Principal Investigators Association

NIH Forms D Changes: Challenges and Opportunities

Master NIH Forms-D Requirements:

Prove the Quality of Your Work, Impress Reviewers

60-Minute Webinar Presented by Dr. Dorothy Lewis
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With every change comes a new opportunity. Now that FORMS-D are in effect, your funding chances rely heavily on your ability to meet reviewers’ expectations. Get these changes right and your research will be more likely to get funded. Miss an important requirement, and your work could be compromised for a year…or even longer.

The changes required in Forms-D include an emphasis on strength of premise, rigor and reproducibility, and on sex as a variable in relevant studies. All three of these items are to be considered by reviewers as part of the score of the application. A fourth change has also been made in Forms-D that is NOT part of the Research strategy document, but rather is a separately uploaded document called Authentication of Key Biological and Chemical Resources.

NIH is trying to improve the quality of science and it is expected that these new mandates will help reviewers decide what is the best quality science. But, you don’t have to go through these changes alone…

Your expert presenter Dorothy Lewis, PhD, will cover the reasons why NIH has made changes in the requirement for grant submissions as well as the level of detail you need to include (and where to put each of these) in the proposal for maximum recognition. Dr. Lewis will also include examples which show why many highly cited studies do not prove to be reproducible. In addition, there are examples where results true for men, are not true for women; which is of utmost concern.

5 Key Take-Aways:

  • The NIH’s purpose for changing the application.
  • The level of detail needed and where to place it in your proposal.
  • The importance of rigor and reproducibility and how to show reviewers that your application meets high standards.
  • The importance of using sex as a variable to achieve meaningful results.
  • How to put together an authentication document for each proposal.

 Who Should Attend:

  • Investigators or their surrogates who are uncertain of what information to add to meet the specifications of Forms-D, including the level of detail required.

Dr. Dorothy Lewis, Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center has a 30-year history of writing grant applications, including experience with recent changes made by NIH.  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 just retired as a member of the Training and Workforce Diversity Study Section C, called TWD-C (2012-2016) and was former chair of the AIDS Immunology and Pathogenesis study section (2009-2011).  She helps to teach grant writing at the graduate student level at Univ of Texas and at Baylor College of Medicine and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer on many applications.


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