Resources for Researchers

Online Training from the NCI for Researchers

National Cancer Institute Education and Training for Researchers in Clinical Trials, Translational Research, and Survey administration.

Information on Preparing your NIH Biosketch

How to Prepare a Biosketch

WVCTSI offers Clinical Research Design, Epidemiology & Biostatistics Program Assistance

The Biomedical Informatics program has been created to establish an informatics infrastructure to support clinical and translational research in West Virginia. Our mission is to transform the health and healthcare of West Virginians through leading-edge biomedical informatics technologies.

WVU Research Office offers training, professional development courses:

The West Virginia University Research Office is pleased to announce the training and professional development schedule for the various sessions being offered to the entire WVU research community this semester. You can view the entire schedule on the Office of Sponsored Programs web page ( under the Highlights section or review detailed descriptions of many sessions on the OSP - Training and Professional Development page (

HSC Faculty Development

The mission of the Faculty Development Program is to foster the growth of faculty to their maximum potential in the areas of teaching, research, and service while achieving the vision, and mission of the institution. Special effort will also be made to help faculty develop skills to thrive and succeed in a constantly changing environment.

Pre-Award Grant Support

The WVU CI Grants Administrator (Winabeth Smith) is available to help investigators submit grants and proposals. This service is available for all WVU CI Members, especially those whose home departments do not offer these services.
We can:

  • Take care of paperwork so you can concentrate on writing
  • Prepare applications (paper and electronic) for submission
  • Prepare budgets including verification of salaries
  • Prepare "KC Blue Sheet" and submit for internal and OSP review
  • Work with Research office and OSP to correct any errors prior to submission
  • Help with Progress report submissions
  • Maintain parent NIH Biosketch for all WVU CI members
  • Maintain NIH Other support for all WVU CI members
  • Stay abreast of NIH policies related to grants

Contact Winabeth Smith as soon as you think about applying for a grant (but no later than 6 weeks before the due date of the grant. Exceptions to the 6 weeks are on a case-by-case basis)
You will be contacted to schedule a Blue Chair appointment to: 

  • Set up a Timeline for submission dates and a checklist of submission components
  • Review RFA and grant application process as needed
  • Review document template for writing the components, Facilities and Resources, Budget justification, etc.
  • Create a preliminary, including verification of salaries
  • Discuss and provide links for NIH Rigor and Transparency if appropriate
  • Biosketches for Sr/Key personnel  

Contact the Pre-Awards Manager to get started



Internal Grant Opportunities

WVU Internal Funding Sources
  - Link to Office of Sponsored Programs - Funding sources including access to PIVOT- new service that allows searching databases of funding sources.

HSC Office of Research and Graduate Education

West Virginia University Foundation
The WVU Foundation works with private funding sources (individual donors, foundations, corporations) to support West Virginia University. The WVU Research Corporation and the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) coordinate and manage all funding approaches to local, state, and federal government organizations. Please visit the OSP website at for more information about seeking support from public funding sources. Also, use the searchable database for relevant RFP's. 

External Grant Opportunities

Maximizing Investigators' Research Award for New and Early Stage Investigators (R35) - The Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) is a grant to provide support for all of the research in an investigator's laboratory that falls within the mission of NIGMS. It is anticipated that the new mechanism will: Increase the stability of funding for NIGMS-supported investigators, which could enhance their ability to take on ambitious scientific projects and approach problems more creatively; Increase flexibility for investigators to follow important new research directions as opportunities arise, rather than being bound to specific aims proposed in advance of the studies;

National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of eight agencies that compose the Public Health Service (PHS) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)....The National Cancer Institute coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

National Institute of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people's health and save lives, NIH scientists investigates ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases.

American Cancer Society
"The American Cancer Society's research program focuses on beginning investigators, a program of targeted research, and an enhanced commitment to psychosocial and behavioral, health services, health policy, epidemiological, clinical and cancer control research. In response to identified needs in clinical oncology, the Society also sponsors grants in support of training for health professionals seeking to develop their clinical expertise and/or their ability to conduct independent research."

The Cancer Research Institute
"The Cancer Research Institute funds research aimed at furthering the development of immunological approaches to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer. CRI's research programs are designed to recognize and support those researchers around the world who are focused on this area. Today CRI provides funding at every level of scientific inquiry, from coordinated clinical trials to the most basic research, and supports scientist at all career levels."
Concern Foundation
Since 1968, Concern Foundation has funded well over 500 pediatric and adult cancer researchers worldwide studying many forms of cancer, primarily in the areas of immunology, immunotherapy, and the genetics of cancer. Concern specifically funds researchers who lack financial support for their first major research project and provides critically needed start up funds for promising projects. By focusing funding to new investigators, Concern helps to bridge a gap that currently exists in the scientific research community. It is difficult for new investigators to obtain initial grants from major funding sources without sound data. At the same time, it is difficult to obtain sound data without funding.

Prostate Cancer Foundation
"The heart of the Prostate Cancer Foundation's effort to find better treatments and a cure for recurrent prostate cancer is its research awards programs. Each year, the PCF invests millions of dollars in research projects that have the greatest potential to advance the fight against prostate cancer."

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
"For more than 20 years, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has been a global leader in the fight against breast cancer through its support of innovative research and community-based outreach programs. Working through a network of U.S. and international Affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, the Komen Foundation is fighting to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by funding research grants and supporting education, screening and treatment projects in communities around the world."
United States Defense Department - Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

    "The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) originated from a unique partnership among the public, Congress, and the Department of Defense. Grassroots advocacy organizations provided much of the impetus that led to a FY 92 appropriation of $25 million targeted to funding research on the screening and diagnosis of breast cancer among military women and dependents. The CDMRP has expanded to become second only to the National Cancer Institute as a source of funding for breast cancer research. After noteworthy success in managing the research program in breast cancer, the CDMRP was tasked to manage research programs in neurofibromatosis, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, tuberous sclerosis complex, chronic myelogenous leukemia, and prior diseases as well as other specified areas."