Program Goals

  • Understand the rules of engagement in successful grant writing.
  • Understand the difference between federal, industry, foundation, and philanthropic funding.
  • Understand how to locate funding opportunities and foster relationships with different funding agencies.
  • Understand how to write and assemble a competitive grant application, specifically NIH K/R grants.

The Grant Review and Support Program (GRASP) is a multi-year program that guides junior investigators who have already obtained a career development award to understand the rules of engagement and the grant writing process, gain new skills, and to ultimately write competitive grant applications to achieve research independence. GRASP will begin with an orientation workshop that will welcome participants into the program, review program tools and longitudinal support, discuss tips on how to effectively communicate research, and provide an overview of the NIH grant review process. Participants will also attend sessions on how to diversify their funding portfolios and an in-depth training on R01-specific grant-writing techniques. Throughout the duration of their career development award, participants will receive ongoing grant preparation support and guidance from the GRASP team in the form of individualized feedback through the work plan tool, supplemental workshops, targeted and relevant discussions related to grant preparation, as well as one-on-one support. Armed with the knowledge and tools provided by GRASP, participants will be better prepared to establish independent research careers, funded by a variety of different grants.

Session dates

The GRASP orientation workshop will be held virtually this fall. The workshop will be broken down into three, 2-3 hour, remote learning sessions.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:00am – 12:00pm EST

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 9:00am – 12:00pm EST

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:00am – 12:00pm EST

Following the fall sessions, there will be a required four-part grant writing module in the spring of 2022. The module will be broken down into four, 2-3 hour, remote learning sessions.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 9:00am-11:30am EST

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 9:00am-11:30am EST

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 9:00am-11:30am EST

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 9:00am-11:30am EST

Time commitment

  • Participate in a three-part orientation workshop and four-part grant writing module (see session dates for more details).
  • Submit a monthly online work plan throughout the duration of one’s K grant (average time spent updating tool: two hours per month).
  • Participate in specific aims page review workshops (average duration: three hours) and networking sessions (average duration: three hours), as desired and relevant.
  • Meet with the program committee for one-on-one support (average meeting: one hour), as desired and relevant.

Application due

Friday, August 20, 2021 5:00pm EST

Applicants will be informed of the status of their application by August 30, 2021.


Grant-funded junior investigators aiming to improve their chances of obtaining independent research funding with the use of project management tools and long-term grant-writing guidance.

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Investigators in the first year of a 4- or 5-year NIH K grant (such as a K23, K08, K07, K01, or K25) or equivalent career development award from a grant-funding organization (such as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs).

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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.

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