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Master the P & U Series


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Read What Grantees Are Saying

“A faculty member mentioned that she and two other PI’s are watching the P seminars as a cohort and using them as platforms for their draft development. This same PI said that it was challenging to hire Meg at [her prior medical school] and she was looking forward to using our relationship to help their P.”
– Faye Farmer, Executive Director of Research Development, Arizona State University

Course Details

For those preparing to write an NIH P- or U-series submission, and the people who advise them.
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CME Learning Objectives:

At the end of the 3 hours 53 minutes of coursework, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the optimal type of funding mechanism for your circumstances
  2. Prepare for the submission and employ winning strategies to lay the crucial groundwork
  3. Write a strong submission using tips shared from deep experience with these funding mechanisms
  4. Acquire key information about what makes a strong NIH multiproject submission, and apply that information to develop better NIH grantsmanship at the P and U level.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and Meg Bouvier Medical Writing, LLC. The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Part I. Preparing to Write a Center Grant Application (P Series)
We will begin by discussing the Program Project grant applications — what they are, how they differ from the R series, and the different types of P mechanisms for different circumstances. We will focus on how to plan and strategize to write a center grant application, including how to heavily involve program staff. We will review the types of seed funding needed and from where, and what elements of the research to have in place before application.

Part II. Writing a Center Grant Application (P Series)
We examine the application writing for a Program Project grant application (P series, or Center grant), which is far more complex than in the R series. We analyze each section and what to include beyond what is dictated in the instructions and scoring criteria. Program staff have precious little funding for expensive center grants; Your application must be utterly compelling and persuasive.

Part III. Preparing to Write for a Cooperative Agreement (U series)
We will explore the unique features of the cooperative agreements (U series) – what they are, how they differ from the R and P series, and what to consider when deciding between a center grant and a cooperative agreement. We will investigate the ways in which preparation for a U submission is similar to and different from a P.

Part IV. Writing for a Cooperative Agreement (U series)
We will study the distinct way one must write for a U, ascertaining whether the cooperative agreement is multiproject or not, and part of a network or not. We will evaluate strategies to apply to be part of a cooperative network, where your hub will not be a stand-alone research entity but rather will exist as part of a network of researchers. When selecting the members of a cooperative network, program officers and reviewers must understand that your team would make a unique and necessary contribution to the network.

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