Lessons for Success Application Instructions
The 2018 Lessons for Success conference is scheduled for Monday, April 23, through Wednesday, April 25, at the ASHA National Office in Rockville, Maryland.
To apply, access the online application system during the application period. Complete the online form, upload all of the following materials as PDF documents, and submit the entire application by 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday, December 1, 2017.
- Cover Letter (limit 1 page)
Describe how you will benefit from participating in Lessons for Success, and provide any further information you want reviewers to know regarding your career trajectory, grant status, or any special circumstances affecting your history.
- Complete, extramural research grant proposal
Your application must include a complete, extramural research grant proposal for which you had the primary role in conceptualizing and writing. A complete proposal must include all grant sections except for the budget or other sensitive financial information. If the proposal includes a biosketch that lists grades, they should be redacted or blacked out. (See FAQs for what qualifies as extramural funding and what qualifies as a complete research proposal.)
This grant will not be used in evaluating your application. Rather, if you are selected to attend, this grant will be shared with Lessons for Success faculty and attendees and used in didactic sessions. You should select a grant that you are comfortable sharing with others and hearing critiqued in front of the group as part of a mock review or section analysis session. If you are selected to participate, you will have the opportunity to discuss with your assigned Lessons for Success faculty member an additional, in-progress grant.
If you are submitting a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant proposal, please submit a PDF of the grant only, not the entire NIH Adobe package. Please submit any summary statement of reviewer critiques, if available.
- PI Consent Form [PDF] (if applicable)
You are expected to submit a grant for which you had the primary role in conceptualizing and writing. However, if you are not the named or sole PI, you must submit a consent form signed by the PI. This form affirms that you were a major participant in the writing and development of the grant and gives permission to use the grant as conference material. Be sure to fill in your name and the name of the grant proposal before requesting a signature.
- 5-Year Career Plan (limit 2–3 pages, 11-point font, single-spaced)
The 5-year career plan should provide an overview of your goals and steps to achieve those goals. The plan should include three sections: teaching, research, and service. The amount of effort devoted to each area and the nature of activities within each category should vary based upon the type of university at which you are employed, as well as your career stage. Predoctoral and postdoctoral students may include a section on research training, either in addition to the other components or instead of an irrelevant component. You should include only those components that are appropriate to your career stage. See career plan template [PDF].
- Research Statement (limit 1 page, 11-point font, single-spaced)
The research statement should provide an overview of your research program (including its anticipated development) over the next 3–5 years. The statement should specify (a) the major goals, including theoretical framework, questions, and significance of your line of research; (b) the major methods you use to address those goals; and (c) the funding sources you plan to target. The statement you provide will be reviewed as part of the application; for those chosen to participate, the Research Statement will provide the assigned program faculty with an overview of research plans. You should include your name, education, and current affiliation and position at the top of the research statement. See research statement template [PDF].
- Modified NIH Biographical Sketch (limit 5 pages)
Follow the Modified NIH Biosketch Instructions and Sample [PDF]. It is based on the NIH General Biosketch-Form Version D, with the following modifications:
- Includes only those instructions relevant to Research Grant (R-series) biosketches;
- Sample is representative of an early-career stage researcher applying for a Research Grant (R series);
- Personal Statement justifies why you are well-suited to participate in Lessons for Success;
- Includes sections that allow inclusion of additional publications and research funding submissions.