If you’re considering applying to the Ingenuity Grant Program, you might be interested in hearing from one of our past winners. We asked Vivien Sheehan, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hematology Center, to answer a few questions about her experience with the grant program and her use of Ingenuity Variant Analysis. Here’s what she had to say:
Q: Why did you decide to apply for the Ingenuity grant program? What did you hope the tools would help you to accomplish?
A: I had heard about the high-quality pathway analyses possible with Ingenuity at a few conferences, and wanted to use it to analyze the whole exome sequencing data as part of my sickle cell anemia/pharmacogenomics project.
Q: How was the application process in terms of ease of submission and clarity of what was expected?
A: The Ingenuity application process was by far the simplest of any grant I’ve applied for; I simply described my project and my future goals.
Q: As a past winner, are there any tips you would offer someone else submitting a proposal to this program?
A: The application process is simple; just make some modifications of existing grant applications, or get some practice writing a proposal, depending on your stage.
Q: Now that you have worked with Variant Analysis, was it worth the time you spent on the grant submission to have access to this tool?
A: Applying was definitely worth my time. I’ve gained an exceptionally useful tool, and had several productive and informative interactions with the Ingenuity staff.
Q: If you hadn’t won this grant, how would you have had to conduct your analysis?
A: Without this grant, I would be doing individual PubMed searches and making use of free programs that are far less user-friendly, versatile, and informative.
Our thanks to Vivien for taking the time to offer her advice for new grant applicants. There’s not much time left to submit your proposal to win free access to Ingenuity Variant Analysis or IPA — so hurry! The deadline is August 23, 2013.