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Postdoctoral Studies - Grants and Contracts Course

The Grants and Contracts Course, Co-Sponsored by the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Office of Research begins in early January. The course is accredited by the Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School, for enrolled graduate students, and for continuing education credits for organizations that will accept them. All Baylor faculty and staff interested in learning more about the procedures, policies and requirements of preparing grant applications and the basics of contracts for sponsored research are invited to attend all or selected classes. There is no charge for the class.

All classes will be held in Room M616, Cell Biology Conference room, 6th Floor, DeBakey Building, on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. The course will meet for nine sessions. The schedule with the instructor’s names and class description is shown below.

Grants and Contracts - An Overview
Date: Class 1
Instructor: Martin P. Weick, Administrator, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Class Description: Description of the various types of funding mechanisms, sources of research funding and the NIH organization and review cycle.

Pre-Award Budget Preparation & Peer Review
Date: Class 2
Instructor: Martin P. Weick, Administrator, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Class Description: Introduction to budget preparation for research grants and research contracts. Calculation of direct and indirect costs,: tips on common budget mistakes; what to include or not include in a budget: how to avoid post-award problems through proper budget and subcontract preparation and development, Federal rules on budget restrictions; and the role and process of the peer review system at NIH.

Modular Grant Applications—The New Application Format
Date: Class 3
Instructor: Martin P. Weick, Administrator, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Class Description: The Modular Application has become the predominant application type for NIH. The Class is a detailed walk through the new NIH Modular Grant application and how it is different from the standard RO1 application. Tips and tricks to make the application process easier, and specific differences in the application format between NIH Institutes.

Institutional Assurances and Compliance’s
Date: Class 4
Instructors: Kathleen J. Motil, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, Institutional Review Board for Human Subject Research
Percy Melton, B.A., M.A, Research Compliance Educator, Assurance and Compliance Services, Office of Research
Class Description: Discussion and frequently asked questions about institutional policies, forms and processes regarding the use of human subjects, animals and/or biohazardous materials in basic or clinical research.

Sources of Grant Funding
Date: Class 5
Instructors: Barbara G. Cochran, Director, Contract and Funding Services, Office of Research.
Martin P. Weick, Administrator, Department of Cell Biology
Class Description: Introduction and overview of services offered by the Office of Research; discussion of government and non-government funding sources; how to target and locate the best sources of funding.

Scientific Considerations for the Writing of R01 Research Proposals
Date: Class 6
Instructor: Bert W. O’Malley, M.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Class Description: Discussion of the scientific aspects and considerations of writing individual research proposals to NIH and other granting agencies from the perspective of an experienced investigator, and considerations in the evaluation and review of scientific applications.

Industry Contracts/Agreements and Technology Transfer
Date: Class 7
Instructors: Lynne D. Schaefer, Director of the Office of Technology Administration
Barbara G. Cochran, Director, Contract and Funding Services , Office of Research
Class Description: Overview of the relationship between educational institutions and for-profit companies: proprietary rights (ownership of inventions), indemnification; conflicts of interest/commitment; patents/ copyrights; licensing; venture capital development; will include a discussion of the contracting process and tools available at Baylor.

Indirect Costs - What are they? & Site Visits for Individual Grants and Program Project Grants
Date: Class 8
Instructors: Thomas E. Wilson, Director Sponsored Programs, Office of Research
Peter J. Marabella, Director, Grants and Contracts
Martin P. Weick, Administrator, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Class Description:

Overview and discussion of indirect costs and how they are calculated and applied to both federal and non-federal research and examination of special indirect cost issues.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Site Visits from both the site visitor’s and the applicants viewpoint; how to make the best presentation possible.

Post-Award Budget Management
Date: Class 9
Instructor: Martin P. Weick, Administrator, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Class Description: Establishment of grant accounts; management of government and non-government awards; maintenance of financial and record keeping standards in order to be eligible for future funding; annual financial reports; services of Grants and Contracts; recent changes to Federal Regulations governing expenditures.