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. 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 application process is closed. Check back in summer 2021.

Time commitment

  • Participate in an orientation workshop and grant writing module
  • Participate in specific aims review and networking sessions
  • Submit monthly online work plans through the duration of one’s K grant

Application due

The application process is closed. Check back in summer 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


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)

Learn More

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

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.


The application process is closed. Check back in summer 2021.