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NIH Grants Process Walk-Through for Beginners

Webinar Series

NIH Grants Process: A Brief Walk-Through for Beginners

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET


Are you new to working with the NIH grants process? If so, make plans to join your peers as the NIH walks through essential aspects of applying for funding. This event offers participants an opportunity to gain insights into the NIH’s organizational structure and how it funds research, finding the right fit for your research (including NIH Notices of Funding Opportunity - NOFOs), the grants process overview, peer review, NIH and applicant institution roles and responsibilities, and resources to help along the way.

This simulive event includes a short recording, followed by a live portion featuring a panel of NIH experts answering questions submitted during registration, as well as additional queries raised during the discussion. More than one hour will be devoted to Q&A with NIH…an opportunity you won’t want to miss!

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Virtual Event Overview

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET


Anyone new to working with the NIH grants process, whether you are considering applying for funding, or may be assisting with application development.

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Reasonable Accommodations:

This webinar will be closed-captioned and will include an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. Requests for reasonable accommodations should be submitted at least five days before the event to

Agenda Format

  • Welcome and Overview
  • Pre-recorded interview focused on NIH grants process basics
  • Over 1-hour Q&A with NIH staff


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Michelle Bulls

Office for Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA), NIH

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Sheri Cummins

Communications Strategist
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH

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Cynthia Dwyer

Outreach Coordinator
Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH

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Kasima Garst, MFS

Deputy Director, Division of Grant Systems Integration
NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)

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Emily Linde

Director, Grants Management Program
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH

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Brittany Mason-Mah, Ph.D.

Scientific Review Officer
Mechanisms of Emotion, Stress and Health (MESH) NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5) Biobehavioral Processes Review Branch Center for Scientific Review, NIH

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Michael A. Sesma, Ph.D.

Chief, Postdoctoral Training Branch
Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity Program Officer: Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology National Institute of General Medical Sciences

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Michelle M. Timmerman, Ph.D.

Associate Director/Guide Liaison Officer
Division of Receipt and Referral Center for Scientific Review/NIH/HHS

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The NIH Office of Extramural Research strives to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage and participate fully. This live event includes closed captions and ASL interpreters.
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Reasonable Accommodations and/or questions related to this event should be submitted no less than five business days prior to the event to:

We are dedicated to providing a pleasant experience for all attendees. We expect that participants to treat each other with respect.
NIH will monitor content shared and may delete content constituting unacceptable behavior, and/or expel participants exhibiting
unacceptable behavior from the virtual event for violations of the Code of Conduct.