The University Record, February 21, 2000

Research Reporter

Research opportunities, application deadlines, U-M policies concerning sponsored research, campus research resources and more are available on the Research Web site. Point your browser to Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Division of Research Development and Administration.

Workshop for Graduate Students

DRDA will collaborate with the Rackham Graduate School in a workshop designed primarily for graduate students:

Getting Web Savvy: Searching for Research and Fellowship Funds featuring Julie Feldkamp and Suzanne Tainter from DRDA and Roger Doster, Glenda Haskell and Ethel Thoms from the Graduate School will be held 3:30–5 p.m. March 7 in the Assembly Hall, fourth floor, Rackham Bldg. Light refreshments will be served.

DRDA’s Proposal Writing Workshop Set for March 23

The Proposal Writing Workshop will be an intensive overview of the narrative portion of a proposal from the perspective of the reviewer. Areas covered will include: approaching a sponsor, components of a narrative (including budget), matching the narrative to the sponsor’s priorities and guidelines, writing style and common errors to avoid. Sample proposals will be reviewed, and a question-and-answer session will follow. The workshop will be presented by Chris Kahan Black 8:30 a.m.–noon March 23 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower. To register for this workshop, consult the Research Web site ( The cost of the workshop is $10 for materials. If you have any questions, contact Janet Seegert, 764-7241 or

Winning NIH Grants Workshop

What goes on behind the closed doors of an NIH study group review session? Find out at this workshop sponsored by DRDA and the Medical School. It will cover an overview of NIH funding opportunities, tips on preparing proposal narratives, and includes a panel featuring U-M faculty members who have served on study groups and who will share insight into the review process.

Steve Goldstein, former chair of a study section, will give an overview of the review process (what goes on behind closed doors). Richard Miller will address the “pink sheet” process (interpreting critiques and resubmitting). Jamie Ferrara and George Garcia, who are currently serving on study sections, will share insight into their group’s review dynamics, as well as their recent experiences reviewing the new modular applications.

In addition to this panel discussion, Jim Randolph will present an overview of NIH funding opportunities and will describe what happens to the proposal when it arrives at NIH. Chris Black will review proposal writing tips.

The workshop will be held 8:30 a.m.–noon April 8 in Sheldon Auditorium in the Towsley Center. A light breakfast will be served 8:30–9 a.m. There is no fee. Pre-register by April 1. To register, go to “workshops” on DRDA’s Web site, If you have questions, contact Jim Randolph at