Event: Strategies for Strengthening Grant Proposals


Workshop in Methods led by Patricia Mabry (IUNI Executive Director)



Friday, Feb 10th 2017 at 2:00 PM
Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)


Dr. Patricia Mabry, "Strategies for Strengthening Grant Proposals"

2-4pm, Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn Hall 200)


Dr. Patricia Mabry is the Executive Director for the IU Network Science Institute (IUNI).  Prior to joining IU in October of  2015, she spent 15 years at the National Institutes of Health. There, among other things, she established an interdisciplinary program in systems science, and served as a member of the Big Data to Knowledge Executive Committee. Because she was in the Office of the Director for the majority of her tenure at NIH, and because of the interdisciplinary focus of her program, she worked with investigators across a broad spectrum of disciplines, and has worked with most of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the NIH.  Through these experiences, she came to realize that there were a common core of issues that many investigators shared in common. In this presentation Dr. Mabry will share the compilation of the advice she gave in response to these issues. By attending this presentation, you will: 1) learn to decode NIH-speak, 2) learn how the NIH operates 3) learn specific strategies for strengthening your proposal, 4) hear important differences across funding agencies, 5) learn about peer review 6) learn how to fit your work into funding opportunities, and much more. Even a seasoned investigator is likely to learn something new!

Dr. Mabry is the Executive Director of the Indiana University Network Science Institute (IUNI) and is a Senior Research Scientist in the IU-Bloomington School of Public Health. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, educational offerings, methodological innovation, theoretical development, and provision of supercomputing and IT resources, IUNI nurtures 21st century network science among over 150 affiliated IU faculty. Prior to joining IU in October of 2015, Dr. Mabry had a 15-year career at the National Institutes of Health serving in the National Cancer Institute’s Tobacco Control Research Branch, the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP). At NIH Dr. Mabry established and led a systems science program in the behavioral and social sciences and served on the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Executive Committee. She also led ODP’s portfolio analysis tool development team. Dr. Mabry launched her post-doctoral career at the Medical University of South Carolina where she divided her time between teaching behavioral aspects of medicine to medical students, delivering psychological services, and conducting research in tobacco control. She also worked in a small business developing personalized, computer-delivered, behavior change programs (e.g., smoking cessation, dietary and physical activity goal-setting and adherence). Her expertise spans obesity, tobacco control, diabetes, mood disorders, systems science, scientific rigor, and big data. Her work has been published in Science, the American Journal of Public Health, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, and PLoS Computational Biology. Dr. Mabry is a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and was a 2008 recipient the Applied Systems Thinking Prize. Dr. Mabry holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia.