APRIL 2022


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The Center for Advanced Research Training & Innovation (CARTI) newsletter lists upcoming events, resources, services and grant deadlines for UMB research faculty and fellows.

To register for CARTI's upcoming events, click HERE.

Special Announcement!

Now Launching!

Clinical/Translational Research Training Track Pilot Program

Application Deadline: May 27, 2022 by 5:00pm EST


CARTI is launching a pilot for the Clinical/Translational Research Training Track. This program provides training to UMSOM senior fellows and early-stage faculty who are seeking foundational training in developing and executing a mentored clinical research project, including effectively communicating your research to get published and funded. 

Visit the website to learn more about this pilot program and receive a notification as soon as applications open.

CARTI's Upcoming Seminars


Seminar Series

Writing and Conducting a Systematic Review

Thursday, April 28   •  9:00 – 10:00am (Zoom)


This seminar provides an overview of the systematic review process. According to the Cochrane Handbook, a systematic review is “...a review of a clearly formulated question that uses systematic and explicit methods to identify, select and critically appraise relevant research, and to collect and analyze data from the studies that are included in the review.” This differs from narrative reviews, which are often authored by experts in a field and are generally narrative summaries of a topic. Find out what you should know before starting, important steps for conducting a review and resources to help you throughout the process, including the HSHSL Systematic Review Service.


Speaker: Andrea Goldstein Shipper, MSLIS Research, Education and Outreach Librarian, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, UM

Click HERE to register

Responding to Reviewers

Thursday, May 12   •  9:00 – 10:00am (Zoom)

The ability to effectively respond to reviewers is an important aspect of resubmitting a research paper and having it accepted for publication; however, this process can be a daunting task. During this session, participants will receive helpful advice on how to best respond to reviewers’ comments when resubmitting a research paper.

Speaker: Shannon Takala Harrison, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health, Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, UMSOM

Click HERE to register


Seminar Series

Conflict Resolution for Scientists & Physicians:

Tips for Dealing with Conflicts Successfully

Tuesday, May 10     •    9:00 – 10:00am (Zoom)


Conflicts occur frequently in the workplace and within research teams over differing perspectives, need for resources, personalities, work load and time pressures. This session will help participants better understand their own approach to dealing with conflict, as well as understanding some of the major differences in how others deal with conflict. The goal of this session is to help participants deal with conflicts more successfully, whether in the lab or in the clinic.

Speaker: Toby Guerin, JD, Associate Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (C-DRUM) and Clinical Law Instructor


Click HERE to register


Seminar Series

Writing an Effective Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)

Thursday, April 21   •  12:00 – 1:00pm (Zoom)

Completing your annual research performance progress report (RPPR) describes your scientific progress, significant changes, and plans for the next budgetary period of an NIH funded award. This session will provide best practices for completing an annual RPPR, including what information to track and include, how to structure your report, and what to do if you have a change in your project. Lastly, the session will discuss when and how to discuss your progress with your Program Officer. 


Guest Speaker: Roya Kalantari, PhD, Research Training Officer, Office of Research Training and Special Programs, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH

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Letters of Support for an NIH Career Development (K) Award

Tuesday, April 26  •  9:00 – 9:30am (Zoom)

NIH Career Development (K) Awards require letters of support from your mentor(s), collaborators/consultants, your Department, and 3 references. The letters of support are used by reviewers to score 3 of the 5 core review criteria. This session will discuss the letters of support page limits, content, NIH review criteria, and suggestions for getting the strongest letters possible. 

Speaker: Marey Shriver, PhD, Executive Director for Faculty Development, CARTI, UMSOM


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Increasing Your Research Visibility and Impact

Tuesday, May 17  •  9:00 –9:30am (Zoom)

This seminar will walk you through methods of enhancing the impact of your research. Topics will include establishing your scholarly identity, making strategic publishing decisions, and increasing the discoverability of your work.

Speaker: Andrea Goldstein Shipper, MSLIS Research, Education and Outreach Librarian, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, UM

Click HERE to register


Seminar Series

Department of Defense (DoD) Funding Seminar

Thursday, June 2  •  9:00 –10:00am (Zoom)

The Department of Defense (DoD) offers a number of funding opportunities available to faculty and postdocs. This seminar will introduce participants to the various types of grant applications available through the DoD. Subjects will include how to identify the appropriate award mechanism, tips for applying, and insights into the review process.



Gary Fiskum, PhD

M. Jane Matjasko Professor for Research & Vice Chair, Research

Department of Anesthesiology, UMSOM

Mohummad Minhaj Siddiqui, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of Urologic Oncology and Robotic Surgery;

Chief of Urology, Baltimore VA Medical Center

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Save the Date!

Communicating Research Findings with Broad Audiences

Wednesdays, May 4th, 11th and 18th  •  1:00 – 2:00pm (Zoom)


CARTI is excited to offer a new 3-part seminar series on “Communicating Research Findings with Broad Audiences”. The goal is for faculty to gain a greater appreciation of what it means to effectively communicate research findings or medical advances with audiences having broad, general knowledge and experiences. The seminar series will provide an overview of the practice of inclusive science communications, with a focus on raising participants’ awareness of audience needs, prior knowledge, and biases. Effective communication with two specific audiences will be highlighted: legislators and journalists. The objective is to identify best practices in communications skills to help participants tailor their written and oral projects appropriately, equitably, and respectfully to meet a defined audience’s expectations and needs.  


Additional details and registration will be announced later this month. Contact Julie Rosen, PhD at with any questions.

Scholarly Writing Accountability Group (SWAG) Program

Virtual Program to Help Faculty Increase Their Scholarly Writing Productivity

The Center for Advanced Research Training & Innovation (CARTI) provides a virtual peer accountability/support program designed to increase writing productivity among UMB early stage faculty called Scholarly Writing Accountability Group (SWAG). A description of our virtual SWAG program follows, including details on how to participate.



A virtual SWAG is an active peer-led writing group for UMB junior faculty that meets for 1-hour, once a week over a 10-week period using Microsoft Teams. Groups follow a structured agenda including 15 minutes of updates and goal-setting followed by 30 minutes of individual writing and then 15 minutes of reporting and wrap-up. Each group is limited to 4-8 members who must commit to attending at least 8 out of the

10 weekly sessions. In a SWAG, there is no peer review of writing; SWAGs focus on the process of writing, not the content. The purpose of SWAG is to help junior faculty get in the habit of 1) writing in short blocks of time daily or almost every day and 2) identifying and prioritizing feasible writing goals.

Writing accountability groups are being used at multiple major medical schools. The data which have been reported on the results of this program are very favorable, reflecting marked increases in the quantity and quality of writing by junior faculty participants.

What are the Benefits of Joining a SWAG?


Faculty who join SWAG will:

  • Develop new writing habits to achieve writing goals
  • Improved time management skills
  • Gain a greater sense of control over the writing process
  •  Build a small community of support/social network


If you are interested in participating in a virtual SWAG, please complete the following form HERE.

New groups are being formed on a rolling basis.

Questions? Email Stacie Mendoza

Professional Development Resources

Webinars Recommended by CARTI

Being Truly Responsive: How to Win Over Your Reviewers

You’ve submitted your grant or your paper, and have received comments back from reviewers with a request to resubmit. Now the ball is in your court! There is truly an art to being fully responsive and to addressing concerns. In this webinar, Dr. Inouye will share tricks of the trade, along with a tried-and-true, highly effective approach for responding to reviewer comments.

Watch webinar HERE


Learn How to Report Your NIH-funded Publications Using My Bibliography

Congratulations on your successful NIH grant proposal! As part of the post-award process, you will now have to create and send in annual and final reports (RPPRs) on your progress. This workshop introduces tips and tricks for use of NCBI Account tools for NIH post-award reporting. This session is for NIH funded researchers, their delegates and institutional grants officers with specific task-based, hands-on activities.

Watch webinar HERE

CARTI'S Seminar Slides & Recordings


Join CARTI's Microsoft Teams Page!


This page serves as a hub for CARTI's seminar recordings and slides for the seminar series listed below:


  • Managing Your Research Program
  • Scientific Writing
  • Research Skills (grant writing, presentations, etc)
  • Funding Seminar Series
  • Career Skills Short Seminar Series (30 minute lectures)


To gain access, email Stacie Mendoza.

CARTI'S Individual Consultations

Research Grant Application/Summary Statement Consultations

Christy Chang, PhD, Senior Program Advisor, is available to meet with faculty to discuss writing their first R01 NIH application. Dr. Chang offers consultations regarding readiness and eligibility for R01 level funding, specific aims, and other elements of an R01 application. In addition, she is available to discuss strategies for addressing summary statements and revising research grant applications for resubmission. Email:

Career Development (K) Grant Application/Summary Statement Consultations

Marey Shriver, PhD, Executive Director for Faculty Development, is available to meet with junior faculty to discuss early project conception to the development of a complete NIH career development (K) application. Dr. Shriver offers consultations regarding developing a clear research question and testable hypothesis. In addition, she provides consultations regarding eligibility for K grant applications, planning for an upcoming grant proposal, and assembling a K application – including creating a training plan. Lastly, she is available to discuss strategies for addressing summary statements and revising research grant applications for resubmission. 


Identifying Sources of Funding Consultations

Stacie Mendoza, Program Director, assists junior faculty and postdocs with identifying sources of funding for their research. To schedule a funding consultation, complete the Funding Search Request Form online. Email:

CARTI'S Mini LIbrary


The CARTI's “Mini Library” provides access to books that are relevant to developing the professional skills and success of an academic research career of SOM faculty.

A complete list of books can be found HERE


Books are available in the CARTI office located at

MSTF Building, Room 319 and can be signed out for up to 3 weeks. Email Stacie Mendoza if you would like to set up a time to visit our library.

Clinical & Translational Research Training

Applications are now being accepted by the Graduate School for the:

  • Master of Science in Epidemiology and Clinical Research –Clinical Research Track
  • Certificate Program in Clinical Research 

Both are designed specifically to meet the needs of clinicians and scientists who want further education and training to develop a successful career as a clinical and translational investigator. Graduates will gain the ability to identify important clinical research questions, develop research protocols, generate pilot data, conduct clinical research, analyze and write the results in a publishable form and develop and submit grant proposals. Former students include faculty members (particularly those on or applying for career development awards), fellows, residents and medical and dental students. Please see the details and application deadline for each below:

Master of Science in Epidemiology and Clinical Research – Clinical Research Track 

  • 30 credits
  • Eligible for tuition remission
  • Designed for clinicians and clinicians-in-training wanting to develop a successful clinical research career


Early Admission Deadline: February 15, 2022


Final Application Deadline: May 15, 2022


For more information, visit the website

Certificate Program in Clinical Research 

  •  12 credits
  • Eligible for tuition remission
  • For clinicians and scientists who do not have time to do a full MS but need to gain skills not covered in their health profession or graduate education


Early Admission Deadline: March 1, 2022


Final Application Deadline: May 15, 2022


For more information, visit the website  

For an individual consultation on whether this training is appropriate for you,

please contact Jennifer Albrecht, PhD,

Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development

Faculty Development Workshops

Preparing for Promotion

May 6, 2022

9:00 – 11:00am

Click HERE to register

June 15, 2022

10:00 – 12:00pm

Click HERE to register 

Objectives: Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:


1.    Develop a Clinical Portfolio

2.    Develop a Teaching Portfolio

3.    Learn to correctly research publications and citation analysis

4.    Prepare a correctly formatted Curriculum Vitae



The University of Maryland School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The University of Maryland School of Medicine designates this Live activity for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (2.00 hours), Non-Physician Attendance (2.00 hours)


All of Us Research Program Genomic Data Release

The All of Us Research Program reached an important milestone with the release of its initial genomic dataset. Nearly 100,000 whole genome sequences (WGS) and 165,000 genotyping arrays are now available within the Researcher Workbench, less than two years after the beta launch of the platform. Nearly 50% of the data come from participants who self-identify with a racial or ethnic minority group.

Detailed genomic data are accessible through the Controlled Tier, a level of the Researcher Workbench with stricter requirements for access. This level also includes all of the data currently available in the Registered Tier, as well as additional clinical fields in EHRs, and more granular demographic data from both surveys and EHRs. For example, in the Controlled Tier, researchers can find additional International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes for COVID-19 testing and diagnosis data, real dates of health events, and residential information (first three digits of the ZIP code).


The Controlled Tier is available to registered researchers who have completed additional training and whose institutions have an additional data use agreement in place with All of Us.


UMB's Institutional agreement with All of Us has been expanded to allow Controlled Tier access. Registered All of Us - Research Workbench researchers can now access controlled tier genomics data!


Not a registered researcher? To create an account with All of Us and go through their required trainings, you can go to their registration page,


CDABS has also put together a guide to help walk you through this registration process: 


Questions? Contact Jean-Paul Courneya, Bioinformationist, and Amy Yarnell, Data Services Librarian, at

University of Maryland School of Nursing

Research Seminar Series

Research Consent Part 7:

Electronic Consent: What Is It and What Is It Not?”

 Thursday, April 21    •    12:00 – 1:00pm (Virtual)

Please join SON for part 7 of a multi-part series on consent which will focus on the electronic method of obtaining participant signature on consent documents.

Presenters: Jan Martinez MS, CIP, CLSSGB, UMB IRB Manager and Casey Jackson, MS, CCRP, Research Quality Manager, UMSON

Click HERE to register

NIH COVID-19 Related Updates & Funding

NIH Updates

Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding during COVID-19 Pandemic  (including Funding Opportunities Specific to COVID-19) can be found HERE

COVID-19 Funding Websites

The following websites provide a frequently updated listing of COVID-19 related funding opportunities.

The UMD-College Park Division of Research issues funding alert emails on a weekly

basis. To receive this alert, fill out the online form.  Visit the COVID-19 Research @

UMD page for updates, listings, news, etc.


Funding Opportunities


Community Programs for Outreach and Intervention with Youth and Young Adults at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis

The purpose of this program is to identify, prevent, intervene, and/or lessen the impact of psychotic disorders in youth and young adults, not more than 25 years old, who are at clinical high risk for psychosis and provide evidence-based interventions in a trauma-informed manner to prevent the onset of psychosis.  

APPLICATION DUE: April 18, 2022

Visit website for more information

SAMHSA Webinar: The Office of Financial Resources at SAMHSA will be conducting a webinar on how to develop a competitive grant application on April 14, 2022 and May 3, 2022 at 2 pm (ET). Visit website for more information.


Emerging Leader Award

The Mark Foundation Emerging Leader Awards support innovative cancer research from the next generation of leaders. These grants are awarded to outstanding early career investigators to support high-impact, high-risk projects that are distinct from their current research portfolio.

LOI DEADLINE: May 2, 2022



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Science Diversity Leadership Award

Science Diversity Leadership Awards from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will recognize the leadership and scientific accomplishments of outstanding early- to mid-career researchers at U.S. universities, medical schools, or nonprofit research institutes who have a record of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in their scientific fields.


Visit website for more information.


Improving Postpartum Maternal Outcomes for Populations Experiencing Disparities

PCORI is seeking to fund large randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and/or well-designed observational studies comparing multicomponent strategies to improve early detection of and timely care for complications up to six weeks postpartum for groups more often underserved or experiencing the greatest disparities in health outcomes, including Black, American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN), Hispanic, rural, and low socioeconomic status (SES) populations. 

LOI Due: June 1, 2022 by 5pm (ET)

APPLICATION DUE: August 31, 2022 by 5pm (ET)

Visit website for more information.


Health System Strategies to Address Disparities in Hypertension Management & Control

PCORI is seeking to fund large randomized controlled trials comparing health system strategies to improve hypertension control and health outcomes for populations experiencing disparities in outcomes (e.g., Black, Hispanic, rural, and/or uninsured individuals). 

LOI Due: June 1, 2022 by 5pm (ET)

APPLICATION DUE: August 31, 2022 by 5pm (ET)

Visit website for more information.

Additional funding opportunities can be found at:


UMSOM Internal Funding Opportunities & External Funding Databases


UMGCCC Funding Database

(Cancer related research)

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