Podcast: Getting Started in Grant Writing With Lisa Dierker

Lisa Dierker

August 28,2019:

In the current research landscape, researchers need to develop grant writing skills. In this podcast, Methodology Center Investigator and Professor of Psychology at Wesleyan University Lisa Dierker discusses topics including how to learn what works in grant writing, the best funding mechanisms, and how to approach grant writing as a methodologist or applied researcher. This podcast is intended for graduate students and junior investigators, but there are tips for more senior researchers as well.

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00:00 – Introductions
00:54 – Lisa’s background in research and grant writing
03:15 – The value of rejected grants
09:26 – Lisa’s favorite funding mechanisms
16:08 – How to get started in grant writing
19:45 – Whom to contact while preparing a grant
25:16 – How applied scientists can incorporate innovative methods into grant writing
28:48 – How methodologists can successfully get their work funded
31:15 – Pursuing grants in a difficult funding environment
34:15 – Top 3 pieces of advice on grant writing

HIV Grant Following MOST

June 20, 2016:

An intervention has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to increase treatment engagement among African-American/Black andLMC Hispanic people living with HIV. The study will target people who are neither taking antiretroviral therapy nor consistently engaged in HIV primary care. Linda Collins, Director of The Methodology Center, and Marya Gwadz, New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing Senior Research Scientist, have received a five-year, $5.8 million grant to design this intervention using the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST).

“At least half of people living with HIV in the U.S. are neither sufficiently engaged in HIV primary care nor taking antiretroviral therapy,” said Gwadz. “In particular, African-American/Black and Hispanic people are less likely to be well engaged along the HIV care continuum than their White peers and, as a result, have lower rates of HIV viral suppression, greater morbidity, and earlier mortality from HIV.”

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New Grant To Engineer Better STI Prevention For College Students

September 28, 2015:
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Congratulations to the team of researchers from The Methodology Center and University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) on their recently awarded grant, “Engineering an Online STI Prevention Program.” One in four students will be diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) over the course of their collegiate careers. Binge drinking, which is common among college students, contributes to STI risk factors like casual sex, unprotected sex, and multiple-partner sexual experiences. The research team for this National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism-funded project will use the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) to design an optimized, internet-based intervention that targets the intersection of alcohol use and risky sex among college students.

MOST enables researchers to engineer effective and efficient behavioral interventions. In this study, the researchers will use MOST to strengthen intervention components aimed at reducing risky drinking, risky sex, and their co-occurrence, and then using the strengthened components to form an optimized intervention. The research team comprises Linda Collins, director of The Methodology Center; David Wyrick, associate professor of public health education at UNCG; Kari Kugler, Methodology Center investigator; Amanda Tanner, assistant professor of public health at UNCG; and Jeff Milroy, associate director of the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness at UNCG. The project has three aims: to develop and pilot test intervention components targeting the link between alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors, to build an optimized preventive intervention, and to evaluate the new intervention’s effectiveness through a randomized controlled trial. The resulting intervention will be designed to reduce STI incidence among college students and provide a knowledge base for STI-prevention interventions for other at-risk populations.

NIDA Awards Methodology Center 5-Year Center Grant

September 10, 2015:

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We are delighted to announce that the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently awarded The Methodology Center a $13 million grant to support both ongoing and new research for the next five years.”This grant is the cornerstone of all our scientific funding,” said Linda Collins, Director of The Methodology Center. “Importantly, it is enabling us to launch a new initiative in the area of analysis of complex behavioral data related to substance use and HIV.”The grant will provide funding for three of our largest research projects, all of which are designed to develop research methods for use with complex data sets. Stephanie Lanza, Methodology Center scientific director and professor of biobehavioral health, will direct our mixture models project. In this project, scientists will combine latent class analysis (LCA) and time varying-effect modeling (TVEM) to examine for whom interventions work—or fail to work—and the best timing for intervention delivery. Runze Li, Verne M. Willaman Professor of Statistics and professor of public health sciences, will direct our research on variable screening and selection. In this project, scientists will develop methods for identifying the most important variables in data sets with huge numbers of variables, such as genetic data and ecological momentary assessments (EMA).susanmSusan Murphy, H.E. Robbins Professor of Statistics at The University of Michigan, will direct our third research project. Susan and her team will develop algorithms for just-in-time adaptive interventions (JITAIs), which are mechanisms for delivering interventions through smartphones exactly when they are needed. All of this research serves The Methodology Center’s mission to advance public health by improving experimental design and data analysis in the social, behavioral, and health sciences.This will be the fifth NIDA center grant awarded to the Methodology Center, for a total of 24 consecutive years of funding as a NIDA Center of Excellence.”This grant also provides a large part of the infrastructure that supports the Center,” said Linda. “It is going to enable us to step up our outreach efforts to offer online training about the innovative methods we develop.” The grant started on September 1, 2015, and work on these projects has already begun.