NIH R01 Writing Cohort Program: New and Early Stage Investigators in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

About this opportunity

Campus:

IU Bloomington

Contact:

Brea Perry, Associate Vice Provost for Social Sciences,blperry@indiana.edu

Proposal Development Services,pdshelp@iu.edu

Deadline:

August 4, 2021, 5 p.m.

Award cycle:

Annual

Funding available:

R01-specific training modules, expert advice from NIH-funded faculty, peer review, an NIH mock panel review, and specialized support from Proposal Development Services specialists

NIH R01 Writing Cohort Program: New & Early Stage Investigators in the Social & Behavioral Sciences

The NIH R01 Writing Cohort Program, offered by OVPR Proposal Development Services and OVPR's Associate Vice Provost for Social Sciences, is designed to provide new and/or early stage investigators with intensive mentoring and support in the preparation of NIH R01 grant applications in the social or behavioral sciences. Starting in September 2021, this fall program will offer R01-specific training modules, expert advice from NIH-funded faculty, peer review, an NIH mock panel review, and specialized support from Proposal Development Services research development specialists.

The program will include weekly, in-person training modules (2-3 hours each) across 13 weeks during the fall semester, and a mock panel review in January. The program requires a commitment from participants to attend in-person trainings, draft proposal components outside of the training sessions according to the program timeline, and actively participate in a cooperative and encouraging peer-review environment.

Participants will exit the program having received guidance on many components of the R01 application as well as having drafted their specific aims, research strategy, and biosketch. Participants are expected to submit to a 2022 R01 deadline. Learning goals include:

  • Increase understanding of proposal writing as a highly refined stylistic pattern
  • Gain detailed knowledge of what goes into each section of an NIH R01 grant
  • Acquire ability to think like a reviewer and understand the grant review process
  • Gain confidence for engaging with NIH program officers for guidance and feedback
  • Benefit from a supportive peer group and mentoring

Participation will be limited to 6-8 faculty members who are committed to developing their grant writing skills and ready to work toward R01 submission. Applicants must have defined research questions, hypotheses, or specific aims that are suitable for an NIH R01 award, be committed to participate fully in the program, and be willing to review material for their colleagues.

NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. The Research Project (R01) grant is an award made to support a discrete, specified, circumscribed project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in an area representing the investigator's specific interest and competencies, based on the mission of the NIH. Find additional information about the R01 mechanism.

Eligibility

Any faculty member in a tenure-track or research scientist position at Indiana University Bloomington who qualifies for NIH New Investigator status may apply.

A New Investigator is an NIH research grant applicant who has not yet competed successfully for a substantial, competing NIH research grant (e.g., an R01). Find more information and a list of NIH grants that do not disqualify a principal investigator from being considered a new investigator.

An Early Stage Investigator is a new investigator who has completed a terminal research degree within the past 10 years and has not yet competed successfully for a substantial, competing NIH research grant.

Additionally, applicants must conduct research in the behavioral or social sciences or conduct interdisciplinary research that has a significant social or behavioral science component (e.g., the theoretical or methodological approach).

Preference will be given to faculty who otherwise do not have access to similar training programs, and/or who are members of groups typically underrepresented among NIH R01 principal investigators.

Eligible as PIs (assuming above criteria are met):

  • All tenured and tenure-eligible faculty members at IU Bloomington
  • Research scientists and other non-tenure track faculty whose evaluation criteria are based on research activity

Not Eligible as PIs

  • Emeriti faculty
  • Visiting and adjunct faculty members
  • Postdoctoral fellows and research associates
  • Graduate students

Post-program requirements

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research requires that all selected participants send a brief description of the proposal development skills gained as a result of the Writing Cohort Program by the end of the semester following the February 5, 2022 NIH R01 deadline. All participants are requested to acknowledge the support of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research in any flyers, posters, publications, or publicity.