february, 2021

fri26feb9:00 amfri10:30 amWorking with the Program Officer (PO)Grant Incubator Series9:00 am - 10:30 am CST VirtualRegister

Event Details

Join us on Friday, February 26th, at 9 AM as Dr. John C. Higginbotham, Senior Associate Vice President for Research & Economic Development; Founding Director, Institute for Rural Health Research; Professor and Chair, Department of Community Medicine & Population Health discusses working with Program Officers in the Culverhouse Research Grant Incubator Series.


Learn strategies for communicating effectively with POs at Federal agencies. Does your proposal idea match what the sponsor wants to fund? Successful proposals require good writing skills; but, often time writing skills are not enough in achieving awards. This session will discuss the rationale for initiating contact with a program officer, conducting a successful conversation, building essential relational skills, as well as good follow-up such as “thank you” notes. This preliminary effort will ensure that your research proposal idea is in alignment with the agency’s program priorities.

About Dr. John C. Higginbotham

John C Higginbotham, MPH, Ph.D., is the senior associate vice president for Research & Economic Development at The University of Alabama. He is also a professor and chair of the Department of Community Medicine & Population Health, as well as the founding director of the Institute for Rural Health Research. Dr. Higginbotham is an epidemiologist. For more than 30 years, he has taught epidemiology, statistics, evaluation, and research design to both medical and non-medical graduate students. Dr. Higginbotham’s most recent presentations and publications have focused on racial and ethnic disparities related to cancer and other health issues that have particular impact on rural areas. He has been principal investigator or co-investigator in a number of research projects including ones related to predictions of vaccinations among older African-Americans, the psychosocial impact of cancer in rural/urban women, barriers to diabetes care, and reducing obesity in rural Alabama. Dr. Higginbotham holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama, a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a doctorate from the University of Texas Medical Branch.


(Friday) 9:00 am - 10:30 am CST




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