Research Studios


The GP IDeA-CTR is pleased to offer Research Studios for early career investigators to help refine their research with one of the following:

  • (1) review of an aims page with brief proposed methods
  • (2) grant review before submission (simulated mock NIH review)
  • (3) brainstorming session for investigators who have hit a funding roadblock

The Research Studio program was developed by Vanderbilt University, and has been implemented at various institutions across the country. For our GP IDeA-CTR, we have adapted and enhanced the program to bring together a team of multidisciplinary scientists to help investigators with one of the three needs identified above. In general, our goals are intended to enhance research quality, improve funding success, foster networking, and facilitate development of multi-disciplinary teams.

If you would like to participate in a studio, we will help assemble a multidisciplinary team (approximately 4-6 experts) and set up one, 60-90 minute session. Depending on your request (aims page review, mock review or brainstorming) you will be asked to provide written information for review (see below). Please note that we can set up remote meetings through video conferencing, if necessary.


The goal of the Research Studios is to support the professional development of faculty who are assistant or associate professors. With suggestions from the trainee, relevant experts are identified to provide feedback on strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities of the trainee’s research. Such consultation will not only advance the research and scholarship agendas of these faculty, it will also help expand their professional networks. The studios provide a chance to bring a more senior scholar or scholars from local and outside universities to participate in this opportunity. A key objective of the studio is to offer this support at a critical time in the faculty member’s career.


  • Faculty from participating institutions who are not full professors (with preference to assistant and associate professors). Priority will be given to individuals who have unsuccessfully applied for prior Great Plains IDeA-CTR funding (Scholar or Pilot program applications).
  • Previous or current Scholar/Pilot awardees are not eligible.
  • Other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Fill out the request form through the link below and attach your proposal and biosketch to be reviewed.

Request Research Studio Options

Please select from the following option that best meets your needs for the studio (1, 2, or 3)
  1. Aims page review and refinement. Submit aims page (1 page) with brief proposed methods (1 -2 pages if drafted and you want feedback).
  2. Mock review of grant application. Submit Aims page plus a 6-page research strategy (that addresses Significance, Innovation, and Approach – design, sample, variables/measures, procedure, and data analysis sections) for review 4 weeks prior to grant submission deadline. No appendices please.
  3. Brainstorming Session, particularly for individuals that have hit a funding roadblock. Submit previous short narrative describing the status of grant submissions and what you want the reviewers to focus on. Include summary sheet(s) with proposal(s) for discussion.


For additional information or to set up a studio, please contact the Great Plains IDeA-CTR office at 402-552-2260 or
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