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NC TraCS R Writing Group: Laboratory-based Researchers

NC TraCS R Writing Group for Laboratory-based research now taking applications.

The R-Writing Group assists participants in developing their first, competitive, investigator-initiated research grant application to NIH or R-equivalent grant to another funding agency for submission in June 2021. This program is open to new investigators and investigators who have submitted an R-type grant before, as long as that submission was not funded.

The group will assist participants in the development of a set of novel and specific aims based on the participant’s initial idea(s) or preliminary data. Each participant is expected to contribute to the evaluation of the work of their colleagues; participation is thought to be critical in developing skills the researcher will need for future independent grant writing experiences. After a working group determines that the specific aims are acceptable, the participant will proceed with writing their grant, which will be reviewed on an ongoing basis (usually in pre-designated grant “sections”) by the group.

To participate in this workshop, individuals must submit the following by 8 am July 10 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • a brief letter of introduction in which you should list your current position, whether you hold a tenure-track position and the anticipated time of your promotion review, and the target institute/agency for submission as well as your anticipated submission date
  • 4-page max NIH biosketch, including Other Support
  • a ½ to 1-page introduction to your work, including preliminary data from which you plan to develop your proposal and the type of grant for which you intend to apply.

Once applications have been received, 30-minute interviews will be set up with the course faculty. Final selections will be made after interviews are completed.

Please submit application materials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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