Seminars & Workshops
Developing Your Specific Aims: A Writing Workshop for Researchers

Planning to submit a scientific research grant proposal in early 2018? Need useful feedback on your research objectives?

Tufts CTSI invites 10-15 motivated faculty with developed research project ideas to sign up for Developing Your Specific Aims: a Writing Workshop Series for Researchers. This popular four-session grant writing course is designed to help you develop the critically important Specific Aims section of NIH-style grant proposals through peer and expert support.

The workshops will be facilitated by Susan Lewis, Assistant Director of Tufts University’s Office of Research Development (ORD), and Anna Dalby, Research Development Specialist, Tufts ORD. They will guide you through the nuts and bolts of grantsmanship and peer review and provide feedback to help you develop your Specific Aims. You will receive feedback and revise your Specific Aims page three times during the program.

By the end of the series, you will be able to:

  • Describe the NIH-style grant submission process
  • Explain the importance of aligning the Specific Aims page with the funding agency’s mission and priorities and adapting for reviewers’ areas of expertise.
  • Apply strategies for clear and concise grant writing
  • Practice constructive and effective peer review

Program Agenda

Please note that the final session is 3 hours long and begins at 9AM.

  • Session 1 (October 4, 9:30AM – 11:00AM): Overview of Page One and Funding Agencies
  • Session 2 (October 11, 9:30AM – 11:00AM): Peer Review, Round 1
  • Session 3 (October 18, 9:30AM – 11:00AM): Clarity, Concision, and Coherence in Writing
  • Session 4 (October 25, 9:00AM – 12:00PM): Peer Review, Round 2, Next Steps

Location

To Be Announced

Registration

Register here by September 29.

Participants must attend all four sessions and must be able to submit a draft of their Specific Aims by September 29.

Please Note

The timeline of this program may best serve faculty members targeting a proposal submission in early 2018; however, anyone currently writing aims for NIH or a similar grant is welcome.

Registration is first come, first served, and open to all members of Tufts CTSI partner institutions. Once the course is full, additional registrants will be put on a waitlist. We will confirm your enrollment as soon we finalize the registration list.

Still formulating a research concept? Need some advice? Submit a service request.

Drop-In Sessions
Research Help Drop-in Session

Drop-in Sessions, sponsored by the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Center, are intended to help Tufts Medical Center/Tufts University researchers resolve questions about study design, statistics, and statistical software including Statistical Analysis System (SAS).

BERD Center Drop-In Sessions are free and staffed by Tufts CTSI epidemiologists and biostatisticians. They can help you tackle clinical research questions, such as:

  • Have I chosen the most efficient and valid study design to investigate this hypothesis?
  • How many people will I need in my study?
  • Which statistical test is appropriate?
  • Could loss of participants be a problem in my study, and how should I handle their missing data?
  • How can I best respond to an IRB stipulation/inquiry?

Research Process Improvement assistance is also available at Drop-in Sessions.

Drop-in Sessions take place every Wednesday from 8:00 – 9:00am at 35 Kneeland Street, 10th Floor Conference Room, Boston.

Conferences & Symposia
CTSA Shared Mentoring Symposium

This free, half-day symposium is geared towards fellows and junior faculty who are in the early stages of their careers and are interested in exploring mentorship and career development. The event will feature two panel sessions: one on career development strategies and a second on career opportunities in clinical and translational research. In addition to the panel sessions, participants will individually meet with senior faculty members from local CTSA institutions to discuss personal scenarios on career development.

This is an excellent opportunity to network with peers from local CTSA institutions and receive career development advice.

This event is hosted by Harvard Catalyst and co-sponsored by Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

For more information, click here.

To register to attend, click here.

Drop-In Sessions
Research Help Drop-in Session

Drop-in Sessions, sponsored by the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Center, are intended to help Tufts Medical Center/Tufts University researchers resolve questions about study design, statistics, and statistical software including Statistical Analysis System (SAS).

BERD Center Drop-In Sessions are free and staffed by Tufts CTSI epidemiologists and biostatisticians. They can help you tackle clinical research questions, such as:

  • Have I chosen the most efficient and valid study design to investigate this hypothesis?
  • How many people will I need in my study?
  • Which statistical test is appropriate?
  • Could loss of participants be a problem in my study, and how should I handle their missing data?
  • How can I best respond to an IRB stipulation/inquiry?

Research Process Improvement assistance is also available at Drop-in Sessions.

Drop-in Sessions take place every Wednesday from 8:00 – 9:00am at 35 Kneeland Street, 10th Floor Conference Room, Boston.

Drop-In Sessions
Research Help Drop-in Session

Drop-in Sessions, sponsored by the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Center, are intended to help Tufts Medical Center/Tufts University researchers resolve questions about study design, statistics, and statistical software including Statistical Analysis System (SAS).

BERD Center Drop-In Sessions are free and staffed by Tufts CTSI epidemiologists and biostatisticians. They can help you tackle clinical research questions, such as:

  • Have I chosen the most efficient and valid study design to investigate this hypothesis?
  • How many people will I need in my study?
  • Which statistical test is appropriate?
  • Could loss of participants be a problem in my study, and how should I handle their missing data?
  • How can I best respond to an IRB stipulation/inquiry?

Research Process Improvement assistance is also available at Drop-in Sessions.

Drop-in Sessions take place every Wednesday from 8:00 – 9:00am at 35 Kneeland Street, 10th Floor Conference Room, Boston.

Drop-In Sessions
Research Help Drop-in Session

Drop-in Sessions, sponsored by the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Center, are intended to help Tufts Medical Center/Tufts University researchers resolve questions about study design, statistics, and statistical software including Statistical Analysis System (SAS).

BERD Center Drop-In Sessions are free and staffed by Tufts CTSI epidemiologists and biostatisticians. They can help you tackle clinical research questions, such as:

  • Have I chosen the most efficient and valid study design to investigate this hypothesis?
  • How many people will I need in my study?
  • Which statistical test is appropriate?
  • Could loss of participants be a problem in my study, and how should I handle their missing data?
  • How can I best respond to an IRB stipulation/inquiry?

Research Process Improvement assistance is also available at Drop-in Sessions.

Drop-in Sessions take place every Wednesday from 8:00 – 9:00am at 35 Kneeland Street, 10th Floor Conference Room, Boston.