January 2021 Hot Water Workshop Registration Open

Virtual Hot Water Workshop - January 7-8, 2021. Registration closes Nov. 23 at 12 p.m.

It is time to sign up for the 18th semi-annual Hot Water Grant Review Workshop! The Hot Water Grant Review Workshop will be held virtually on January 7-8, 2021.

Due to a high demand, please register as soon as you can make a commitment. Last minute cancellations cause unnecessary chaos; please register if you are committed to attending. Registration will close on Monday, Nov. 23, at 12 p.m. (NOON). To sign up, please provide the following through the Google Registration form:

  1. Type of submission: full draft proposal (new/re-submission/revision); specific aims/background; You are very welcome to register as a reviewer only, in which case we are grateful for your generosity in service to your colleagues!
  2. Type of application: R01, R21, R15, NSF or other
  3. Title/Topic area of your proposal and be as specific as possible so that we can properly assign reviewers to your grant proposal. Efforts will be made to match reviewers and writers with similar expertise. However, this is only possible if participants provide a title by the 23rd of November.

Participants at the Hot Water Workshop offer and receive supportive and critical feedback of each other’s grant proposals. The goal of this workshop is to provide valuable feedback to grant writers, to improve their proposals just in time for the NIH R01/R21/R15 due dates in January and February. This Hot Water Workshop will be held virtually. This means that participants will be provided the secure Zoom information upon registration. Faculty who do not have proposals to submit, but would be willing to provide critiques as a reviewer only are very welcome to attend.

Here’s how it works:

  • Participants prepare a well-proofed draft proposal (either a full proposal, or, for investigators at an exploratory stage, a draft consisting of specific aims and a significance/background/innovation section) two weeks prior to the review session (i.e. by Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020).
  • We will use a Google web-based collaboration website for submission of draft proposals and downloading reviews (this does require using/acquiring a Google account).
  • Participants will read and critique up to three proposals from both senior and junior investigators (depending on volume of proposals). 
  • Each proposal will receive two or more critiques from reviewers. The primary reviewer will summarize the proposal, as would the primary reviewer at a study section. Instructions will be provided on the collaborative website.
  • New this workshop:
    • Reviewers are encouraged to write a brief summary (maximum half page) describing the grant reviewed. This is not to be a critique of the grant, but rather a chance for the grant writer to see if they are clearly communicating their ideas.
    • Time will be allocated at the beginning of each review session for all participants to read the abstract or specific aims of the proposal to be reviewed.  

Based on the success we’ve seen through participation in this workshop, we sincerely hope that you will take this opportunity. Please contact Sara Jestrab with questions related to this workshop.