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 formats:

  • (1) review of an aims page with brief proposed methods and research team members
  • (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. The GP IDeA-CTR has 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 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; however, are available to all faculty including 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, including professors, assistant professors, associate professors, and instructors.
  • Other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


  1.  Submit a research studio request via the website.
  2.  You will be contacted by the studio coordinator to discuss your availability for best dates and times.
  3. The Professional Development leadership will review your request and suggest additional experts, for a total of 4-6 to participate.
  4.  A doodle poll will be sent to the experts to find the best time to conduct the studio.
  5.  The entire planning process can take up to a month. For individuals with submission deadlines, it is imperative to put in a request 6-8 weeks in advance.
  6.  A meeting location will be reserved by the coordinator and Zoom will be available for those attending from outside of Omaha.
  7.  At the session, the investigator will present their proposal to the group for approximately 10-15 minutes. A PowerPoint may be used but is not required. This will be followed by an open discussion with the experts.
  8.  Each expert provides verbal and written feedback during the session which is sent to the investigator after the studio. The session will also be recorded and sent to the investigator.
  9.  The investigator will be sent a link to evaluate the effectiveness of the session.
  10.  In 6 months and again at 12 months, the studio coordinator will follow-up to ask for a progress report.

Request a Research Studio 

Please select from one of the following options:

  1. Aims page review and refinement: Submit Aims page (1 page) with brief proposed methods (1-2 pages if drafted and you would like feedback).  Identify team members or need to identify team members.
  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 a minimum of 4 weeks (6-8 preferred) prior to grant submission deadline. Please include summary sheet(s) with proposal(s) for discussion as well as any revisions made, if applicable.  
  3. Brainstorming Session: 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