SOAR Modules

SOAR Modules

K2R Project Management Program (PMP)

A multi-year, longitudinal work plan tracking system with monthly task completion reports. The goal is to facilitate successful transition from mentored research to independent research (K2R transition) by promoting grant project management to ensure timely publications and thorough grant submissions. This module is adapted from the Harvard Catalyst CTSA’s Grant Review and Support Program.

Target Audience: NIH K awardees within the first or second years of their NIH K-series awards, or equivalent non-NIH career development awards.

Time/Date: 12–2 p.m. Aug. 31, 2015, plus monthly reporting and support until R-grant (re)submission. Lunch provided.
Location: North Campus, ND13.218

Requirements: Participants must attend both days of the kickoff symposium.

Applications: Invitations for applications will be sent at the beginning of July 2015 and are due on August 1, 2015. Please contact Amy Mackenroth if you do not receive an invitation. Applications will require approval by Department Chairs/Center Directors and scientific mentors

Kickoff Symposium – The Art and Science of Grantsmanship

Demystifying and deconstructing the NIH grant writing and funding process.View the preliminary agenda (PDF).

Target Audience: All interested in the grant process are welcome. These include junior, midcareer, and senior faculty, trainees and administrators.

Time/Date: 2–5 p.m. Aug. 31, 2015
Location: North Campus, NG3.112

Write a Winning Grant Boot Camp

An intense NIH R-series grant writing boot camp, led by an external expert from the Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, LLCView preliminary agenda (PDF).

Target Audience:

  • Junior and midcareer faculty who plan to write an R-series grant (e.g. R01, R21, R03, and equivalent grants).
  • Senior faculty mentors who want to learn more to support their mentees’ grant applications.
  • Departmental or Center grant specialists who support faculty grant submissions (nominated by Department Chair/Center Directors).

Time/Date: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Sept. 1, 2015 (including a working lunch)
Location: North Campus, NG3.112.


  • Register online (deadline 8/1/15)
  • Purchase “The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook” (2015 NIH Edition) through SOAR administration. Purchase is optional for professors and grant specialists.The boot camp curriculum is based on this book. Your small investment in this book will have a large return on investment, in terms of increasing your grant acquisition success rate.

Intensive K2R Writers Groups

Small group hands-on, intensive R-type grantsmanship coaching that complements training by scientific mentors. Participants will submit grant sections at session-specific deadlines, and review other participants’ grant sections as a group. Helen Yin, Ph.D., and other faculty coaches will moderate discussions. Completed grants will be reviewed by NIH-style mock study sections prior to NIH submission deadlines.

Target Audience: K awardees and other early career faculty conducting basic, translational, and clinical scientists actively writing their first R-series NIH grants (e.g. R01, R23) for the June/July 2016 or Oct./Nov. 2016 deadlines.

Time/Date: Will launch in January 2016. 5–6:30 p.m. every other week; sessions will be timed to start 5 months prior to the NIH standard due dates. Approximately eight sessions.
Location: TBD

Applications: Details will be announced in September 2016. Applications will require approval by Department Chairs/Center Directors and scientific mentors. Eight participants will be selected per group. Applicants who attended the kickoff symposium and boot camp (days 1 and 2) will have priority.



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