Successfully Obtaining an R (SOAR) Grant Program

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Success in obtaining extramural funding is highly competitive and will likely become even more so in the foreseeable future. Grantsmanship is recognized nationally as an important tool to increase funding of already scientifically meritorious proposals.

The “Successfully Obtaining an R” (SOAR) Program is a grantsmanship program offered jointly by the Center for Translational Medicine and the Office of Faculty Diversity and Development/Women’s Careers. It is directed by Helen Yin, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Office of Faculty Diversity and Development/Office of Women’s Careers; Co-Director, Center for Translational Medicine Education and Career Development Core. SOAR has several modules that can be customized to meet individual needs.

Modules include the art and science of grantsmanship (Boot Camp), R grant writing workshops, and project management tools. Some modules are directed to a general audience, while others are focused on promoting faculty from mentored to independent investigators (popularly called K2R, referring to transitioning from the K-series of mentored career development awards to the R-series of independent research grants). Participants are encouraged to select SOAR modules according to their career stages/goals.

Since NIH research program grants (e.g., R01) account for the lion’s share of all research grant support, SOAR will focus on grantsmanship for obtaining R01 grants. These skills will be transferable to a wide spectrum of federal and nonfederal grants.

SOAR complements existing departmental support and scientific mentoring. Established faculty members will serve as SOAR advisors, grant writing coaches, and internal grant review panelists, and they are critically important to SOAR’s success.