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Targeting and Developing Your Clinical Research Proposal

May 4, 2018

Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H

Branch Chief

Clinical Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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If you’re planning to apply for an NCCIH grant for research involving human participants and will be attending the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (ICIMH), this Pre-Congress Workshop may be for you: “Honing Your Clinical Research Proposal for NIH and NCCIH Funding Opportunities.” It’s scheduled for Tuesday, May 8 from 2 to 5 p.m.

The symposium will cover NCCIH’s human subjects research priorities, available funding opportunities available, and review the significant recent changes to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) clinical trial policies, application forms, and review criteria. (Blog posts about those changes were published in May and September, 2017.)

Speakers will include:

  • Dr. Emmeline Edwards, Director of NCCIH’s Division of Extramural Research (DER), will provide an overview of NCCIH’s strategic priorities for human subjects research.
  • Dr. Wendy Weber, Acting Deputy Director of NCCIH and Chief of the Clinical Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch in the Center’s Division of Extramural Research (DER) will speak on NIH’s recent policy changes for clinical trials.
  • Dr. Dave Clark, a program director in NCCIH’s Clinical Research Branch, will talk about NCCIH research funding opportunities focused on clinical outcomes.
  • Dr. Wen Chen, NCCIH’s Acting Branch Chief for Basic and Mechanistic Research, will talk about NCCIH’s mechanism-focused clinical research funding opportunities.
  • Dr. Martina Schmidt, Chief of NCCIH’s Office of Scientific Review, will explain the changes in NIH’s grant application forms and how they affect the review process.

After the presentations, participants will split into small groups for discussion and Q&A on how to interact with NCCIH staff to find the best funding opportunity for the research you want to conduct, how to shape your aims to be responsive to NCCIH funding opportunities, and what to include in your application to address the review criteria. Small group themes will be (1) clinical outcomes research and (2) human basic and mechanistic research.

We hope you will join us! We think you’ll find this session very informative, and the panelists look forward to answering your questions.

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