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New NIH Biosketch Format: Keys to Writing a Compelling Scientific Narrative

New NIH Biosketch Format: Keys to Writing a Compelling Scientific Narrative

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Revised NIH Biosketches Writing a convincing narrative of your scientific career is easier said than done. The most challenging areas for researchers include not knowing what to include, what to leave out, and how to best indicate the influence your work has had, among others.
During this information-packed webinar, your expert presenter will cover the changes made to the biosketch which involve telling your scientific story. Such a story should feature your major accomplishments as they lead to the current grant you are requesting. 
This Webinar will also cover which accomplishments to include and what not to mention. How to highlight your most important work without sounding self-serving and the basic components of a solid narrative that will grab the attention of the reviewers and put them in your corner for the review. Early investigators are likely not to have a long track record for the narrative, therefore, your presenter will cover career-stage specific aspects of the narrative that tell your story in a unique way and highlight why you are the person to get the grant and do the job.

5 Key Take-Aways:

  • Methods for writing a compelling scientific narrative.
  • Style and substance points based on
    career stage.
  • The new page limits and how to effectively
    use the space.
  • How to pick your most influential papers
    to indicate your impact on the field.
  • How to put your best foot forward while remaining humble.

Who Should Attend:

  • Those interested in writing a compelling scientific narrative to drive the interest of the reviewers, and those who want to achieve the right tone for such a narrative.

Dorothy Lewis-new

Dr. Dorothy Lewis, Professor, Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center has an almost 30-year history of writing grant applications, including vast experience with recent changes. Her successful track record for winning grants has given her a valuable “in the trenches” perspective that can benefit you, at whichever stage you find yourself. She received her PhD in Microbiology in 1978 from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She then pursued an NIH-supported postdoctoral fellowship at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque. In 1985, she published her first paper related to T-cell subset changes in HIV patients and acquired her own independent NIH funding. She has maintained continuous NIH funding since 1985, experiencing both times of multiple grants and times of reduced funding. She is a member of the Training and Workforce Diversity Study Section C, called TWD-C (2012-2016) and former chair of the AIDS Immunology and Pathogenesis study section (2009-2011).   She teaches grant writing to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and young investigators, serves as Chair of the mentoring program for the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and is a grant reviewer for Bioscience Writers.

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