This page was set up to help members of the Montefiore Department of Family & Social Medicine be more productive academically. It is a work in progress and we appreciate any feedback and suggestions.  Please send these to Matt Anderson.

What is on this page:

  • Here is the link to the Grants Generating Spreadsheet.  The spreadsheet includes specific information on
    • funding opportunities
    • meetings
    • journals
    • locating various types of resources.
  • Our calendar page lists meetings and submission deadlines for conferences attended by DFSM members.
  • Getting Started & Finding Funding: Concept Papers, Finding Preliminary Data, Literature reviews, NIH Funding
  • Writing Grants: Resources for Grants
  • Posters: Many posters are dull. Here is some advice on making good posters.
  • Resources for Writing: Links to useful articles on writing academic papers and making good posters.

Getting Started & Finding Funding

Concept Papers:

Concept papers are a brief (3-5 page) description of what you intend to do.  Often your initial contact with a funder will be through a concept paper.  Here are some models for different types of concepts papers:

Finding Preliminary Data:

Data can be downloaded from Clinical Looking Glass (CLG) easily.  This may give a crude estimate of the prevalence of a problem, good enough for a grant proposal or a letter of intent.  Anna Flattau has experience in doing this.

Card studies are also a crude way to estimate the size of problems.  DFSM faculty with card study experience include:  Matt Anderson (whiff test, incarceration),  Joanna Dognin (Mental health needs at FHC),  Diane McKee (colon cancer screening)

Literature Reviews:

The AECOM library has a tremendous set of resources available to you.  First, they offer classes covering searches and use of bibliographic software.   Many of these classes are offered as webinars so you do not actually have to go to the library.  In addition, those associated with AECOM have access to EndNotes and RefWorks which are two bibliographic management softwares.  You should not be writing any papers without using one of these softwares. The librarians are very approachable and helpful.

NIH Funding:

We found the slideshow Grant Writing for Success (made by the NIH) to be a useful introduction to NIH funding.  The CRISP Database (Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects) is a master database of biomedical research funded by the Federal government.  It will give you an idea of what is being funded and by whom.

Writing Grants

Inexperienced grant writers may want to sign up for the Grant Generating Project run out of the University of Virginia FP department.  The link is on the spreadsheet.

Alice Fornari and Janet Townsend left us with a powerpoint entitled Writing Educational Grants.

All Federal Grants are submitted through  For grants originating at AECOM, this is done through the CAYUSE system.  To get a password contact Mona.


Don’t overwhelm your audience with text.  Here are some sites with poster advice:

Creating Effective Poster Presentations: An interactive website from the North Carolina State University

How to Make an Effective Poster: An academic paper from Respiratory Care

How to Make a Poster Using Powerpoint: One of several websites explaining how to use Powerpoint to make posters.

Powerpoint Templates for Posters: These can be downloaded from the site. The models look pretty text heavy.

Creating Critical Anthropology Conference Posters: A Guide for Beginners is a pretty thorough introduction and covers the use of Powerpoint (both basics and advanced techniques) for posters.

Writing Resources

The American College of Physicians has a webpage with advice for residents and fellows on Writing a Research Abstract.

The Inside View on Writing for Medical Journals by former BMJ editor Richard Smith is a useful introduction.

Writing it Up A Step-by-Step Guide to Publication for Beginning Investigators by Mark Kliewer is a detailed discussion of writing radiology papers that should be generalizable to most medical writing.  Medical writing is highly structured and this (IMHO) makes medical writing rather easy.  Kliwer argues that a paper is made up of 18 paragraphs and tells you how to write each one.

Page author: Matt Anderson

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