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Edge Reviews

Get an internal reviewof your proposal
Edge Review is a NIH-like internal study section by senior Vanderbilt faculty. Reviews are conducted in advance of NIH cycles for R, K, or F series, or equivalents for basic and clinical investigation.

We offer an internal review by senior faculty of any R, K, or F application, as well as applications for other federal and foundation funding sources. We cannot review applications for VFRS or other K12 or equivalent programs on campus, only extramural awards. Proposals may include first submissions (A0), resubmissions (A1), and renewals for basic, translational and clinical investigation for the corresponding NIH cycle.

VIEW THE 2023 SCHEDULE AND DUE DATES

This service complements, but cannot replace, the input of your mentor, department or division senior faculty members.

All materials are due by 5:00 PM Central Time on the corresponding due date. No late submissions accepted.

You will receive an individual video recording link and reviewers’ written critiques within a few days of the review, giving you time to respond to recommendations before it’s time to submit to the NIH. You are strongly encouraged to watch the video with your mentor. (Note: AIDS reviews are not videotaped.)

mentor notes

Faculty with at least one R01 or equivalent can be a reviewer. Email Rebecca Helton.

Reviewers are assigned no more than three proposals. Meetings are similar to NIH study section.

View info for first-time reviewers.

How it Works
Identify

Identify the NIH submission date and corresponding Vanderbilt due dates (2023).

Complete a Survey of Intent

Complete a Survey of Intent by the corresponding due date. You will need your draft abstract, specific aims page and current NIH biosketch.

Email

Email a SINGLE PDF of below listed Grant Materials by the corresponding due date to rebecca.helton@vumc.org.

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  1. Cover letter – can be to us or your NIH institute
  2. Project Summary/Abstract ~30 lines
  3. Summary Statement if revision/resubmission
  4. Your response if revision/resubmission
  5. Specific Aims – single page
  6. Research Strategy – note/highlight your responses if revision/resubmission
  7. References cited
  8. Facilities and Resources
  9. PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information Attachments (if applicable)
  10. Key personnel and NIH biosketches
  11. Letters of support – can be unsigned drafts
  12. Budget – include what you have
  13. K awards: Candidate background and career goals, Responsible Conduct of Research training plan, mentor letter/training plan, and chair letter (letters can be unsigned drafts)
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  1. Use the NIH format required for your application.
  2. Reference the correct RFA for your application.
  3. Include as much information as you can to help ensure you receive the best possible review. We understand some letters of support and budgets may not be completely ready at the time of review.
QUESTIONS

Email rebecca.helton@vumc.org.

upcoming Edge Reviews events [ view all events ]
February 7, 2023 | 1:00 pm (In-Person) Dr. Julie Bastarache | 2525 West End, Ste 1040
Grant Pacing Workshop
Grants & Funding
Early career faculty
February 9, 2023 | 12:00 pm (In-Person) Dr. Joe Bandy | 206 PRB
Edge Seminar
Pre/Post Doc
Early career faculty
February 15, 2023 | 1:00 pm (In-Person) Dr. Julie Bastarache | 2525 West End, Ste 1040
Grant Pacing Workshop
Grants & Funding
Early career faculty
February 17, 2023 | 12:00 pm (In-Person) Dr. Katherine Hartmann | 2525 West End, Ste 600
Pre/Post Doc
Early career faculty
Mid career faculty
February 20, 2023 | 1:00 pm (In-Person) Dr. Katherine Hartmann | 2525 West End, Ste 1040
Grant Pacing Workshop
Grants & Funding
Early career faculty
February 24, 2023 | 12:00 pm (In-Person) Dr. Katherine Hartmann | 2525 West End, Ste 600
Pre/Post Doc
Early career faculty
Mid career faculty
March 9, 2023 | 12:00 pm (In-Person) Dr. Wes Ely | 206 PRB
Newman Seminar
Productivity
Life Hacks
Early career faculty
March 23, 2023 | 12:00 pm (In-Person) Dr. Katherine Hartmann | 206 PRB
Edge Seminar
Newman Seminar
Faculty Life
Life Hacks
Pre/Post Doc
Early career faculty
April 13, 2023 | 12:00 pm (In-Person) Dr. Kim Rathmell | 206 PRB
Edge Seminar
Grants & Funding
Pre/Post Doc
Early career faculty
April 27, 2023 | 12:00 pm (In-Person) Panel Discussion | 206 PRB
Newman Seminar
Management & Leadership
Early career faculty
May 4, 2023 | 12:00 pm (In-Person) Stacey Satchell | 206 PRB
Edge Seminar
Newman Seminar
Faculty Life
Productivity
Pre/Post Doc
Early career faculty
Your grant reviewed by senior faculty.
Testimonials
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this. It was helpful for me to have this experience and I hope my comments are helpful to the applicants. I have used this resource several times as an applicant and have found it invaluable when writing my own grants.

~ Edge Reviewer

Please express my gratitude to the Edge Reviewers for their time and feedback on my grant. I took their feedback to heart and am proud of the R01 I ultimately submitted after getting some help from a mentor incorporating their comments.

~ Edge Review Participant

Seeing the reviewers think critically about the grant was very helpful. It helped me see more of the dynamics of how the issues were being thought about, and fi lled in more details about concerns that were raised. There was also one reviewer (who had not directly reviewed the grant) who brought up the EXACT question I needed help answering. Watching that question get addressed and discussed was exceptionally helpful.

~ Edge Review Participant

INSTRUCTIONS & DUE DATES
a checklist for successful submission
Success

Assistant Professor

Department
Medicine (Biomedical Informatics)
Award Type
  • R01 Recipient

Associate Professor

Department
Surgery (General Surgery)
Award Type
  • R03

Assistant Professor

Department
Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Award Type
  • R01 Recipient

Assistant Professor

Department
Pediatrics (Rheumatology)
Award Type
  • K08 Recipient



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