Abstract ID: 3339

Primary Topic: Faculty development/leadership
Secondary Topic: Research Methodology

Developing Your Research Career: NCCIH Training and Career Development Opportunities
Lanay M Mudd, PhD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, United States; Ashlee Tipton, PhD; Emmeline Edwards, PhD; Wendy Weber, ND, PhD, MPH, NIH, Bethesda, MD, United States; Wen Chen, Ph.D., NCCIH/NIH, Bethesda, MD, United States; Gloria Yeh, MD, MPH; Jeffery A Dusek, PhD; John Denninger, MD/PhD, MS; Peter Wayne, PhD, , Boston, MA, United States

Late Breaker: No


The purposes of this workshop are to provide attendees with an overview of NIH training and career development funding opportunities, tips for successful grant submissions and review, and advice on key aspects of planning a successful research career with NIH funding.


The workshop will provide an overview of NCCIH’s strategic interests in relation to training and career development opportunities by the Director of Extramural Research (Dr. Emmeline Edwards). The NCCIH Training Officer (Dr. Lanay Mudd) will provide an overview of training and career development funding opportunities, and a Scientific Review Officer (Dr. Ashlee Tipton) will describe the review process. A mock study section consisting of some previous NCCIH reviewers (Dr. Gloria Yeh, Dr. Jeffrey Dusek, Dr. John Denninger, Dr. Peter Wayne) will be used to illustrate key strengths and weaknesses commonly discussed when reviewing F and K applications. Breakout sessions specific to basic and mechanistic research or clinical research will discuss how to interact with NCCIH staff to develop your proposal, planning a research career and overcoming roadblocks, and how to find good mentors and collaborators.

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

1) Know NCCIH strategic priorities for clinical research and basic and mechanistic research;

2) Be able to develop a research career plan that links NCCIH funding opportunities to different stages of their career development;

3) Understand and be able to navigate the scientific review process at NIH;

4) Know when and how to interact with NIH staff to develop grant proposals;

5) Be able to identify key characteristics of strong training and career development grant proposals.

Time Frame

10 Min: NCCIH Strategic Priorities (Emmeline Edwards)

40 Min: Overview of NCCIH Training and Career Development Funding Opportunities (Lanay Mudd; 25 min talk, 15 min Q&A)

30 Min: Overview of NIH Grant Submission and Review Process (Ashlee Tipton; 20 min talk, 10 min Q&A)

30 Min: Mock Study Section Review Panel with NCCIH Training Panel Reviewers (Ashlee Tipton, Lanay Mudd, Gloria Yeh, Jeffery Dusek, John Denninder, Peter Wayne; 15 min interactive script; 15 min Q&A)

15 Min: NCCIH Pranch Priorities (Wendy Weber and Wen Chen; 7-8 min each)

55 Min: Breakout Sessions on Navigating Your Research Career (ALL Faculty)

The Breakout Sessions will entale small groups with NCCIH Program Officers, Review Officers and Training Panel Reviewers. Attendees can choose to participate in a small group led by a Clinical Research Branch Program Officer or a small group led by a Basic & Mechanistic Research Branch Program Officer, depending on their own research interests. All small groups will discuss common application mistakes, how to interact with NCCIH Staff to develop a research proposal, creating a timeline for your research career, overcoming common roadblocks, finding good mentors and collaborators, and other topics determined by the attendee questions.


Faculty are listed with specific topic above. 

Emmeline Edwards, Wendy Weber and Wen Chen will focus on NCCIH strategic priorities.

Lanay Mudd will describe NCCIH Training and Career Development Opportunities and discuss the importance of developing a research career plan and how to connect different funding opportunities to different phases of career development.

Ashlee Tipton will describe the grant submission and review process at NCCIH, and lead an interactive mock study section with a group of NCCIH Training Panel Reviewers. This session will highlight common probelms with applications, as well as some key characteristics that help applications stand out.

All faculty will be involved in small group discussions that will cover funding/proposal development and career planning/development topics.

Teaching/Learning Strategies

This workshop is planned to maximize interaction among faculty and attendees. While didactic talks are planned for some topics, the schedule has left time for lots of Q&A within most of those talks, and the presenters will ask questions of the attendees to encourgae participation. The mock study section is planned as an interactive experience where the "reviewers" will pause and ask the attendees to describe the strengths and weaknesses they just heard discussed, and probe the attendees to decide whether anything was a "fatal flaw". Finally alomst 1 hour of the 3 hour workshop is reserved for small group discussion among the faculty and attendees. While the faculty have a "discussion guide" of potential topics, there will also be oppotunrity for attendees to bring up additional topics of interest to them. 

To strengthen learning, attendees will receive handouts of all materials, along with worksheets for hands-on activities during the sessions.


Didactic lectures with Q&A session for the first 80 minutes. (includes a hands-on career timeline activity)

Interactive mock study section for 30 minutes.

Didactic lecture for 15 minutes.

Interactive small groups with hands-on activities for last 55 minutes.

If the program committee feels your presentation would be better suited for a different presentation type, such as a symposium (shorter format during the main meeting), would you be willing to adapt your presentation to fit the new format?


Who is the target audience of the workshop? Are there particular skills or background that are recommended as pre-requests?

The intended audience includes predoctoral and postdoctoral students, and junior faculty who are interested in applying for NIH Funding for a training or career development grant.

Is this workshop proposed by an organization?


If yes, please name

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Organization's website


Has the content (or substantial parts) of this workshop been previously presented or published (note: previous experience presenting the material may be considered a strength as long as continued interest is anticipated)?


Please provide Location of Presentation and/or Publication Information and date of each presentation

NCCIH held a simlar pre-congress workshop at the 2016 ICIMH meeting (led by John Williamson who was the Training Officer at the time). The session was very well received. We have modified the agenda to include information about the review process, the mock study section, and involvement of NCCIH Training Panal reviewers. NCCIH staff have also presented these sessions as part of a Training Workshop held on NIH campus for NCCIH-funded pre- and post-doctoral students in October, 2017.