Research Programs

Below are some programs that may be able to aid you in your research process and proposals.  

Finding Clinical Trials

You can find Clinical Trials at GUMC, or outside of GUMC by exploring the Clinical Research Operations Office (CROO) website. CROO also has a section to discuss participating in Clinical Trials, and answer frequently asked questions about Clinical Trials.

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MedStar Research Scholars

MedStar Health Research Institute, MedStar Health Academic Affairs, and the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science are pleased to offer a Research Career Development program to our clinical and junior research colleagues. The Research Scholars program supports the development of our clinicians who seek careers with an important focus on clinical and translational research, in large part by addressing critical needs for research mentorship and critical feedback in project design, analysis, and presentation.

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Mock Study Section

The purpose of the GUMC Mock Study Section Program is to increase the likelihood of extramural grant funding success by providing comprehensive, study section like feedback to applicants on their complete grant application prior to grant submission. The program is modeled after similar resources offered within individual units at GUMC and longstanding GUMC wide programs providing feedback on specific grant application pieces (e.g., specific aims). It is intended as a resource for faculty of all ranks (instructor, assistant, associate, and professor), tracks (e.g., tenure track, research track, medical educator track), and stages of career experience. It is also intended to provide training in the peer review process (e.g., operation of a study section) to those not yet familiar.

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Speed Grant Review

The purpose of this program is to increase the likelihood of extramural grant funding success by allowing the opportunity to review Specific AIMs pages, NIH bio-sketches, Response to Reviewers, and any other information to inform A1 resubmissions (e.g., A0 summary statements). For non-NIH grants, the equivalent information can be reviewed. The program is intended to be a resource at the beginning of the proposal stage to provide a solid starting point.  Speed Grant Reviews are available for faculty of all ranks (instructor, assistant, associate, and professor), tracks (e.g., tenure track, research track, medical educator track), and stages of career experience. 

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Idea Lab

Idea Lab is an informal discussion with the purpose of assisting in formulating ideas about research proposals before creating Specific Aims.  The benefit is having the opportunity to brainstorm with a few learned colleagues to aid in the process of development.  

Another form of Idea Lab is when an individual would like a review of specific parts of their proposal, or have specific questions about it.  The discussion will then be focused on only those specific questions as opposed to the entire grant (as in a Mock Study Section).   

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Lombardi Standing Mock Study Sections

Lombardi Standing Mock Study Sections are peer review of drafts of grants for Lombardi faculty to improve chances of successfully competing for peer-reviewed funding. The program differs from the GUMC Mock Study Section review program in that the prospective grantee will not be present during the review. Instead, the Lombardi Standing Mock Study Sections will act more like an NIH review panel where multiple grants are reviewed during one session and no prospective grantees are present. Prospective grantees will be provided the names of the reviewers so they can contact them post-review for clarification of comments and further discussion.  Learn more about the Lombardi Standing Mock Study Sections or express interest in participating by completing this Google Form.

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