About the Preconference

The DCHC preconference on Thursday April 25th will take the form of an all-day workshop, “Grant Writing 101: Boot Camp with NIH.” Breakfast, lunch, and a closing reception will be provided.

Anyone interested in learning more about obtaining federal funding for health communication research is welcome to attend. The day is designed to provide support for all levels. So, whether you’ve already been successful with obtaining funding and want to do more, have submitted unfunded proposals and need to learn how to move forward, or are just beginning and need help learning the ropes, this preconference is for you!

The morning will kick off with a panel of NIH program officers discussing their funding priorities and fielding questions about the funding process.  We will host a panel of program officers representing programs within the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

Next, we will host a panel of seasoned health communication scholars with a wealth of experience gaining federal research funding, who will act as mentors by sharing their experiences and providing advice. After lunch, we will engage in a round of small group sessions with our mentors, followed by a panel discussing the NIH proposal review process. The day will close with a reception, providing the opportunity for more informal networking.

Thursday, April 25, Program

8:00 – 9:00       Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15       Welcome
Commonwealth A-B
Carla L. Fisher, University of Florida

9:15 – 10:45     NIH Program Officers
Commonwealth A-B

Sylvia Chou, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, National Cancer Institute
Aria Crump, Prevention Research Branch, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Elizabeth Ginexi, Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research
Liam O’Fallon, Population Health Branch, National Institute on Environmental Health Sciences
Karen Sirocco, Behavioral and Brain Development Branch, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Derrick C. Tabor, Integrative Biological and Behavioral Sciences, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

10:45 – 12:00     Proposal Writing Tips and Pitfalls
Commonwealth A-B

Carma L. Bylund, University of Florida
Margaret F. Clayton, University of Utah
Xiaoli Nan, University of Maryland
Samantha Paige, University of Florida

Other mentors will comment and will participate in the Q&A

12:00 – 1:15     Lunch
Hyatt Atrium

1:15 – 3:30       Small Group Mentoring
Virginia Suites

David B. Buller, Klein Buendel
Carma L. Bylund, University of Florida
Margaret F. Clayton, University of Utah
Douglas Evans, George Washington University
Kathryn Greene, Rutgers University
Sheila Murphy, University of Southern California
Xiaoli Nan, University of Maryland
Samantha Paige, University of Florida

3:30 – 3:45   Break

3:45 – 5:00   Review Panels and Study Sessions
Commonwealth A-B

David B. Buller, Klein Buendel
W. Douglas Evans, George Washington University
Kathryn Greene, Rutgers University
Sheila Murphy, University of Southern California

Other mentors will comment and will participate in the Q&A

5:00 – 7:00   No-Host Reception
Hyatt Atrium