NSF-NIH Smart and Connected Health Aspiring PI Workshop

Contacts: Wendy Nilsen, wnilsen@nsf.govDavid Stout, dastout@nsf.gov

Note: To maximize workshop learning objectives, we encourage all workshop participants to prepare and submit a 1-page Project Summary document, but is not required to participate in the workshop. We encourage all participant to visit the NSF webpage and use the provided template for Project Summary for submissions. Please be advised the 1-page Project Summary proposal document and conference paper submission document are two separate documents.   Please email your project summary no later than February 26, 2018  to David Stout, PhD at NSF at dastout@NSF.gov.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to identify key criteria of the NSF-NIH jointly funded SCH program, the transdisciplinary scientific process, and the SCH review process
  2. As part of participation, attendees will be able to gain valuable mentorship from current SCH PIs
  3. Upon completion, participants will have the knowledge to work towards developing quality proposals for submission


This workshop will be an informational and interactive opportunity for Smart and Connected Health (SCH) Aspiring Investigators to develop skills and address the knowledge gaps necessary to submit a successful SCH proposal. The goal of the SCH program is to accelerate the development and use of innovative approaches that would support the much needed transformation of health and healthcare. The mission of the Smart and Connected Health program is the development of next generation health and healthcare research through high-risk, high-reward advances in connecting data, systems and people through fundamental advances in information science, computer science, behavioral and social sciences, engineering and medicine. Realizing the promise of disruptive transformation in health and healthcare will require well-coordinated, multidisciplinary approaches. The Aspiring Investigator workshop will support the development of researchers interested in submitting research to the SCH program. The workshop will accomplish this through mentorship and didactic sessions to acquaint Aspiring investigators with the key issues associated with SCH, the joint NSF-NIH review process, and the breadth of existing projects funded by the SCH program.

Seminar Outline

  1. Introduction and overview of Smart and Connected Health — 20 min – SCH Program Staff
    Discussion of the types of research supported through Smart and Connected Health, common challenges that PIs encounter with proposals to SCH, and tips for improving SCH proposals.
  2. Small group mentoring — 45 min — Program Staff and Current SCH PIs
    SCH PIs will work as pairs to lead discussions. SCH grantees and program staff will mentor Aspiring PIs on developing research proposals appropriate for the SCH program.
  3. SCH Experts Roundtable and Conclusions – 25 Min — SCH PI Experts
    The roundtable includes topics, such as, Topics include: Engaging multidisciplinary teams; Evaluation plans? What stands out in panel?