March 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.

Exciting News!

The Office of Research Career Development (RCD) is now the new Center for Advanced Research Training & Innovation (CARTI) at UMSOM. Read the full announcement about the launch of the new Center HERE.

The mission of the Center for Advanced Research Training & Innovation (CARTI) is to nurture and grow an expanded cadre of biomedical and clinician scientists. In addition, the Center will help identify and facilitate access to advanced research training and research career development. There also will be a special mission focus on professional development for underrepresented minorities and women.

CARTI will exist as a hub for training in foundations of research, scientific communication, and leadership skills necessary to succeed in an academic research institution. Visit our website!

CARTI's Upcoming Seminars


Seminar Series

Tips for Writing Case Reports, Commentaries and Review Articles

Thursday, March 24   •  9:00 – 10:00am (Zoom)


This session will help clinicians/clinician educators learn how to initiate and develop peer reviewed publications that don’t involve “traditional” peer-reviewed research. Participants will also learn strategies to get the most out of being promoted with these types of publications (e.g. Do the literature search for a grand rounds talk and then publish a review; involve a trainee in a case report and get points for mentoring and a publication).


Speaker: Rose Marie Viscardi, MD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics, UMSOM

Click HERE to register


Seminar Series

Time Management; including When to Say “Yes” and

How and When to Say “No”

Tuesday, March 29     •    9:00 – 10:00am (Zoom)


Early stage faculty face many demands on their time, and need to be strategic in identifying requests that are appropriate and which they can fulfill, as well as those which are beyond their field of expertise or may be too time consuming at an early stage in their career. Dr. Lumpkins will address some of the most difficult scenarios facing new faculty: when to say “yes” to requests for service, teaching, collaborating, etc., and when – and how- to say “no” to requests, especially when these requests are made by senior faculty/your chairman. 


Dr. Lumpkins will provide criteria for identifying requests that may further a junior faculty member’s career. She will also provide tips for declining requests professionally, and in a way that leaves the door open to opportunities subsequently. She will conclude this session with tips for managing your time strategically.


Speaker: Kimberly Lumpkins, MD, MBA, FACS, FRCS (Eng); Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery & Urology, UMSOM

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Seminar Series

Giving a Good Research Talk

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


This seminar will address the information covered in a research talk, including how to use graphics appropriately. This seminar is intended to help participants understand how to communicate their research effectively and address some of the common mistakes speakers make when presenting their research.


Speaker: Ronna Hertzano, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, UMSOM

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Overview of NIH Career Development (K) Awards

Thursday, March 17   (Zoom)

9:00 – 10:30am (Lecture)

10:30 – 11:00am  (Optional Breakout sessions)


This seminar is intended for new/junior faculty who are considering applying for an NIH career development (K) award and will help determine if it is an appropriate mechanism for their research and further training. This seminar is intended as an introduction to NIH K awards (K01, K08, K23) and will not cover how to write an NIH K award (a small interactive course on writing a K award will be available in the fall of 2022). The following subjects will be covered:

  • Components of a K award
  • Eligibility and competitiveness for a K award
  • Preliminary steps, including developing a fundable research question, identifying your mentor(s) and communicating with your Program Officer
  • Review Criteria for a K Award


The session will conclude with optional 30-minute breakout sessions. During the breakout sessions participants will have the opportunity to interact with the speaker, recent K awardees, and an NIH peer reviewer and ask questions related to their grant application.


Speaker: Marey Shriver, PhD, Director, Office of Research Career Development, UMSOM

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Writing Your First NIH R01 Grant Application:

Two-Part Seminar Series



Tuesday, March 22   •  9:00 – 10:00am (Zoom)



Wednesday, April 6   •  9:00 – 10:00am (Zoom)


This two-part seminar series is targeted to new/junior faculty members who have not yet applied to the NIH or who are planning to prepare their first R01 application. Please see the details and topics for each session below.


Part 1:  Topics include:  

  • When does NIH consider an investigator ready for R01?  
  • Best ways to structure specific aims  
  • How to demonstrate innovation and feasibility  
  • Avoid known major weakness and common pitfalls  
  • Know your reviewers  


Part 2:  Topics include:  

  • Tips on effective grant writing and formatting 
  • How to make your reviewers your advocates 
  • Preparing a winning mindset for grant writing 
  • Big picture: how to extrapolate NIH statistics to your grant writing 

Speaker: Christy Chang, PhD, Senior Program Advisor, CARTI, UMSOM  

Click HERE to register


Seminar Series

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Funding Information Session

Tuesday, March 8     •    1:00 – 2:30pm (Zoom)

Guest Speaker: Yewande Akinbami, MD, MPH, Program Officer, Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science, PCORI


The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) offers a variety of funding opportunities supporting comparative clinical effectiveness research with a focus on options and outcomes important to patients and others across the healthcare community. This seminar will focus on grantsmanship and the different types of funding opportunities offered by PCORI.


Major subjects will include:


  • PCORI’s mission
  • Identifying the right funding opportunity
  • How to apply, eligibility requirements and deadlines
  • Elements of a competitive proposal
  • Review Process
  • Navigating PCORI’s website
  • How to become a peer reviewer


Target audience: Faculty and postdoctoral fellows conducting comparative clinical effectiveness research.


For more information on PCORI funding, visit the PCORI website

Click HERE to register

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

Articles Recommended by CARTI

Not that kind of Conference: Attending Clinical Conferences as a PhD

Read strategies for connecting with peers, expanding your understanding, and building your network when attending clinical conferences as a basic scientist.

Full article HERE

Connecting Through Poster Sessions

Preparing for an upcoming conference? Read suggestions on how to maximize the design and readability of your poster. The article also includes additional resources for graphics and poster templates. Full article HERE

Helping Students Find the Focus of Their Manuscript

Learn key questions to help guide students preparing their first manuscript and learning to tell their scientific story. Full article HERE

Getting Expectations in Line with an Online Mentoring Agreement

Are you preparing to welcome a new mentee to your lab? Vanderbilt now has a online mentee-mentor agreement tool that allows you to establish expectations for working in your group. The assessment takes 30-45 minutes to complete, and should be taken within 3 months of joining a lab.  

Full article 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)


This page will be updated with materials for future seminars once they become available. 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

March 11, 2022

10:00 – 12:00pm

Click HERE to register

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)

Professional Development and Leadership Lecture Series

Effective Communication

 Thursday, March 24     •    2:00 – 3:00pm (Zoom)

Effective Communications Overview: Good communication is a key element of any relationship, and in professional development it is essential. In this active workshop, we will be reflecting on and identifying characteristics of effective communication skills.

Speaker: Jennifer Aumiller, MEd, Director, Pre & Postdoctoral Career Development, University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Click HERE to register


Accreditation: 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 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

University of Maryland School of Nursing

Research Seminar Series

Research Consent Part 6:

Vulnerable Populations, Assents, and Short Form

 Thursday, March 17     •    12:00 – 1:00pm (Virtual)

Please join us as we host part 6 of a multi-part series on consent. Presented by Jon Mark Hirshon, MD, PhD, MPH, FACEP. Dr. Hirshon will be discussing informed consent within the context of vulnerable populations as well as use of assents and short form consents in human subjects research.

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


Pilot Project Program

This grant program provides grants of $25,000-50,000 for pilot studies related to health equity in the context of cardiovascular and metabolic health and disease. Senior post-docs and junior faculty (“Early Stage Investigators”) are eligible to apply. This would include UMB, UMBC, and UMCP among other schools in Maryland or DC. 


APPLICATION DUE: April 30, 2022

Visit website for more information


DxQI Seed Grant

SIDM is seeking proposals for grants to carry out 12-month

diagnostic quality and safety improvement projects.

DEADLINE; March 25, 2022

Visit website for more information


Harrington Scholar-Innovator Grant

The Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award recognizes physician-scientist innovators throughout the US and Canada, whose research has the potential to change standard of care. The Scholar-Innovator Award provides research and drug development support to help bridge the gap between basic discovery and the clinical realm.

LOI DEADLINE: March 28, 2022


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  • Research Grants for Independent Investigators
  • Mentored Research Grants

ACS funds basic, translational, clinical, and cancer control research

DEADLINES: April 1 and October 15, 2022

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Pilot Grant for Community Engaged Research (CEnR)

This Pilot Grants provide starter funds for projects specifically focused on innovative Community-Engaged Research (CEnR). This round will test novel approaches to addressing health problems through community-engaged implementation that involve faculty from the UMB Schools of Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, or Social Work; UMBC, UMCP, and UMB-community partnerships. Funding is provided through the UMB ICTR internal funding mechanism. 

DEADLINE: April 11, 2022, 5 pm (EST)  

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Research Awards

FWW targets small, short-term studies with promise for improving medical care in leading women’s health concerns including cardiovascular disease, female cancers, the role of hormones in disease and stage-of-life health issues like pregnancy and menopause and diseases disproportionately affecting women. FWW also funds studies on sex differences where gender or sex has been under examined.

DEADLINE: April 25, 2022

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Additional funding opportunities can be found at:


UMSOM Internal Funding Opportunities & External Funding Databases


UMGCCC Funding Database

(Cancer related research)

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