Resources to Address Rigor and Reproducibility in Your Grants and Manuscripts: The New Requirements

Des Moines, IA US
January 17, 2018

Target Audience

This activity is open to DMU faculty and staff only.

Sponsored by the DMU Office of Research and Hanover Research. Lunch will be served. 


Two cornerstones of science advancement are rigor in designing and performing scientific research and the ability to reproduce research findings. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has revised application instructions and review criteria to enhance reproducibility of research findings through increased scientific rigor and transparency. 
These updates took effect for research grants submitted in 2016 and beyond.  The Nature Publishing Group, Science, and the NIH have also made joint commentary on identifying the common opportunities in the scientific publishing arena to enhance rigor and further support research that is reproducible, robust, and transparent. 
Come learn about these newly integrated requirements relating to Rigor and Reproducibility. 

Four Areas of Focus

  • Scientific Premise
  • Scientific Rigor
  • Biological Variables
  • Authentication


Bryan DeBusk, PhD, GPC

Since 2008, Bryan has helped clients obtain more than $100 million in funding from government agencies and private foundations including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other health-related agencies and organizations. Bryan assists basic and clinical health researchers prepare competitive proposals by providing comprehensive consulting support including writing, review, and revision. With an academic background in the health sciences and experience obtaining external funding for his own program of research in a university setting, Bryan brings both scientific expertise and grants development skills to the consulting relationship that equip him to help researchers improve the quality of their proposed work as well as the clarity of the presentation. Bryan’s NIH experience includes preparation of proposals for most of the agency’s institutes and centers through the research (e.g., R01, R03, R15, R24) and program/center (e.g., P01, P50) grant mechanisms as well as training grants (e.g., T32), cooperative agreements (e.g., U19, U54, UH2/UH3), and others. His clients routinely receive Impact/Priority Scores of 25 or better, and he has served as lead consultant on proposals scored in the first percentile.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.50 CPME
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
01/17/2018 - 11:30am CST
Event ends: 
01/17/2018 - 1:00pm CST
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Continuing Education Credit

  • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.5 continuing education contact hours.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.5 AOA Category 2-A credit and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Other Professionals: This live activity is designated for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.50 CPME


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