Inaugural Intensive R Grant-Writers Workshop

The pilot SOAR R-Grant Writers Workshop was first offered on March 9, 2016. There were six weekly two-hour sessions, and separate mock study sections for clinical and basic science proposals. Participants were required to be actively writing an R grant, and planning to submit their R01 grants in June 2016.

We received completed applications from 16 individuals, and accepted 11. Most of the participants were assistant professors, and a few were associate professors or instructors. They were from all four academic tracks. Seventy-three percent submitted their R01s as planned.

Testimonials

From an Intensive R-Grant Writer Workshop participant:

Anand Rohatgi, M.D., M.S.C.S., Associate Professor of Internal Medicine: “I have been taking this grant writer workshop and I think there is clear interest from others to participate for the fall and other cycles. As a group, we will write a letter supporting our experience and your efforts, but perhaps we can meet to strategize how to continue this? I.e. maybe those who get funded and participated should be involved? Perhaps mentors of attendees can donate time to be mock reviewers?” (May 6, 2016)

From an R-grant Writer’s scientific mentor:

James de Lemos, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine: “I wanted to thank you for putting together this program, and supporting Anand through his first R01 submission. He can’t say enough great things about the program as well as both of you.  This helped keep him on track, provided critical feedback at every key step. Our group has had the same extremely positive experience with your K writing programs. These are tremendous resources for the institution as well as our group, and are such selfless contributions from you both.” (June 7, 2016)

From mock study section members:

  • Andrew Zinn, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of Southwestern Graduate School: “I agree that it was very valuable all around – kind of shocking that this has not been done earlier at UT Southwestern.” (May 4, 2016)
  • Ondine Cleaver, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Molecular Biology: “I think this was so good. I actually wonder if this sort of things should be expanded institutionally. I think junior faculty would really benefit greatly from this on a larger scale.” (May 6, 2016)