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A multi-year program for K grant awardees seeking independent research funding. Grant Review and Support Program
At a glance
Opportunity for
  • Career development for grant-funded junior investigators 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)
Time commitment
  • Attend a 3-day orientation workshop.
  • Participants will be required to submit monthly online reports through the duration of their K grants.
Session dates
  • November 18-20, 2019
Application due
  • 5:00pm on September 6, 2019
  • All applicants will be notified of their status via email no later than September 23, 2019.
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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 begins with an orientation workshop that provides participants with advice in grant writing, diversifying their funding portfolio, 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 career development grant. 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.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Accepted applicants of GRASP must commit to the following:
    • Attend in full the orientation and grant-writing workshop.
      This comprehensive workshop features a presentation of R01-specific grant-writing techniques, grant reviews, an overview of the Elements of Grant Writing resources and an introduction to non-NIH funding sources.
      • Note: participants will be required to complete assignments prior to the workshop and purchase an NIH grant writing workbook
      • Workshop will take place November 18-20, 2019, at the Sheraton Commander Hotel, 16 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA.
    • Use the Elements of Grant Writing tools and resources, throughout the duration of their career development grant.
      All participants will learn how to customize and use program work plans. Following the workshop, they must submit monthly progress reports to their scientific mentor(s) and the GRASP team.
    • Participate in workshop modules, including specific aims drafts critiques.
  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 program.
  3. All applicants must be within the first support year of their 4- or 5-year NIH K grant or equivalent at the time of the GRASP workshop.

Workshop 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.

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.