In FY 2012, the successful funding rate for first-time R01-type submissions to the NIH was close to 20% for established investigators, while it was less than 15% for first-time applicants. With that in mind, the Medical School Office of Research, with support of Dean Woolliscroft, recently launched a pilot version of the Mentored Research Academy and its “R01 Boot Camp.”
Over the course of the next year, 40 investigators who have yet to receive an R01 grant from the NIH will be mentored by senior faculty and coached through a process of close internal review in preparing a grant application. Representing 26 different departments including basic, translational, and clinical research, each faculty participant will be expected to submit an R01 application by February 2014. Over the course of the year, they’ll benefit from working with their peers and senior mentors on collaborative, interdisciplinary teams and networking with scientific experts here at the University and beyond. Success rates of these and related grant applications will be monitored over the course of the next few years.
Part of the Strategic Research Initiative’s investment in activities across the research spectrum, the R01 Boot Camp underscores the Medical School’s commitment to seeing ALL faulty become nationally recognized leaders in their fields. “Competition for grant funding has never been more challenging than it is today,” notes one of the senior faculty coaches, David Aronoff, M.D. “The R01 Boot Camp is the strongest attempt I have seen of teaching the art of grant writing to the next generation of independently-funded investigators. It sets a new standard for how academic institutions support and accelerate the independent careers of their young investigators.”
For questions about the R01 Boot Camp, please contact Chris Black at R01BootCamp@umich.edu.