Applicant Resource: NIH’s ‘All About Grants’ Podcast

Do you enjoy making time in your day for podcasts, whether during a commute, over lunch or after a long day at work? If you’re a grant pro – or if you’re on your way to becoming one – you might want to add the National Institutes of Health (NIH) All About Grants podcast to your listening queue.

Applicant Resources

While the podcast’s episodes are often geared towards NIH programs and policies, applicants to other federal agencies will still find a good amount of wisdom and insight.

For example, the July 1, 2019 episode, “Writing a Fellowship Application”, featured a conversation between host David Kosub, with the NIH’s Office of Extramural Research (OER), and Dr. Shoshana Kahana, a Research Training Policy Officer within the OER’s Division of the Biomedical Research Workforce.

During the 11-minute episode, Kosub and Kahana discussed the process of developing an application for research training fellowships, the role of sponsors or mentors in the application process, general best practices for fellowship applications, and what to do if your application is not funded.

“So the first thing is not to take the review personally, as hard as that might be, and to realize that you can resubmit the application, addressing the concerns raised, or propose a brand new idea,” Kahana says on the podcast.  “From a practical standpoint, discussing the merits of the review with your mentor or sponsor will be critical.  Perhaps one of the most important things to do would be to reach out to the program officer who was assigned your grant.  Discussing your application with him or her and whether it is consistent with the priorities and research interests of the institute and center is invaluable.”

Other recent episodes in the podcast series include “NIH’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Policies for Awardees,” “Using RePORT Web Tools Throughout the Grants Process,” “Increasing Diversity in NIH Small Business Program,” and “Maintaining Confidentiality in Peer Review.” Click here to learn more about the NIH podcast All About Grants.

This blog post is part of a series that highlights free online resources produced by federal grant-making agencies for applicants.