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Call for Applications - R01 Writing Groups - June 2021 Submissions

Submitting a first successful R01 is a major challenge. The University's KL2 program, a part of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, is again organizing R01 writing groups that will include up to five NIH defined new investigators who are pursuing their first R01 NIH award (or equivalent). Each group will be headed by one or two senior faculty members with extensive success with NIH awards and study section reviewer experience. The groups will foster peer and senior mentoring to produce top quality grant submissions. The groups are not intended to replace grant writing courses or seminars, but, rather, to provide advice, mentoring and time management for the grant writing process. As such, prior participation in grant writing courses or seminars, formal or informal, is encouraged. A team approach has been used nationally and locally to increase success with obtaining first R01s.

The Plan

  1. The groups will meetstarting the first week in January and continue approximately every other week to revise their aims until the middle of February 2021.
  2. In February and March 2021, groups will meetto provide guidance and feedback on the Research Strategy (research plan, significance, and innovation).
  3. In late April or early May 2021 there will be a mock study section. The junior faculty's content mentor or primary mentor will be expected to participate.
  4. In June 2021, the bright, ambitious R01 pursuers will submit their grant.

Admission will be competitive based on a review of the specific aims page and preliminary data in place to support those aims. The application will include the investigator’s draft of specific aims, and are due December 10th, 2020 by emailing necessary documents to Lyalya Sultanova.

Application documents should include:

  • Current Specific Aims Draft following the format and steps in this template (create your bulleted outline link)
  • Your Biosketch
  • A List of collaborators for this proposal including their position, credentials
  • Name of your Senior scientific mentor(s) if not listed in 3.
  • Preliminary data and their relationship to each aim (example here)
  • Evidence of completion of the required institutional Onboarding for new PIs.
  • List of grant writing courses or seminars you have completed.

Please encourage your faculty, who meet new investigator status (never had an R01 or equivalent as PI) and who are well-poised to prepare a competitive application, to participate. The admissions contact is Lyalya Sultanova who will be providing administrative support for the program. 

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Last Updated: 4/13/21