Research Applications for Federal Funding: An Interactive Workshop

Cleveland State University's Office of Research arranged summer workshops, provided by Antonio Scarpa, renowned scientist and former Director of the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR), which were designed to help faculty enhance proposals directed to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), or other agencies. The summer workshops were very well received; the feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive. Consequently, based on the success of summer workshops, the Office of Research has decided to continue to support this workshop, and is pleased to announce that Dr. Scarpa has agreed to provide additional opportunities to attend this workshop during the academic year.

The workshop offering dates will be in response to faculty needs. Therefore, for logistical and planning purposes, if you are interested in attending this workshop, please contact Joy Yard in the Office of Research at or 216-687-9364, and let Joy know the best times for the workshop to be scheduled.


Federal Laws and Process

  • Fundamental Facts and Constraints
    • Appropriation
    • Departments
    • Federal Advisory Committees
    • Posting and Advertising
    • The View of Congress
  • Difference in Budget, Appropriation, Review and Funding between NIH, NSF, DOD
  • NIH Institutes and Centers
  • Scientific Review Officers and Program Officers
  • NIH review Structure: CSR, Institutes, IRGs and SRGs
  • Ownership of Peer Review
  • Program Announcements and Request for Applications (RFA)
  • RFA, R01, R21, R15, etc
  • Special Emphasis Panels (SEPs)
  • 3 Main Platforms for Review
  • Scoring and Percentiling
  • Institutes and Advisory Committees (Councils)

Writing a Grant Application

  • When to Apply
  • Selecting a “Mechanism” R01, R29, RFA, etc
  • Selecting the Institute and Study Section
  • Ensuring Review by the Appropriate Study Section or SEP
  • Addressing requests
  • Successful Writing
  • Impact and Significance
  • Common Errors and Weaknesses
  • Advice during Writing and before Submitting
  • Deadlines and Waivers

The Review

After the Review

  • The Panel
  • Face to Face, Telepresence, Internet Assisted Review
  • Preliminary Scores
  • Posting Critiques and Scores
  • Contacts, Appeals and Resubmission
  • The Revised Application
  • Request for Different Institutes or Study Sections

Q & A and Individual Situations