R-Series Grant Writing Support

R-Series Grant Writing Support

The Center for Translational Medicine and the Office of Faculty Diversity & Development/Office of Women’s Careers are pleased to announce the launch of the “Successfully Obtaining an R” (SOAR) Grant Program. SOAR is designed to increase grant acquisition success rates by our junior faculty conducting basic, translational, and clinical research.

SOAR is a modular program; SOAR modules include:

  • Kickoff Symposium – The Art and Science of Grantsmanship
  • Write a Winning Grant Boot Camp
  • Intensive K2R Writers Groups
  • K2R Project Management Program

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 is an institutional pilot program, and its success will depend on support by the UT Southwestern community of faculty and trainees. It 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.

SOAR is directed by Helen Yin, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology, Associate Dean of the Office of Faculty Diversity & Development/Office of Women’s Careers and Co-Director of the Center for Translational Medicine’s Education & Career Development Program. The SOAR administrative team includes Amy Mackenroth, M.A., and Ed Jordan, M.Ed., at the Center for Translational Medicine.



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