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.

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.

Danielle Kozlosky

PhD Student

Impact of the Placenta Barrier on Fetal Nutrition and Growth Restriction


Dr. Troy Roepke

Associate Professor

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


Dr. Phoebe Stapleton

Assistant Professor

Microvascular Mechanisms of Growth Restriction after Environmental Toxicant Exposure


Workforce Development Pages and Links

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TL1 Predoctoral/Postdoctoral Awards

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KL2 Mentored Career Development Awards

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