Grant Writing Workshop: The study section black box: A look inside the grant review process

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
6 8 p.m.

*This program is organized by members of SITC’s Early Career Scientist Committee.

Program Purpose

This two-hour program features two sessions. The first session will open with an overview of the grant submission process, briefly outlining funding opportunities and how to navigate those. Session one will also address critical points of government and private sector grant submissions. The second session will consist of a “mini-study section,” allowing attendees to experience how a study section evaluates a grant proposal, which will help attendees identify points that determine the success or failure of a grant proposal and help them optimize the process of grant re-submission.

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this educational program includes graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior to mid-level faculty, which encompasses instructors and assistant professors who wish to solidify their understanding of grant writing.

Grant Writing Organizers

  • David Aggen, MD, PhD   Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Ana Carrizosa Anderson, PhD Harvard Medical School
  • Lorenzo Falchi, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Saman Maleki, PhD Western University
  • Claire Vanpouille-Box, PhD Weill Cornell Medical College

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this meeting, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate funding opportunities
  • Identify critical strengths and fatal flaws of a grant proposal
  • Optimize the process of grant re-submission

SITC's Grant Writing Workshop is supported by a grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

Program Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

Session I: Overview of Grant Writing

Time:                                  6:00 – 6:45 p.m.

Location:                           National Harbor 10-11

6:00 – 6:05 p.m.               Welcome

                                            Claire I. Vanpouille-Box, PhD – Weill Cornell Medicine

6:05 – 6:15 p.m.               Overview of Grant Opportunities

                                            Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD – Roswell Park Comprehensive
                                            Cancer Institute

6:15 – 6:35 p.m.               Principles of Grant Writing
                                            Thomas Gajewski, MD, PhD – University of Chicago

6:35 – 6:45 p.m.               Panel Discussion

Moderator:                        Saman Maleki, PhD – Western University

Panelists:                           Thomas Gajewski, MD, PhD – University of Chicago
                                            Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD – Roswell Park Comprehensive
                                            Cancer Institute

 

Session II: You Submitted Your Grant: Now What Happens?

Time:                                   6:45 – 8:00 p.m.

Location:                            National Harbor 10-11

6:45 – 6:50 p.m.               Attendee Review of Specific Aims Document 

6:50 – 6:55 p.m.               A Look Inside a Study Section

                                            Denise R. Shaw, PhD – National Institutes of Health

6:55 – 7:10 p.m.               Mock Study Section
Moderator:                        David Aggen, MD, PhD – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer
                                            Center
Panelists:                           Ana Anderson, PhD – Harvard Medical School – Secondary
                                            Reviewer 
                                            Thomas Gajewski, MD, PhD – University of Chicago – Chair
                                            Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD – Roswell Park Comprehensive
                                            Cancer Institute
– Primary Reviewer
                                            Marco Ruella, MD – University of Pennsylvania – Reader
                                            Denise R. Shaw, PhD – National Institutes of Health –
                                            Scientific Review Officer
                                            Claire I. Vanpouille-Box, PhD – Weill Cornell Medicine – Third
                                            Reviewer

7:10 – 7:15 p.m.               Attendee Review of Summary Statement Document

7:15 – 7:30 p.m.               What Happens After Reviews are Conducted/How to
                                            Revise Your Grant

                                            Malgorzata Klauzinska, PhD – National Institutes of
                                            Health
             

7:30 – 7:55 p.m.               Panel Discussion

Moderator:                        David Aggen, MD, PhD – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer
                                            Center
Panelists:                           Ana Anderson, PhD – Harvard Medical School   
                                           
Thomas Gajewski, MD, PhD – University of Chicago
                                            Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD – Roswell Park Comprehensive
                                            Cancer Institute
                                            Marco Ruella, MD – University of Pennsylvania
                                            Denise R. Shaw, PhD – National Institutes of Health
                                            Claire I. Vanpouille-Box, PhD – Weill Cornell Medicine

7:55 – 8:00 p.m.               Closing Remarks

                                             Saman Maleki, PhD – Western University

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Schedule At-a-Glance

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Thursday, Nov. 7

Primer on Tumor Immunology and Cancer Immunotherapy™

Social Activity: 
Early Career Scientist Networking Reception

Workshop on Intratumoral Immunomodulation

Meet-the-Expert Lunch
Grant Writing Workshop
34th Annual Meeting
Friday, Nov. 8 34th Annual Meeting Social Activity: 
Poster Reception
Saturday, Nov. 9
34th Annual Meeting

Social Activities:
Award Ceremony
Poster Reception
The Checkpoints Band Party

Sunday, Nov. 10 34th Annual Meeting Hot Topic Symposium