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Attendance and participation in this event is required for all faculty intending to apply for VGN Pilot and Project Award funding for June 1, 2019-May 31, 2020.


9:00 AM Registration and Refreshments (breakfast on your own)
9:30 AM Message from the Director (Dr. Rex Forehand, VGN/UVM)
9:40 AM NIH Reviewer Tips (Dr. Mark Nelson, UVM)
10:00 AM NSF Reviewer Tips (Dr. Christine Palmer, CU)
10:20 AM VGN Award Budget Information (Meg Rebull, VGN)
10:30 AM Proposal Review: Session 1
11:15 AM Proposal Review: Session 2
12:00 PM Proposal Review: Session 3

Lunch is available beginning at 11:15 AM.

Pitch Paper Review Guide

We suggest the following format for each 45 minute proposal review session:

  1. The PI gives a brief (5 minute) overview of the project.
  2. Group participants can ask general questions to clarify or further explain certain points of the proposal.
  3. This is followed by a more detailed discussion on different elements of the proposal.

Faculty submit a NIH-style proposal to apply for VGN funding. The INBRE program encourages faculty to submit AREA (R15) grants. The specific definitions and review criteria for this program are listed here:

For the Pitch papers, faculty were specifically instructed to include the specific aims, significance and innovation of the research. Here are some guiding questions to ask about those sections:

Overall Impact

Reviewers will provide an overall impact score to reflect their assessment of the likelihood for the project to make an important scientific contribution to the research field(s) involved, to provide research opportunities to students, and to strengthen the research environment of the institution, in consideration of the following review criteria and additional review criteria (as applicable for the project proposed).


Does the project address an important problem or a barrier to progress in the field? If the aims of the project are achieved, how will scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice be improved? How will successful completion of the aims change the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that drive this field? If funded, will the AREA award have a substantial effect on the school/academic component in terms of strengthening the research environment and exposing students to research? Is there a strong scientific premise for the project?


Does the application challenge and seek to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms by utilizing novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions? Are the concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions novel to one field of research or novel in a broad sense? Is a refinement, improvement, or new application of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions proposed?


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University of Vermont

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