NRMN GUMSHOE is a 6-month program offered up to two times per year. Each cycle focuses on one of the following diverse populations: American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, Latinos/Hispanics, African Americans/Blacks, and other disadvantaged populations as time and resources permit. 

GUMSHOE includes the following components: 

  • ​Preparatory work including completion of an online writing/medical writing class, exercises on how to write specific aims, drafting and revising a specific aims page, viewing videos on the review process for National Institutes of Health proposals, and other homework 
  • An intensive grant writing workshop consisting of highly interactive didactic sessions, group discussions, and critiques of the participants’ work assignments 
  • A “flipped classroom” approach in which tasks and lectures are completed outside of the classroom prior to and after the in-person workshop A mock NIH-style review of participants’ proposals 
  • Assignment to a senior GUMSHOE mentor 
  • Meetings with professional coaches online and by phone for 6 months after the workshop 
  • A review of each participant’s proposal by an NIH program officer prior to submission 
  • A final review of each participant’s proposal by a GUMSHOE mentor prior to submission

Workshop curriculum

Orientation to Scientific Review

  • The current state of NIH
  • Overview of the NIH extramural mechanisms of funding (R and K series)
  • Reading and interpreting Requests for Proposals (RFAs) and Program Announcements (PAs)

Anatomy of a Grant: Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

  • Characteristics, content, and function of the various components of the proposal: the Specific Aims and the Research Strategy and its subsections (Significance, Innovation, Approach, Timeline)
  • How to write for reviewers

Specific Aims and Hypotheses:

  • Writing a Concise and Captivating First Page
  • How, when, and where do I start?

“Peer Review Revealed” videos and discussion

  • What actually happens in the Peer Review Committee
  • What happens after the Peer Review Committee

Parsing Summary Statements: The Inevitable Resubmission

  • The review sheet
  • How to interpret negative reviews
  • What should I do if my score just misses the funding cut-off? If it is triaged?
  • Should I talk to my program officer about the review? What sort of questions should I ask?

Mock Review Panel

  • Participants will receive the Specific Aims of these grants to read before the workshop.
  • A panel of experienced faculty will serve as reviewers

Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health

Colorado School of Public Health

CU Anschutz

Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building

13055 East 17th Avenue

Mail Stop F800

Aurora, CO 80045

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