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Center for Global Mental Health Research Webinar Series: Submission and Peer Review of NIH Grant Applications


April 14, 2022




This webinar focused on how to prepare and submit grant applications to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It will also cover how those applications are processed, routed, and then evaluated through the peer review process. Nick Gaiano, Ph.D., discussed the importance of following both the SF424 application instructions as well as the instructions found in Section IV of NIH funding opportunity announcements. In addition, Dr. Gaiano covered best practices and helpful tips to consider when preparing an application to improve the chances of success. Participants were also directed to specific resources to guide them through the application process.


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About the Speaker

Dr. Gaiano is chief of the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) Extramural Review Branch, a position he obtained in May 2018. Before joining NIMH, Dr. Gaiano was at the NIH Center for Scientific Review for six years, spending the first three as a scientific research officer and the second three as a review branch chief. Dr. Gaiano obtained his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, did his post-doctoral training at New York University Medical Center, and then in 2002 moved to a faculty position at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His lab focused on the molecular regulation of cell fate determination during mammalian brain development. In 2012, after 10 years of running a well-funded and productive research program, Dr. Gaiano sought a career change and has found the move to the NIH, and more recently to NIMH, interesting and enjoyable.

About the Center for Global Mental Health Research Webinar Series

The Center for Global Mental Health Research within NIMH is hosting a series of webinars focused on writing, submitting, and managing global NIH mental health research grants. We encourage students, post-docs, and new investigators interested in global mental health research to attend. The goals of the webinar series are to increase knowledge about NIH structure and grant processes and enhance capacity in global mental health research.

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The Center for Global Mental Health Research