Principal Investigators Association

An Investigators Guide to NIH Funding

Through this series you will learn the ins and outs of the NIH funding process, best
practices to help you succeed where others have failed, insider strategies to
maximize NIH funding opportunities and surefire tactics to help you identify
additional funding sources many fail to exploit. Leave those rookie mistakes aside
and achieve winning results!

Inside this Webinar Series you will receive 2 must-have webinars presented by
an award-winning speaker. Each Webinar is 60 minutes long.

Order online below, call 800-303-0129 ext. 506 or fax or mail your order in.

Webinar #1

Part 1: Deciphering NIH Funding for Beginners

On-Demand Webinar Available in CD-Rom, MP4 and PDF Transcript.
All formats include the presentation handouts.

You have decided to embark on a research career. Congratulations. Now you need to figure out what you should do first…and second…and third. You may be able to find a lot of great information online, so much in fact that it can get confusing to sort through it all. But what are the things you really should be focusing your time and effort on? What are the most important factors to consider as you embark on this life-altering (and rewarding) journey?

Consider this: writing a grant is one thing; there is a lot of available how-to information to help you there too, yet creating a new grant strategy to support your research is a totally different matter. This is where knowledge of the agency (NIH) and targeted funding opportunities can help you shape that strategy.

During Part 1 of this 2-Part Webinar series, you will navigate the NIH Institutes,
understand what a Principal Investigator is and how the agency works. This includes understanding the NIH’s do’s and don’ts, identifying funding opportunities that include new, training and career awards, best practices when dealing with the sponsored research office at your institution, and much more!

Important: this Webinar series has been designed for post docs, senior graduate students and others who have never been principal investigators before.

Who should attend this webinar?

People who are making the transition from postdoc to research investigator, early stage investigators seeking to shape a grant’s strategy, members of research teams including advanced graduate students seeking a deeper knowledge of grants, funding agencies and research careers. This is designed for applicants who have not successfully competed as a PI on a major NIH grant.

Limited-Time Offer Until Nov. 13th!

Purchase part 1 for $129 Purchase Part 1 & 2 at once for extra savings!
5 Key take-Aways:

  • How to create
    a research strategy that uses grants as
    a support mechanism
  • A comprehensive list of free and accessible resources
    for new investigators
  • What you need to know and be able to do as
    a Principal Investigator for the first time
  • How to qualify for new and early-stage investigator status
  • An awareness
    of how funding decisions are made




Webinar #2



Part 2: Breaking Into NIH Funding and Beyond—A How-to Guide for New and Early Career Investigators

60-Minute Live Webinar on Wed., Nov. 14th at 2:00 PM EST.
Also available in CD, MP4 and PDF Transcript.

The NIH defines a New Investigator as “one who has not previously
competed successfully as PI for a substantial NIH independent research award.” The NIH defines an Early Stage Investigator as “a New Investigator who has completed his or her terminal research degree or medical residency—whichever date is later—within the past 10 years and has not yet been awarded a substantial, competing NIH research grant.” Early stage investigators are an important subset of new investigators.

If you have completed your education within the last 10 years and wish to break into NIH funding in a significant way, here’s your chance. There are various NIH awards, including some lesser known types such as Pioneer Awards, Transformative Research Projects Awards and New Innovator Awards, which can help get your career started on the right foot. But given the highly competitive funding environment, what are the best options for you?

During this information-packed Webinar, your expert presenter will detail how to create a grant strategy to support your early stage research; identify New and Early Career funding options including R01s, training and career awards; guide you through establishing a relationship with a program officer to target opportunities and much more!

Important: this Webinar was preceded separately by Part 1, which described the most important factors to consider for those embarking on a research career. That Webinar is designed for post docs, senior graduate students and others who have never been principal investigators before. This specific Webinar, Part 2, focuses on New and Early Stage Investigators.

Who should attend this webinar?

New and Early Stage investigators seeking to shape a grants strategy and identify opportunities for funding. New investigators who wish a deeper understanding of the NIH and its funding mechanisms.

Bonus! Register for the Live webinar and receive a *FREE recording of the same in your preferred format: CD, MP4 or PDF Transcript.

*Live attendance is NOT required to receive your Free recording.

Limited-Time Offer Until Nov. 13th!

Purchase part 2 for $129 Purchase Part 1 & 2 at once for extra savings!
5 Key take-Aways:

  • Inside scoop
    on Pioneer Awards, Transformative Research Project
    Awards and New Innovator Awards,
    among others
  • Increasing funding probability through classification as an Early Stage investigator
  • Sources of guidance for investigators early in their careers
  • Targeting institutes and initiatives that may have a statistically better funding rate
  • What reviewers evaluate for, the scoring system and the decision matrix




Meet Your Expert Presenter:

Michael Lesiecki, PhD, is the principal investigator for a large grant from the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program. He has 27 peer-reviewed journal publications and one patent. He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Oregon State University. He was a Research Professor at the University of Utah and an Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico. At Exxon Research and Engineering, Dr. Lesiecki worked as a Senior Scientist and at Candela Laser Corporation he was the Director of the Bioscience Division. He authored successful NIH Small Business Innovation Research proposals at Candela. Dr. Lesiecki currently serves on proposal review committees for the NSF, Department of Education and Department of Labor.


This Webinar presentation is brought to you as a training tool by the Principal Investigators Association, which is an independent organization. The presentation, tools presented and their contents are not connected with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), nor are they endorsed by this agency. All views expressed are those personally held by the presenter and are not official government policies or opinions.

Registration Includes:

  • Access for one phone line and one *log-in link (unlimited listeners allowed in the same viewing room)
  • Additional log-in links and phone lines for attendees within the same institution for only $75 per line
  • Expert answers to your tough questions
  • Complimentary attendee package, including the speaker’s complete presentation handouts
  • Live Q&A session (you may also e-mail your questions in advance)
  • No Risk! 100% satisfaction guaranteed

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