Center for Health Equity Fellow, Weill Cornell Medicine. "Prevalence and predictors of sexually transmitted infections among trauma-exposed Syrian refugee women in Beirut, Lebanon."

      Roger Figueroa, Cornell Center for Health Equity and Cornell Population Center Fellow, Division of Nutritional Sciences. "Establishing a community advisory board (CAB) of child nutrition policymakers, CACFP stakeholders, ECE staff, registered dietitians, and parents of preschoolers to design a multi-level intervention to promote preschoolers' nutrient-dense food consumption in CACFP-participating ECE programs."

      Christopher Gonzalez, Cornell Center for Health Equity Fellow, Weill Cornell Medicine. "Leveraging father-son relationships to optimize weight-management interventions in Hispanic immigrant communities."

      Tashara Leak, Cornell Center for Health Equity and Cornell Population Center Fellow, Division of Nutritional Sciences. "Reducing risk factors for type 2 diabetes among adolescent girls from low-income backgrounds."

      Neil Lewis, Jr., Cornell Center for Health Equity Fellow, Department of Communication. "Improving vaccination equity through identity-based motivation."

      Landon Schnabel, Cornell Population Center Fellow, Department of Sociology. "Inequality, religion, and wellbeing."

      Qi Wang, Cornell Population Center Fellow, Department of Human Development. "Remember COVID-19: Enhancing post-pandemic mental health in diverse populations through the lens of memory."

      Track Two Awards: Grant Development Fellowships

      This track is for 2021 cohort members who will submit their NIH grant proposal on or before February 2022.

      Jerel Ezell, Cornell Center for Health Equity and Cornell Population Center Fellow, Department of Africana Studies. "Exploring and understanding communities within communities: A mixed-methods investigation of rural drug use among Black, Latinx, and Native Americans."

      Tristan Ivory, Cornell Population Center Fellow, Department of International and Comparative Labor. "African futures project (socioeconomic and geographic mobility of Ghanaian, Kenyan, and South African youth)."

      Vida Maralani, Cornell Center for Health Equity and Cornell Population Center Fellow, Department of Sociology. "Child investments and women's employment across the life course."

      Jane Mendle, Cornell Population Center Fellow, Department of Human Development. "Physical and psychological change across the menstrual cycle."

      Mildred Warner, Cornell Center for Health Equity and Cornell Population Center Fellow, Department of City and Regional Planning. "Global development, school-based health centers: An approach to address health disparities among rural youth."

      Andrea Won, Cornell Center for Social Sciences Fellow, Department of Communication. "Mediated social interactions to reduce distress in hospitalized patients."

       

       

    • Track One: Pilot Research Grant 

      This track is for those eligible faculty from the cohort who do not yet have preliminary data and are on a grant submission timeline that is after February 2022.

      Upon completion of the workshop series, cohort members submitted a revised Specific Aims page, a one-page “response to reviewers,” a description of what preliminary data would be needed to enhance the competitiveness of the proposal, and a brief budget. Successful proposals received up to $8,000 for data collection or other research-related costs associated with enhancing the project. Funds may not be used for hardware purchasing or faculty salary.

      Proposals were evaluated by a review panel and program leadership, and scored based on (a) likelihood of success (using scores from the specific aims review and proposed revisions) and (b) center priorities.

      Track Two: Grant Development Fellowship 

      This track is for cohort members who have identified a grant submission timeline that is on or before February 2022 (typical NIH timeline would be October and February).

      Upon completion of the workshop series, cohort members submitted (a) a revised Specific Aims page and a brief, one-page response to reviews from the original submission, (b) PI and team (including a mentor who has agreed to the role), (c) a targeted mechanism and rationale for why the proposal is a good fit for that mechanism/call, (d) timeline for submission of proposal, and (e) budget for proposal.

      Proposals were evaluated by a review panel and program leadership, and scored based on (a) likelihood of success (using scores from the specific aims review and proposed revisions) and (b) center priorities.

      Mentors are selected by the PIs. Participating centers can provide assistance in helping their members identify relevant mentors. The mentor’s job is to (a) engage additional experts as needed to make the project competitive; (b) read and edit drafts of the proposal; and (c) assist with identifying institutional resources to support the proposal.

      Successful proposals received up to $15,000 for up to 1-month of summer salary to use on grant preparation (RA, pilot data, or travel for proposal planning at researcher’s discretion). Please note that summary salary will need to be disclosed on a PI’s current and pending when submitting a proposal to NIH.

      Successful proposals received up to $3,000 for a commitment to mentor applicant through the grant submission process. The mentor may or may not serve as a co-PI.

      Fellows are expected to submit a grant proposal to NIH by February 2022 (a one-grant cycle extension is permitted – from October 2021 proposed to February 2022, for example). Upon submission, fellows receive an additional $2,000 in a discretionary or research account.

      Timeline for NIH Grant Development Fellowship Track

      1. By June 15th – decisions were made on successful applicants, money distributed.
      2. June – each cohort member paired with a grants support specialist.
      3. July/August – cohort member prepares Approach section of the grant.
      4. August/September – mock study section for grants with October deadline.
      5. November/December – mock study section for grants with February deadline.
      6. Spring/Summer 2022 – teams who submit and receive competitive scores, but are not funded, have option to apply to CCSS for additional grant development funds in pursuit of resubmission.

      Cohort members who completed this process, including specific aims - and did not apply for one of the two tracks - received $3,000 in discretionary funds to pursue their research to pilot a new idea.

       

  • Program Overview

    • The 2021 CCSS Grant Writing Development Program focuses on mentoring social science faculty through the process of writing an NIH grant from concept to submission.

      This program is in partnership with Cornell Center for Health Equity (CCHEq) and the Cornell Population Center (CPC).   

      Cornell researchers across colleges and departments have a long record of securing NIH funding, and NIH offers RFPs that fit with many areas of social science including (but not limited to) psychology, sociology, communication, human development, policy, government, demography, and economics. NIH topics of interest extend broadly into the social sciences and include social determinants of health and well-being such as (but not limited to) incarceration, racial discrimination and social justice, along with population science on topics such as climate migration, aging, and mortality differentials.

      Program Goals:

      1. Incentivize and support high-quality NIH (K, R01 or R21) grant submissions from social science faculty across Cornell’s campuses

      2. Directly respond to requests from junior faculty members of several Cornell centers for greater institutional support for their health-related research

      3. Build inter-campus collaborations by leveraging NIH expertise at Weill Cornell Medical College and social science expertise across Cornell’s campuses but particularly in Ithaca.

      Program Structure:

      This program is open to PI-eligible social scientists across Cornell University. 

      The program consisted of a workshop series of 4 hour-long sessions (from February and through early April) in which participants selected for the 2021 NIH Grant Writing Cohort will work toward developing a well-considered Specific Aims page. Faculty selected for the cohort attended each workshop, completed short “homework” assignments for each session, and drafted a Specific Aims page. From there, they were eligible to apply for one of two funding tracks in late spring and summer.

      Track One: Pilot Research Grant 

      This track is for those eligible faculty from the cohort who do not yet have preliminary data and are on a grant submission timeline that is after February 2022.

      Track Two: Grant Development Fellowship 

      Those on this track will be expected to submit an R01, R21 or K application within the next 12 months. Those awarded track two funds received a larger amount of resources to support grant writing and additional resources to support efforts from a mentor.

      Applications for the 2021 NIH Grant Writing Cohort are closed.   

      The workshop series was open to all faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and researchers oriented toward learning about the NIH grants process and developing strategies for crafting a competitive proposal. To view the content of the workshops, visit the "Workshop Series" tab at the top of the page. Please contact Irina Bovt if you have questions or would like access to any of the workshop recordings.

  • Workshop Series

    • NIH Grant Development Workshop Series

      CCSS, in partnership with Cornell Center for Health Equity (CCHEq) and the Cornell Population Center (CPC), hosted four, hour-long workshops open to all Cornell faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and researchers oriented toward learning about the NIH grants process and developing strategies for crafting a competitive proposal. Read more about the topics of the workshop series below:

      NIH 101: Getting Grants in the Social Sciences at Cornell, Feb. 10, 2021

       This workshop was planned to:

      • Provide an overview of NIH opportunities and grant mechanisms
      • Enable attendees to use NIH tools to find funding opportunities and program officers
      • Describe support and resources available to Cornell researchers for NIH grant preparation

      Presented by Carmel Lee 

      Carmel Lee is the Director of Research Development, Cornell University

      Strategic Planning for NIH Grant Submissions, Feb. 24, 2021

      This session addressed four key points related to NIH grant planning:

      • What makes for a good NIH grant idea? 
      • What are the pros and cons of various NIH mechanisms?
      • When and how to build interdisciplinary research teams
      • Time management skills for completing grant components

      Presented by Parfait M. Eloundou-Enyegue & Martin Shapiro

      Parfait M. Eloundou-Enyegue, Professor, Global Development, Cornell University 

      Martin Shapiro, Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell

      Writing NIH Specific Aims for Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mar. 10, 2021

      This session covered four general topics: 

      • Specific aims for social and behavioral science research
      • Process for drafting specific aims, and getting feedback
      • Engaging community partners and collaborators
      • Other tips for writing successful specific aims

      Presented by Erica Phillips and Seth Sanders

      Erica Phillips, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell

      Seth Sanders, Ronald G. Ehrenberg Chair of Labor Economics, Cornell University

      The Grant Review Process at NIH, Mar. 23, 2021

      This session focused on the grant review process at NIH and covered four general themes:

      • An overview of the National Cancer Institute
      • Steps in the NIH Review Process
      • Best practices for Working with Program Officers
      • Strategies for Effective Social Science Grants from an NIH Insider's Perspective

      Presented by Kelly Blake

      Kelly Blake, Program Director at the National Cancer Institute 

      The Grant Review Process at NIH, Apr. 2, 2021

      This session focused on the grant review process at NIH and covered four general themes:

      • An overview of the Population Dynamics Branch
      • Steps in the NIH Review Process
      • Best practices for Working with Program Officers
      • Strategies for Effective Social Science Grants from an NIH Insider's Perspective

      Presented by Rebecca Clark

      Rebecca Clark, Chief of Population Dynamics Branch at the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development 

       

      Contact Irina Bovt if you would like access to any of the workshop recordings.

2021 NIH Grant Writing Cohort

  • Katherine Dickin

    Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

    Katherine Dickin
  • Jerel Ezell

    Africana Studies and Research Center

    Jerel Ezell
  • Sasha Fahme

    Internal Medicine

    Sasha Fahme
  • Roger Figueroa

    Division of Nutritional Sciences

    Roger Figueroa
  • Christopher Gonzalez

    Internal Medicine

    Christopher Gonzalez
  • Tristan Ivory

    International and Comparative Labor

    Tristan Ivory
  • Tashara Leak

    Division of Nutritional Sciences

    Tashara Leak
  • Neil Lewis, Jr.

    Communication

    Neil Lewis, Jr.
  • Vida Maralani

    Sociology

    Vida Maralani
  • Jane Mendle

    Human Development

    Jane Mendle
  • Adriana Reyes

    Policy Analysis and Management

    Adriana Reyes
  • David Scales

    Internal Medicine

    David Scales
  • Landon Schnabel

    Sociology

    Landon Schnabel
  • Andrea Stevenson Won

    Communication

    Andrea Stevenson Won
  • Qi Wang

    Human Development

    Qi Wang
  • Mildred Warner

    City and Regional Planning

    Mildred Warner
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