R01 Boot Camp

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The R01 Boot Camp is a team-science and mentorship-focused program designed to help College of Medicine faculty members receive their first R01 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.  We aim for a coach/mentee ratio of 1:2 with engagement of team science coach throughout the process.  

The R01 Boot Camp is comprised of both group and self-directed activities for mentees. From the outset, mentees will receive support in writing significant, innovative and fundable Specific Aims. Mentees will be obligated to identify needed resources, potential collaborators, as well as internal and external subject matter experts. They should make an effort to make pre-proposal contact with NIH program officers.

Applications for the 2023-24 academic year will open in the spring of 2023.

The R01 Boot Camp is a nine-month program comprised of the following:

  1. Mentees receive specialized training, guidance, and camaraderie as a participant in this 9-month program. Participation is limited to faculty members who have not yet been Principal Investigators on R01 grants.
  2. 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 COM Office of Research Affairs.
  3. Activities and resources to provide mentees with the tools and knowledge they need to write a successful R01 application (e.g., proposal writing seminar, mock review). Major large-group activities are listed in the timeline below. In addition, the mentees participate with their coaching group on more frequent meetings (approximately one per month). In coaching groups, mentees share and review proposal sections, provide constructive feedback to one another, and address problems and needs of mutual interest.
  4. Internal Subject Matter Experts who provide counsel on mentees’ research plans, help them prepare and present a Chalk Talk, and review proposal drafts.
  5. External Subject Matter Experts who review mentees’ final proposals.

Timeline for the 2022-23 Academic Year:

  • April 2022– Applications open
  • May 20, 2022– Applications Due
  • May 31, 2022– Mentees selected  
  • September 2022– Program Kick-Off Celebration
  • October 25-26, 2022– Grant Writing Workshop
  • December 1, 2022– Team Science Studio Workshop
  • January 26, 2023– Biostatistics Workshop
  • May 1, 2023– Mock Review
  • June 15, 2023– Closing Ceremony
  • Throughout the year– Self-directed interdisciplinary coaching group activities  

In addition to these activities, each mentee will:

  • Present a Chalk Talk. A 1-hour presentation developed in consultation with the mentee’s department and the Internal Subject Matter Expert to obtain critical feedback from experienced researchers to help shape the aims of the mentee’s R01. These need to be presented early in the program to hone Specific Aims for further proposal development (ideally in September or October). For more information, click here.
  • Consult with an Internal Subject Matter Expert who 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. 
  • Participate in External Review. The R01 Boot Camp will pay for an External Subject Matter Expert to review full drafts of proposals at least six weeks before the NIH deadline.