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Grant Writing Bootcamp

Winter Edition (January 2018)


BACKGROUND: The goal of this program is to provide faculty with time and support to write and submit a winning proposal for external funding. This bootcamp will be devoted to the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) R15 mechanism, although applicants for other NIH mechanisms are also eligible to apply. We anticipate making four to six (4-6) awards in the January intercession. Recipients for the winter bootcamp will be expected to devote some time in the fall to lay the groundwork for their proposals in addition to the full-time commitment during the January intercession (January 2-19) to write the research strategy and prepare supplementary documents. Further, they will be expected to participate in programming such as workshops on proposal and budget development and peer review sessions. Faculty members will be paid up to $4,500 for their participation (half of which will be paid following completion of the bootcamp and the other half which will be paid following submission of the proposal).

ELIGIBILITY: This call is open to all faculty across disciplines who plan to submit a NIH R15 proposal and can confirm their ability to attend the workshops and fulfill the writing commitment.

Preference will be given to faculty who have not served as Principal Investigator or Project Director on a major grant and to those who have not received GPSM funding in support of the proposal. Those who are preparing to resubmit an unfunded NIH R15 proposal are encouraged to apply.  

Applicants may receive a follow-up request for clarification after submitting bootcamp applications. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have spoken to a program officer regarding their proposed idea and aims. For support in making such contact, please contact Jan Cushman (ext. 4722) or Melissa Teetzel (ext. 8826).   

DEADLINE: Friday, October 20.

APPLICATION: Submit a one-page specific aims document (include NIH institute to which it will be submitted [note not all institutes or centers participate in R15 parent announcement] as well as anticipated study section for review) and a current CV. Those who are resubmitting should include documentation you wish to provide about the approach to a resubmission (e.g., take aways from a program officer conversation).

Please email your application to 

We anticipate a Summer 2018 Grant Writing Bootcamp dedicated to NSF, followed by another focused on DOE and other federal funding sources.