Faculty Research Resources

All Department of Medicine faculty are eligible for the resources listed below.
However, we are particularly committed to supporting faculty during their first 5 to 7 years in rank: instructors/assistant professors, faculty transitioning from career-development awards to their first “R-level” grant, and faculty with their first “R-level” grant seeking their first competitive renewal.

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Biostatistical Support

The Academic Health Centers’s Biostatistical Design and Consulting Center (BDAC) assists faculty with study design, preparation of grant applications, database design and development, data management, statistical analysis, results summarization, and manuscript writing.

The DOM supports faculty use of these services.

Guiding principles for DOM prioritization of BDAC support are as follows:
Pre-submission support for grant proposal development has priority over “unfunded analyses” for manuscript preparation.

Priority is given to grant applications in the following order:
National, peer-reviewed applications (e.g., NIH, CDC)
Foundation, peer-reviewed applications
Locally funded, peer-reviewed applications
Investigator-initiated industry applications

Faculty without current resources for statistical support will have priority over those with current funding.
Contact information
Clinical and Translational Institute (CTSI) for services provided by the Biostatistical Design and Analysis Center (BDAC).

Website: CTSI
Email: ctsi@umn.edu
Phone: (612) 625-2874

Faculty Research Toolkit

Forms & Templates

Research Compliance
Compliance Training & Opportunities for Faculty & Staff

Internal Peer Review of Grant Proposal Drafts

A variety of internal peer review mechanisms are available to DOM faculty who are preparing a grant proposal:

Early-stage review of specific aims (ideally occurs 6-9 months before the submission deadline)

Senior faculty investigators are called upon to critique the project’s specific aims and a 1-page overview of the project’s significance and approach. Written reviews are provided. A face-to-face feedback session can also be arranged, so that the investigator can benefit from group discussion and Q&A with reviewers.

Mock study section review (or written reviews only) of full proposal draft (ideally occurs 6-9 weeks before the submission deadline)

A mock study section of senior faculty investigators is convened to critique a complete draft of the proposal. Reviewers score the draft and provide both written and oral reviews. The investigator is present during the mock review, with the opportunity to discuss the critiques and ask questions. Alternatively, reviewers can be called upon to provide written critiques only.

The recommended review timelines can be tailored to accommodate different funding mechanisms with shorter timelines.

For inquiries and to schedule a review, please contact: Anne Marie Weber-Main (612) 625-7433 and/or Anne Joseph (612) 625-8983 during the earliest stages of the proposal’s development.

Scientific Writing Consultation

Anne Marie Weber-Main, PhD, provides critical review and substantive editing of faculty’s written research products (grant proposals, peer-reviewed articles) at different stages of development.

Potential areas of critique and writing support
  • Compellingly articulating the project’s significance
  • Communicating complex scientific ideas with optimal clarity
  • Writing to meet the review criteria and funder’s priorities
  • Balancing brevity with appropriate detail
  • Writing in reviewer-friendly prose
  • Developing tables and figures to communicate specific ideas
  • Ensuring logic and cohesiveness of prose 

She also offers personalized coaching in areas such as productive academic writing. To request assistance, contact via email Anne Marie or call (612) 625-7433.

Writing-Intensive Grant Workshop Series

Anne Marie facilitates a 12-session grant workshop series for faculty who are actively preparing a research grant application (R- or K-series).

The workshop is an interactive working/writing group, not a series of lectures. All participants are expected to prepare and critique written material at each session. Senior funded investigators meet periodically with workshop participants to review drafts of specific aims, discuss approaches to proposal development, and share their experiences as grant reviewers. The workshop culminates in a formal study section review of completed drafts.

For more information or to sign up for the next series, contact Anne Marie Weber-Main.