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Navigating the Research Enterprise

“Navigating the Research Enterprise” is an annual seminar series for early-career faculty and postdoctoral fellows at Northwestern University who have protected research time. It’s designed to provide them with the support they need to focus on developing the key skills young scientists require in order to progress beyond just doing good research. Attendees will be introduced to issues such as finding sources for research funds, writing effective grants and building a network of professional colleagues. 

The upcoming series will run from September through December 2018 (subject to change). RSVP here.

Workshop faculty directors and staff include Rick McGee, PhD, associate dean for Professional Development and professor of Medical Education; Bill Lowe, MD, vice dean for Academic Affairs and professor of Medicine-Endocrinology; and Jaime Ziegler, NUCATS Center for Education and Career Development program coordinator. 

Below is a listing of our upcoming seminar series with links to the most recent session materials.






MATERIALS (most recent class materials available)


12 p.m. - 1 p.m.


Gray Seminar Room

Introduction to the Series, Important Resources of NUCATS,& Constructing Your Individual Career Advancement Plan

•Access the research related resources available at Northwestern University for junior faculty

•Develop a strategy for a successful career in research

•Define the elements and value of an Individual Career Advancement Plan

•Construct an Individual Career Advancement Plan and learn how to use it to guide your professional development with guidance from mentors and senior faculty

Rick McGee, PhD

William Lowe, MD

Clare McFadden, NUCATS Institute

Intro and ICAP Slides (9/10/18)

NUCATS Resources Slides (9/10/18)

Seminar 1 Audio (9/10/18)

Individual Career Advancement Plan 

Information Guide for APT


12 p.m. - 1 p.m.


Searle Seminar Room

NIH Funding Opportunities

•Understand the abbreviations and acronyms of NIH jargon

•Access important information from the NIH website regarding currently funded grants and funding opportunities

•Utilize strategies for obtaining guidance from NIH Program and Review Officers in a grant submission and review process

Rick McGee, PhD

William Lowe, MD

Seminar 2 Audio (9/24/18)

Seminar 2 Slides (9/24/18)


12 p.m. - 1 p.m.


Wieboldt 408

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Office of Research Development


The Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) at Northwestern Medicine

•Access desired information from the Office of Research Development

•Utilize the Office of Research Development to enhance your research

•Describe how the EDW supports research at Northwestern University

•Utilize the process for accessing EDW

Nicole Moore, DSc

Prasanth Nannapaneni, MD


Seminar Audio (10/8/18)

Seminar 3_ORD Slides (10.8.18)

Seminar 3_EDW Slides (10/8/18)


Enhancing and Displaying Rigor and Transparency in Translational Research and Research Proposals

•Understand the rationale for and expectations of the new NIH guidelines on Rigor and Reproducibility

•Recognize and consider some of the short-comings of often-used electronic methods for data capture, storage and release

•Become familiar with NIH website tools to assist with writing toward Rigor and Reproducibility

L. Welty, PhD

Seminar Audio (10/23/17)

Enhancing Rigor Slides (10/23/17)



12 p.m. - 1 p.m.


Searle Seminar Room

The NIH Grant Review Process

•Utilize an understanding of the NIH grant review process to help guide grant writing strategies

•Incorporate review considerations in writing in response to specific Requests for Applications (RFAs)

Rick McGee, PhD

William Lowe, MD

Seminar 4_NIH Grant Review Process_AUDIO_10.22.18

Seminar 4_The NIH Grant Review Process_SLIDES_10.22.18


12 p.m. - 1 p.m.


Gray Seminar Room

Strategies for Writing an Effective NIH ‘R’ and ‘K’ Proposal: Part 1

•Understand the critical flow of logic and writing styles of effective NIH grants

•Begin to incorporate the patterns and strategies of grant writing video tools when writing NIH K or R proposals

•Write in a way that reviewers expect

•Become skilled in getting useful feedback

Rick McGee, PhD

William Lowe, MD

NIH Proposal Audio, Part 1 (11/5/18)

NIH Proposal Slides, Part 1 (11/5/18)


12 p.m. - 1 p.m.


Baldwin Auditorium

Strategies for Writing Effective NIH 'R' and 'K' Proposals - Part II

•Writing non-research sections of proposals

•Crafting and effective Biosketch

•Understanding the role of each part of K application and what has to be accomplished in them

Rick McGee, PhD

William Lowe, MD

NIH Proposal Audio, Part 2 (11/26/18)

NIH Proposal Slides, Part 2 (11/26/18)


12 p.m. - 1 p.m.


Searle Seminar Room

Working with the Northwestern Office for Sponsored Research (OSR)

•Recognize how to best work with the Office of Sponsored Research

•Discuss the OSR requirements for a successful grant submission

Lynda Wolter, Director

Kathy Mustea, Assistant Director

Seminar Audio (12/3/18)

Seminar Slides_Working with the Northwestern Office for Sponsored Research (12/3/18)


12 p.m. - 1 p.m.


Baldwin Auditorium

For Clinician Scientists: Deciding on and Designing a Strategy to Achieve the Level of Research That Fits Your Career – Consultant, Collaborator, Co-Investigator or PI

•Articulate your desired mix of research and clinical care and devise a plan to accomplish it at Northwestern

•Consciously consider various roles in research from PI to Co-I to effective collaborator

•Re-assess what they have learned from the series into a revised ICDP

Rick McGee, PhD

William Lowe, MD

Seminar Audio (1/7/19)

Slides for Clinician-Scientists (1/7/19)

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