InCHIP’s NIH R-Series Boot Camp

InCHIP R-series bootcamp

Overview

InCHIP’s Training and Development Team is excited to announce a new grant writing program that will kick off in January 2020.

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

Mentees will benefit from early input on research aims to ensure they are addressing significant, innovative, and fundable questions. They will identify needed resources and potential collaborators, and make pre-proposal contact with NIH program officers. They will learn “tricks of the trade” from UConn faculty with significant NIH experience.

The R-Series Boot Camp borrows its structure from the University of Michigan Medical School Office of Research’s very popular R01 Boot Camp, where the program has been developed and fine-tuned over the past six years. InCHIP greatly appreciates UMichigan Office of Research’s generosity in allowing us to adapt their program here at UConn.

Boot Camp Leadership

Seth Kalichman, PhD (Psychological Sciences) Dr. Kalichman will serve as Director for the R-Series Boot Camp. He has significant experience with the external funding and his work has been continuously and exclusively funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1992.


How to Apply

Applications for the 2020 Cohort of R-Series Boot Camp are now being accepted. Please see the application tab above to view the application.

The application deadline is Friday, November 15, 2019.

Who Should Participate?

Participation is limited to faculty members (of any rank) who have not yet been Principal Investigators on R-series grants. Participants must plan to submit a NIH R-Series grant in 2020 or early-2021 through InCHIP or UConn Health. Faculty who have submitted external funding applications but have not successfully been funded are encouraged to participate.


Program Structure

The R-Series Boot Camp is a multi-tiered mentoring program which aims to support and increase the success rate of UConn faculty applying for their first NIH Research Grants (R-series). The R-Series Boot Camp is a ten-month program comprised of the following:

  • Mentees will receive specialized training, guidance, and camaraderie as a participant in this 10 month program.
  • Program Director- Mentees will work with senior faculty with established track records of external funding and a commitment to mentoring.
  • Activities and resources designed to provide mentees with the tools and knowledge they need to write a successful ‘R’ application (e.g., proposal writing seminar, mock review).
  • Self-directed interdisciplinary peer group meetings with approximately 4-8 faculty mentees and the program director. Mentees will 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.

Program Activities

Large group events and workshops designed to provide mentees with the tools and knowledge they need to write a successful R-Series application (e.g., proposal writing seminar, mock review).

The following large group events and workshops have been scheduled for the R-Series Boot Camp 2020 Cohort:

  • Opening Ceremony (January 24, 2020)
  • All-day Grant Writing Workshop (February 2020)
  • Budgets and Biostatistics Workshops (March/April TBD)
  • Mock Review and Closing Ceremony (October TBD)

In addition to these structured workshops, participants will take part in monthlyInterdisciplinary Peer Group MeetingsDuring these meetings, mentees will share and review proposal sections, provide constructive feedback to one another, and address problems and needs of mutual interest. Program leadership will provide guidance on NIH policy and practices.

Individualized Activities:

The activities below are the activities participants will undertake on their own over the course of the program.

  • Present a Chalk Talk– A one-hour presentation developed in consultation with the mentee’s department and Internal Subject Matter Expert (ISME) to obtain critical feedback from experienced researchers to help shape the aims of the mentee’s R-series proposal. Chalk Talks should be presented within the first three months of the program to hone Specific Aims for further proposal development.
  • Consultation with an Internal Subject Matter Expertwho will have specialized insight into the mentee’s scientific field of study, and who will provide counsel on mentee’s research plans, help them prepare and present a Chalk Talk, and review proposal drafts. InCHIP’s Research Development Specialist can help you identity an internal subject Matter Expert.
  • External Review– InCHIP will pay for an External Subject Matter Expert to review full drafts of proposals at least six weeks before the NIH deadline.
  • Application Submission Participants will submit a NIH R-Series grant in 2020 or early-2021 through InCHIP or UConn Health.

Apply

Applications are now closed.

Contact

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