A key element to the ongoing success of the GrantSeekers program has been the input of external referees who have participated via a Go-To-Meeting web-based mechanism. Recognizing the importance of external peer review as a means to provide content expertise and mentorship that may not be available on campus, we have developed an expanded GrantSeekers program, including a mechanism to support specific experiments geared to improving the likelihood of funding for a revised proposal.
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GrantSeekers 2.0 - original, ongoing program
Goal: Peer review of proposals prior to submission to NIH, VA, or other agencies
Mechanisms: Ongoing program. Coordinated by VPR Office.
GrantSeekers during early stages of developing a proposal
Goal: Increase the competitive edge by focusing on the early stages of a grant proposal (e.g., review of study design and preliminary data and explore possible aims).
Mechanisms: Coordinated by PI developing the proposal. The VPR’s Office will provide the honorarium to external reviewers. All reviews will be oral and external reviews will participate via a Go-To-Meeting format. The PI will solicit up to 3 external reviewers and at least 2 members of the panel must be UT Health San Antonio faculty members.
Targeted pilot funding of scored-but-unfunded proposals
Goal: to provide resources to transform a score-but-unfunded application into a fundable proposal.
Eligibility: For PIs who receive a score on a NIH, VA or other application at the 50th percentile or better and who plan to skip one or two cycles to accrue additional preliminary data before resubmission.
Goal: To increase the likelihood of acceptance of manuscripts into top-tier journals.
Mechanisms: Coordinated by PI. The VPR’s Office will provide honorarium to the external reviewers. Using a format akin to GrantSeekers meetings, PIs contemplating sending their work to top-tier journals in their field, can obtain external peer review. At least 2 members of the panel should be UT Health San Antonio faculty members.
Goal: Provide expert editorial service to improve the quality of manuscript and grant submissions.
Mechanism: Coordinated by VPR Office. Only for PIs who have participated in GrantSeekers or PubSeekers programs.