This message was sent on behalf of Dr. Jorja Kimball, Executive Director, Research Development Services, Division of Research, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas to Texas A&M researchers on September 5, 2014


Dear Researcher:

At the beginning of each school year, much of our efforts are expended on getting a successful start in our teaching responsibilities. Now that the first few days of the new academic year have passed, we want to let you know of several research-related professional development events the Division of Research (DOR) is hosting for the Texas A&M University research community.

The first event is the seminar, Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals, on September 16. This seminar will be presented by Dr. John D. Robertson, a consultant from Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, LLC (GWSW). This is the second year in a row the popular seminar will be presented by the DOR. If your office is not located in College Station, you may attend via TTVN, but registration is still required. The registration deadline for this seminar is swiftly approaching – it’s next Tuesday, September 9.

Attendance at this seminar (or the one offered in February 2014) is a requirement for admission to the 2015 NIH Grant Proposal-Writing Program, which connects a small group of principal investigators with the GWSW consultant, Dr. Robertson, who will work one-on-one with them over a six-month period to develop a submission-ready proposal for the NIH. The deadline to apply for the proposal-writing program is Tuesday, September 30.

If funding for your research is focused on the National Science Foundation or similar foundations, institutions, etc., you may be interested in the seminar, Funding Opportunities at the National Science Foundation (NSF), presented on September 29, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dr. Andreea Trache, an associate professor in the Department of Medical Physiology at Texas A&M and Program Director in the NSF Division of Molecular & Cellular Biosciences, will talk about locating appropriate NSF funding sources, suggestions for writing successful NSF proposals, the NSF proposal review process, and strategies for communicating effectively with NSF program managers. Registration deadline is Friday, September 26, at 12:00 noon.

Dr. Trache will speak on another topic, The Benefits of Serving as an IPA at the NSF, the afternoon of September 29. She will discuss a mechanism through which Texas A&M University faculty can accept a temporary assignment at the NSF or other federal agencies. Registration deadline for this seminar is also Friday, September 26, at 12:00 noon.

Other seminars and workshops this year will cover topics such as Broader Impacts at NSF, Writing Successful Proposals, or applying to one or more of the DOR internal grants programs, such as PESCA or the International program.  All of these events are coordinated by Research Development Services (RDS), a DOR unit providing a wide range of support to Texas A&M researchers, of which I am executive director. Information on these and other seminars and workshops can be found via the RDS Professional Research Development Calendar at http://vpr.tamu.edu/researchdevelopment/PRDP/calendar.

I hope you will take a few moments to explore these events and other services offered by RDS and the Division of Research. Our goal is to help you succeed in your research endeavors, and we welcome the opportunity to find ways to do so.

Best wishes for a successful year ahead,


Jorja Kimball, Ph.D.
Regents Fellow
Executive Director, Research Development Services
Division of Research | Texas A&M University
2403 TAMU | College Station, TX 77843-2403
ph: 979.458.5794 | vpr.tamu.edu