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Grants Enhancement Program

The purpose of the Grants Enhancement Program (GEP) is to improve grant applications submitted by investigators and faculty members at the Children's National Hospital  and George Washington University (GW) in order to maximize the probability of funding. GEP services are available to the faculties of both Children’s National and GW, but require CTSI-CN membership. Membership is free and provides access to many services and resources. Click “Join the CTSI-CN!” in the top right corner of the website.

The GEP assists with grant proposal development and applications by providing:

1. Internal review, feedback, and consultation of proposals by GEP faculty (in addition to and in collaboration with those of mentors and supervisors).  Such collaboration may be at any time in the course of developing a proposal, from initial draft of specific aims to a final proposal. 

Effective January 1, 2016, all Children's National junior faculty (assistant professor) applying for external funding must obtain timely review and consultation by the GEP at least 12 weeks prior to the grant submission date. 

2. Monthly, facilitated group meetings with peer investigators, who provide support, information, guidance, and feedback:

K Group for those pursuing Mentored Career Development (K) Awards.
R Group for those pursuing R-level funding.

3. Assistance from an experienced scientific writer for investigators whose proposal(s) have strong scientific merit, but lack clear, concise language (e.g., non-native English speakers).

4. A library of materials, including successful proposals, checklists, suggested timelines, and other guidance is available to GEP members. To create an account and request library access, visit the CTSI-CN Learning Management System (LMS).

5. In-depth external review of well-developed proposals by a carefully selected, experienced external reviewer. 

Facilitating this external review is offered for proposals where the necessary expertise is not available at Children's National or GW.  However, funds for acquiring external review must be provided by the PI’s Division or Center. The proposal must be for significant R-level funding and endorsed by the Department or Division head as ready for external review. To allow adequate time for reviews and resulting modifications, specific aims are required 12 weeks ahead of the due date and a full proposal in good shape is required 6 weeks ahead of the due date.

6. Review conferences or seminars for experienced multidisciplinary input. These conferences are conducted primarily for full R-level proposals.

Mock "study section” reviews with multiple reviewers in a conference setting for educational purposes as well as feedback.

Multidisciplinary discussions for investigators seeking broad input, creative ideas, and collaboration opportunities early in project development.

To request support, please email or find our members in Faculty and Staff