InCHIP NIH Grant Writing Boot Camp


The InCHIP NIH Grant Writing Boot Camp provides UConn faculty who are interested in writing either a NIH research (R-series) or career development (K-series) award with: 1) an introduction to the NIH grant writing process; and 2) structure, accountability, and support through a peer writing group.

The boot camp will include seven hour-long didactic sessions during the 2022 Spring semester (and one additional session for K-Award applicants). Participants will benefit from interdisciplinary collegiality, learn best practices in NIH-style grant writing, and be ready to write a grant proposal in the spring and summer months. During the writing process, participants will be invited to join small groups where they will give and receive feedback to their peers under the guidance of experienced InCHIP principal investigators.

Application Deadline: January 10, 2022 (Application Closed)

Program Structure:

  • 7-8 Didactic Sessions (one hour each) where participants will learn the basics of NIH grant writing from InCHIP Research and Development staff and experienced PIs.
  • Optional- Monthly Peer Writing Group held during the spring and summer months where participants will give and receive feedback on the various sections of their grants.
  • Optional Pre-Submission External Review: ~6 weeks before the NIH deadline, participants will work with Boot Camp leaders to identify appropriate external reviewers, whom InCHIP will then contact to solicit a NIH-style written review (note: InCHIP provides external reviewers with a small honorarium).

When are the Meetings?

Every Monday between 12:20 – 1:10 pm EST via Zoom starting from January 24th to March 7th 2022.

Who Should Participate?

We invite UConn faculty doing health-related research who are either new to NIH grants (including those with experience with other funding such as NSF) or have submitted unfunded applications to NIH previously and wish to brush up on best practices to participate.

Time Commitment:

Participants are required to attend all 1 hour virtual sessions (held every Monday for 7 weeks). At the conclusion of this didactic portion, participants who are ready to start writing their application may choose to participate in the monthly peer writing groups. This will entail an additional commitment of a one hour meeting each month, plus the time it takes to write an NIH application and read drafts of peers’ work.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to the NIH, finding funding, and building your team
  • Structuring your sales pitch-writing an NIH-style Specific Aims section
  • Communicating your Research Strategy – Significance, Innovation, Approach
  • Crafting a Budget
  • Biosketches
  • Human Subjects Sections
  • Training Plan & Candidate Sections (for K-Award Applicants)

Monthly Writing Sessions begin in April 2022 and will be scheduled with the group to determine the best times to meet.

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