Grant Writing Training

We have developed two training programs aimed at improving the quality and quantity of NIH grant submissions from NJ ACTS. Both programs are run by Grant Writing Coaches trained by the National Research Mentoring Network.


(NIH F Grants)

Career and Research

(NIH K and R Grants)

Participants:  PhD Students and Junior Postdoc Fellows

Timing: Weekly from September to December

Activities: Each week, fellows submit drafts of specific grant application components for peer review and comments by the grant coach. Fellows meet with the grant coach for 1-hour a week to discuss parts of the grant application, sponsored programs, peer review, NIH review groups and institutes, responding to peer review critiques, and submission of the final grant application in December.

Current Program: 9/23/2021 through 12/2/2021
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Participants:  Senior Postdoc Fellows and Faculty (Early and Middle Career)

Timing: Monthly

Activities: The Grant Writing Group meets once monthly to review Specific Aims pages for K and R grants. Participants receive copies of Aims pages the day before the meeting in order to read and prepare. Each Aims page is discussed for 10-15 min. This program fosters peer review among participants and greater awareness of diverse research programs across NJ ACTS.

To sign up or ask questions about either program, email Lauren Aleksunes, PharmD, PhD, Workforce Development Lead

Wall of Honor

Recent awardees from the two training programs are highlighted.


Dr. Zorimar Rivera-Nunez

Assistant Research Professor

Emerging Mycoestrogens: Impacts on Placental and Early Childhood Growth (R21ES032047)
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Genetic Variation in the Placental Barrier: Impact on Child Environmental Health Studies (ECHO)

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Dr. Nicole Torosin

Postdoctoral Associate

3D Genome Organization and Gene Expression in Drosophila


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Nimit Shah

Nimit Shah

PhD Student

Barriers and Predictors of Physical Fitness among Volunteer Firefighters


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L. Cody Smith

Dr. Ley Cody Smith

Post Doctoral Fellow

Estrogen Receptor Signaling, Inflammation and Ozone Toxicity


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Shuo Xiao

Dr. Shuo Xiao

Assistant Professor

An Ovary-on-a-Chip to Identify Ovarian Toxicity


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Luigi Brunetti

Dr. Luigi Brunetti

Associate Professor

Mechanistic Evaluation of Melatonin as a Protectant against Antibiotic Associated Kidney Injury


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Danielle Kozlosky

Danielle Kozlosky

PhD Student

Impact of the Placenta Barrier on Fetal Nutrition and Growth Restriction

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Troy Roepke

Dr. Troy Roepke

Associate Professor

Sex Differences in CRH Signaling in the ovBNST Underlie Effects of Chronic Stressors

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Phoebe Stapleton

Dr. Phoebe Stapleton

Assistant Professor

Microvascular Mechanisms of Growth Restriction after Environmental Toxicant Exposure

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TL1 Predoctoral/Postdoctoral Awards

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KL2 Mentored Career Development Awards

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