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1 How to be # 1 Charles van der Horst, MD Professor of Medicine University of North Carolina Visiting Professor Wits University Johannesburg

2 A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step Chinese Proverb

3 Early ID Fellowship Virology Lab Faculty app’t Duke Lab NIAID Contract ACTUs PI UNC ACTU Malawi, South Africa ????

4 10 Ways to be # 1 1.Articulate a vision 2.Preach from the top 3.Brag 4.Get rid of deadwood 5.Find the best, the brightest, the hungriest 6.Tear down the barriers 7.Prime the pump 8.Teach them to write 9.Be a team player 10.Listen, learn, don’t give up

5 # 1 Articulate a vision What are your goals? What areas do you want to focus on? What is your 1 year, 5 year, 10 year plans? Where does research fit into your other priorities (clinical, civic)? What is local? What international? How can you get there?

6 # 2 Preach from the top Your President, Chancellor, Provost, Hospital CEO and CFO, and Deans have to be on message! They have to buy in to your vision statement They have to provide access to donors They have to provide access to indirect costs and clinical income

7 # 3 Brag Create a brand and write a story Advisory Boards –Legislators –Donors –Advocacy groups Facebook, web Learn what the faculty in your university are doing and brag about it –Research days for trainees and students –Prizes for junior faculty and students

8 # 4 Get rid of the deadwood Are they writing peer reviewed papers? Are they obtaining grants? Are they using the bench space allotted to them? No Fire them

9 # 5 Hire the Best and the Brightest Hire young hungry faculty who can write and work in your focus areas –Abstracts without papers is a bad sign –Gaps without writing papers is a bad sign –No grants in years is a bad sign –Ask for a full CV and an NIH Biosketch Hire mid-level faculty with track record of grants to create new areas for focus –Don’t forget the spouses!

10 #6 Tear Down the Barriers Clinical duties Teaching duties Space Create listserv and send out all Funding Opportunity Announcements Mentoring groups (Thesis committees) Have grant writing support people –Budgets, biosketches, other support pages –Outlines for grants and budget justification –Health sciences librarian

11 Grant Opportunities –NIH –CDC –Wellcome Trust –USAID –Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation –Doris Duke Charitable Foundation –European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership –Pharmaceutical companies (Pfizer, Tibotec)

12 # 7 Prime the Pump Small grants $10,000-$20,000 for 1 year Biostatistics and epidemiology consultations

13 # 8 Learn to write K30 year long grant writing seminar How to write a manuscript workshop –Start with an outline –Read out loud How to write a grant workshop –Read the FOA (include review criteria) –Make an outline –Start with specific aims

14 1.The Craft of Scientific Writing” by Michael Alley, 3 rd Edition, Springer Verlag Reese and Woods “The Craft of Scientific Writing” Michigan State University Matthews, Bowen & Matthews. Successful Scientific Writing. A step-by-step guide for the biological and medical sciences. Cambridge University Press, Gopen & Swan. The science of scientific writing. American Scientist. 1990; 78: References on Writing

15 # 9 Be a team player Create working groups in your focus areas –Epidemiologist, clinicians, laboratory scientists, social scientists –Include trainees, young faculty and senior faculty Create spaces for networking-coffee shop, atriums Don’t promote mean people Make friends at meetings

16 # 10 Listen, Learn; But Be Brave and Don’t Take No for an Answer Don’t be arrogant Respond to reviewers and reviews Ask for advice –CDC and NIH project officers –Colleagues –Outside experts Send papers (outlines) and grants (specific aims) for review by friends

17 Funding Provided by National Institutes of Health –ACTG, CFAR, ICORTA-TB/AIDS, Fogarty Global Health Fellows, NIDA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (The BAN Study) USAID (Safeguard the Family)

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