Virtual Writing Workshop

August 3 – 7, 2020
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Daily

The NIGMS Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) for Early Stage Investigators offers support for basic biomedical researchers looking to establish their research programs. For faculty who are within ten years of receiving their doctoral degree, have never received an NIH research grant, and conduct research in NIGMS’ mission areas (biophysics, biochemistry, computational biology, genetics, cellular/molecular biology, physiology, developmental biology, pharmacology, or general medicine), the MIRA for ESI grant can be an excellent mechanism to establish your extramural funding track record.

We invite you to join us for this virtual workshop that will give you strategies for preparing your MIRA proposal. Each day of the workshop will focus on how your writing can respond to the main review criteria: Significance, Innovation, Environment, Investigator and Approach.

By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to address:
– How to relate basic biomedical research topics to public health significance.
– How to craft an NIH biosketch that expresses your strengths as an investigator.
– Strategies for getting a strong Institutional Letter of Support.
– How to translate your broad research directions into a coherent approach strategy.
– How to navigate and communicate with NIH.

Registration for the Virtual Workshop includes registration for the Navigating NIH special presentation on Friday, August 7th.

Register for the Virtual Writing Workshop (For NC State Faculty)

Navigating NIH

Friday, August 7, 2020
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

As a special capstone to our Virtual Writing Workshop, our final session “Navigating NIH” will be led by a team of NIEHS Programs Officers who will discuss how NIH is organized, walk through some scenarios for contacting Program Officers, and answer your NIH questions.

Presenters include: Dr. Michael Humble, Dr. Cindy Lawler, Dr. Jonathan Hollander and Dr. Anika Dzierlenga

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Open to all, but space is limited by webinar bandwidth. Please register early to save your spot!

Workshop Materials


This Virtual Writing Workshop is brought to you by the Proposal Development Unit of the NC State Research Development Office, in collaboration with the College of Sciences, Wilson College of Textiles, and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. For more information, please contact Molly Puente (ORI/PDU,, Christy Sandy (CALS,, Ann Zhang (COS,, or Meredith Jeffers (WCOT,