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Led by COERE and co-sponsored by CCTS, the Department of Medicine, and Heersink School of Medicine, GRIT offers scholars 12 months of highly structured activities focused on specific steps in the extramural grant application process. From Biosketches and Aims to mentor selection and budgeting, GRIT provides invaluable guidance, structure, accountability, and group and/or one-on-one coaching to help investigators meet submission deadlines and craft exceedingly responsive resubmissions, as needed. Details on the two program models are available below. Both models accommodate applicants at the Whatever to K (W2K), K to R (K2R), and Whatever to R (W2R) stages. Since its inception in 2018, GRIT participants have had a >65% success rate in securing extramural K- and R-series awards.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The GRIT program supports a single extramural grant submission. Applicants should plan to submit their grant 6 to 12 months from time of program enrollment.
  • The Cohort Model supports Instructors/Fellows, Assistant Professors and Associate Professors whose primary appointment and affiliation is at UAB.
  • The Intensive Model supports Postdoctoral fellows, Instructors, Assistant Professors and Associate Professors whose primary appointment and affiliation is at UAB.
  • The Cohort Model and Intensive Model both support applicants in the following career stages:

Whatever to K (W2K) — Participants who are developing their first extramural Career Development Award (e.g., K01, K23, K08, K99/R00 etc.), regardless of previous funding record.

K to R (K2R) – Participants who have been awarded an intramural (e.g., KL2, K12) or extramural Career Development Award (e.g., K01, K23, K08, K99/R00 etc.) and are developing their first independent R-level grant.

Whatever to R (W2R) — Participants developing their first independent R-level grant (e.g., R01, R34, R31, etc.) or other independent research project grant, regardless of previous funding record.

Application Procedure

  1. Those interested in participating in GRIT should apply through the “APPLY TO GRIT” tab of this website. Failure to provide all requested information will result in delays in processing your application.
  2. After submitting your application, you will be contacted by program leadership to have a preliminary discussion regarding your research career and grant development plans.
  3. Applicants are then invited to present their specific aims, mentor team (if preparing a Career Development Award such as a K01 grant), and Biosketch to a review panel. Together, the panel decides if applicants are ready to enroll in GRIT.
  4. Within two weeks of the panel, applicants are either invited to enroll in GRIT or provided with feedback on ways to prepare for a future enrollment in GRIT.
  5. Applicants invited to enroll choose to participate in the Cohort Model or Intensive Model, pending availability. Participants in the cohort model will be assigned to a group of near-peers in the same career stage (W2K, K2R, W2R) and a group coach. Intensive Model participants begin meeting with Dr. Emma Perez-Costas within one month.

Official Website: GRIT

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