A multi-year program for K grant-funded investigators applying for R01 funding. Grant Review and Support Program
At a glance
Opportunity for
  • K grant-funded junior investigators to improve their chances of obtaining R01 grant funding with project management tools and long-term grant-writing guidance
  • Investigators in the first year of their NIH career development awards, specifically K23, K08, K07, K01, or K25
Time commitment
  • Participants will be required to submit monthly email check-ins through the duration of their K grants.
Session dates
  • October 19-21, 2015
Application Due
  • 5:00pm on August 13, 2015
  • All applicants will be notified of their status via email no later than August 23, 2015.
Note: The application process is closed. Please check back for future opportunities.

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The Grant Review and Support Program (GRASP) is a multi-year program that guides investigators who have already obtained NIH K grants to understand the grant writing process, gain new skills, and write their R01 grant applications. GRASP begins with an orientation workshop that provides participants with advice in grant writing, as well as training in using the resources of the Elements of Grant Writing. Participants will then receive ongoing grant preparation support and guidance from the GRASP team throughout the duration of their K awards. Armed with the knowledge and tools provided by GRASP, participants will be ready to submit an R01 grant application with a greater chance of being funded.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Accepted applicants of GRASP must commit to the following:
    • Attend the orientation and grant-writing workshop.
      This comprehensive workshop features a presentation of R01-specific grant-writing techniques, grant reviews, and an overview of the Elements of Grant Writing resources.
      • Note: participants will be required to complete assignments prior to the workshop, as well as an assignment taking 2-3 hours following day one of the workshop.
      • Note: participants will be required to purchase a $75 workbook.
      • Workshop will take place October 19-21, 2015, at the Sheraton Commander Hotel, 16 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA.
    • Use the Elements of Grant Writing tools and resources, throughout the duration of their K award.
      All participants will learn how to customize and use the work plans featured on this website. Following the workshop, they must submit monthly progress reports to their scientific mentor(s) and the GRASP team.
    • Participate in workshop modules.
      Topics may include: specific aims drafts critiques, communicating with the NIH.
  2. All applicants must receive an endorsement from their primary mentor(s) and division chief or department chair that the applicant will participate in this long-term offering.
  3. All applicants must be within the first support year of their K23, K08, K01, K07, or K25 at the time of the GRASP workshop.

Workshop Goals:

  • Understand the elements of identifying a novel and fundable research focus.
  • Understand how to project manage your research.
  • Understand the anatomy of a successful grant.
  • Understand how to increase your odds of a favorable grant review.

Please note: Harvard Catalyst Education Program's policy requires full attendance and the completion of all activity surveys to be eligible for CME credit; no partial credit is allowed.

The Harvard Catalyst Education Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Course Materials

For course materials, please visit Harvard Catalyst Desire2Learn. You will only be able to access this system if you have received a confirmation letter for this course. Questions?

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Navigate the grant application process using the Elements of Grant Writing.

Citing GRASP Support

When citing GRASP in your K grant, make sure to use the correct language.