Group consultations, or "Modeling Parties," are designed to help faculty develop and critique their grant design. The modeling parties allow investigators to have their work reviewed informally before it is sent to the sponsor for an official review.
During a modeling party, the investigator meets with three to five reviewers who are experienced with research design and analysis, the subject matter, the grant type and/or have served on funder review committees. The reviewers read a draft of the grant in advance and come prepared to discuss the strengths and weaknesses in a constructive way.
Reviewers typically give feedback on the fundability of the project, the clarity of the aims, whether the proposed research plan will fulfill the aim, and the scientific merit of the research plan. The PI may also have some specific questions that they pose to the reviewers in advance.
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