The University of Arizona

NIH R Series Grant Preparation Program


The NIH Research Grants (R series) comprise the largest category of funding by many of the NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs). For 2019-2020 the preparation program is specifically targeted at the NIH Research Project Grant Program (R01) with an emphasis on early-career investigators interested in pursuing their first R01 submission. The R01 provides support for health-related research and development based on the mission of the NIH.

Schedule for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

The 10-week writing course has started and has successfully transitioned to online format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For additional information on the Fall session, check back frequently. 

Writing Groups

How to Craft Winning R01 Proposals
Spring 2020

Presented by Jessica Moon, Ph.D., Research Development Associate, this 10-week intensive R01 writing group will provide in-depth training on the components of an R01, strengthen grant writing skills based on established grantsmanship principles and continuous feedback, and build a support network of peers and mentors with the ultimate goal of having a submission-ready proposal by the June 2020 deadline. Participation is limited to 8 early-career faculty.

Participants will be expected to participate for 10 weeks, including 9 in-person 1-hour sessions—3/2/20-5/4/20 (exact weekdays TBD). All meetings to be held in Tucson. Early-career faculty interested in applying to the Writing Group will need to obtain a letter from their department chair or dean confirming the early-career faculty status of the potential participant and indicate his/her support for the faculty member’s participation in the group. Applications are due February 21, 2020. Register to Attend. Participants will be notified the following week regarding entry into the writing group.

The tentative schedule/topics is shown below:


Week of:


Week 1


Getting Started/ Introduction to NIH RePORTER and MATCHMAKER

Week 2


Basics of Proposal Writing/Introduction to NIH/Crafting the Specific Aims Page

Week 3



Week 4


Crafting the Specific Aims Page—Part II/ Contacting an NIH program officer

Week 5


Rigor and Reproducibility /Approach / Attachments

Week 6


Significance and Innovation

Week 7


Peer Review/ Revision

Week 8


Peer Review/ Revision

Week 9


NIH Grant Review Process

Week 10


Incorporating Feedback