Date: Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: UNLV Campus


  • Recruiti Principal Investigators (PIs) or Research Faculty from the Mountain West CTR-IN affiliated Universities who are planning to write grants on clinical trials or wrote grants that are not yet funded Participants are expected to
    register and provide their “Specific Aims” document in “pdf” format by Friday Dec 15, 5:00PM, PST;
    Note: If your application consists of multiple documents, they need to be combined into one and then uploaded. Please click the link here: GWW Registration to complete the sign up.
  • Inform the PIs on the NIH updates on the Clinical Trials procedures and grant applications
  • Train the PIs on the nuisances of writing a clinical trial grant including major pitfalls


  • Dr. Parvesh Kumar
    Professor & Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology Vice Dean for Research Principal Investigator, Mountain West CTR-IN Program
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Dr. Francisco S. Sy
    Professor and Chair, Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Health
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Dr. Mark R. Burge
    Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism Deputy Director of Clinical and Translational Science Center
    University of New Mexico
  • Dr. Guogen Shan
    Associate Professor of Biostatistics, designated MW-CTR-IN Biostatistician
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Dr. Cristiana Iosef
    (Chair, Grant Writing Workshop) Research Associate Professor of Pharmacology Associate Director of the Professional Development Core at MW-CTR-IN
    University of Nevada, Reno



I. INTRODUCTION (Chair, Dr. C. Iosef) 9:00 am – 9:15 am

  • Brief Introductions and Objectives of Grant Writing Workshop
  • Single IRB Policy for Multi-Site Research Projects
  • Funding Opportunities

II. Overview of “Clinical Trial” Grants and Major Pitfalls (Dr. P. Kumar) 9:15 am – 10:15 am

  • Discussion on Phases of Clinical Trials
  • The “Do’s and Don’ts” of Writing “Clinical Trial” Grants
  • The Major Pitfalls

III. Statistical Considerations for Clinical Trial Design and Methodologies 10:15 am – 10:45 am (Dr G. Shan)

BREAK 10:45 am – 11:00 am

IV. Overview of the NIH Scoring Process (Dr. F. Sy) 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • The Evolving NIH application: New Elements, New Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information Form

LUNCH 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

a. Specific Aims, Significance, Research Strategy, and Approach 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm (Dr. M. Burge)

  • Tips on “Specific AIMS Page” (what things are particularly important to this type of grant)
  • Workshopping “The Aims Page” Participants are expected to present (5 min) the “SPECIFIC AIMS” page of their own grants and get feedback from our team in an interactive and productive discussion.
  • Self-evaluation: Identify strengths and weaknesses in the Specific Aims Pages (quick discussions/questions)
  • Significance
  • Self-evaluation: Identify strengths and weaknesses in the “Significance” section (quick discussions/questions)
  • Rationales
  • Design
  • Self-evaluation: Identify strengths and weaknesses in the “Approach” section (quick discussions/questions)

BREAK 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

b. Principal Investigator and Environment (Dr. C Iosef) 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Tips on writing a biosketch
  • Self-evaluation: Identify strengths and weaknesses in the bio-sketch (quick discussions/questions)
  • Tips on how to describe the environment
  • Self-evaluation of the Environment (quick discussions/questions)


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