Junior faculty members seeking to refine their skills in developing research proposals should turn their attention to the New Investigator Development Program (NIDP) and the upcoming Grants 101 and 102 workshops.

Grants 101 consists of two half-day sessions Jan. 8 and 9 at the Cooley Center (7440 Cambridge St.). The course offers an overview of the grants process and focuses on the information needed to submit a grant through UTHealth, how that grant is processed, and how funding agencies review the proposal. The sessions are open to all but are primarily geared toward junior investigators and administrative support staff who assist faculty members with grant preparation and submission.

Participants will gain an understanding of both animal and human subjects research, research conflicts of interest, statistical services, and other aspects of grants and contracts.

Grants 102 is an in-depth, six month follow-up in which junior faculty members develop a grant application that is peer reviewed and ready to submit to an external agency upon completion of the program. Sessions are held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in MSB G100. Session 1, titled “Idea to Proposal,” begins Feb. 14. Postdoctoral fellows, residents, other research personnel, and administrative staff are not eligible to attend.

Participants in Grants 102 must be at instructor level or above, must have completed Grants 101, and must submit an application packet. The packet should include a cover letter focusing on the applicant’s career goals, grant proposal history to date, the funding agency where the applicant plans to submit the grant developed during the program, and the level of anticipated application. A one-page research abstract also should be included, along with a lay abstract written for an educated lay audience, a current curriculum vita, and a letter of support from the applicant’s department chair or division director. Within one month of the program’s start, participants also will be required to identify a senior faculty mentor to guide the preparation of their research proposals.

The NIDP is led by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic & Research Affairs. For more information and to register, visit the program’s website.