US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health NIMH Webinar Series

Building a Competitive Research Program: What Early Stage
Investigators Need to Know About NIMH and the NIH Grants Process

September 8, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (EDT)


Dr. LeShawndra N. Price, Ph.D.

Dr. LeShawndra N. Price, Ph.D.
NIMH Diversity Supplements Administrator,
Chief, Research Scientist Development Program
Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health

Dr. Karen Gavin-Evans, Ph.D.

Dr. Karen Gavin-Evans, Ph.D.
Scientific Review Officer
Division of Extramural Affairs (NIMH)


The NIMH supports biomedical researchers from high school through college, early career investigator and senior investigator levels. Increasing knowledge and capacity to apply for research funding will result in increased ability of investigators to successfully lead research projects resulting in improved capacity for mental health research. This webinar will (1) introduce investigators to the NIMH; (2) highlight current research areas and areas of special interest to the Institute; (3) demystify the NIH application and review process. Topics will include the NIMH Strategic Plan, the Research Domain Categorization Project (RDoC), finding funding opportunities, the art of the concept paper, submitting your research grant application, what happens to your application once submitted to the NIH, what you can do to enhance the quality of your application, resources for early career investigators, and how to find NIMH staff that can help you navigate the process.


This webinar is appropriate for new and early stage investigators, researchers, graduate students, grant administrators, and anyone interested in learning more about mental health research funding opportunities, the NIMH, NIH, and the grants process.