R-Series Boot Camp

The R-Series Boot Camp is a multifaceted program designed to help faculty members receive their first R-series grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Senior faculty with strong track records of NIH funding guide groups of mentees through the proposal development process, while the team structure encourages peer support and feedback.


Applications will open soon.


The R-Series Boot Camp is a program comprised of the following:

  • Mentees receive specialized training, guidance, and camaraderie as a participant in this 10 month program. Participation is limited to faculty members who have not yet been Principal Investigators on R01 grants.
  • Faculty coaches with established track records of external funding and a commitment to mentoring, who meet with and advise their assigned mentee peer group. Coaches will communicate with the mentees’ Department Chairs and the Medical School Office of Research.
  • Activities and resources designed to provide mentees with the tools and knowledge they need to write a successful R01 application (e.g., proposal writing seminar, mock review).
  • Self-directed interdisciplinary peer group activities of approximately 4-8 faculty members (mentees) and 1-2 coaches (senior faculty members). Mentees share and review proposal sections, provide constructive feedback to one another, and address problems and needs of mutual interest.
  • Internal Subject Matter Experts who provide counsel on mentees’ research plans, help them prepare and present a Chalk Talk, and review proposal drafts.
  • External Subject Matter Experts who review mentees’ final proposals.


  • How long is the R-Series Bootcamp?
  • The duration of the official academy is 10 months, with most of the meetings and activities scheduled by the mentee and his/her peer group, e.g., once a month.
  • How many large group activities are scheduled?
  • There are several cohort activities scheduled:

    • Opening Ceremony (2 hours)
    • Grant writing seminar (1 day)
    • Budgets & Biostats workshop (2 hours)
    • Time Management workshop (1.5 hours) (optional)
    • Mock Review & Closing Ceremony (2 hours)


If you have any questions about the R-Series Boot Camp program, contact Grace Morris at grace.morris@uconn.edu.