Activities & Resources

R01 Boot Camp logoThe Medical School Office of Research has established several resources to help researchers develop successful grant proposals. The R01 Boot Camp is a 9-month program comprised of the following activities and resources.


Large group events and workshops designed to provide mentees with the tools and knowledge they need to write a successful R01 application (e.g., proposal writing seminar, mock review). The following large group events and workshops have been scheduled for the R01 Boot Camp 2021-22 Cohort:

Opening Ceremony (Monday, September 13, 2021)

All-day Grant Writing Workshop (October 8, 2021)

Statistics and Study Design (November 2021)

Everything But the Science (March TBD)

Mock Review and Closing Ceremony (May 2022)

Download the R01 Boot Camp 2021 Program Timeline.

Self-directed interdisciplinary peer group activities of approximately 4-8 faculty members (mentees) and 1-2 coaches (senior faculty members). Mentees share and review proposal sections, provide constructive feedback to one another, and address problems and needs of mutual interest. Coaches provide guidance on NIH policy and practices.

Present a Chalk Talk - A one-hour presentation developed in consultation with the mentee’s department and Internal Subject Matter Expert (ISME) to obtain critical feedback from experienced researchers to help shape the aims of the mentee’s R01 proposal. Chalk Talks should be presented within the first three months of the program to hone Specific Aims for further proposal development.

Consultation with an Internal Subject Matter Expert who will have specialized insight into the mentee’s scientific field of study, and who will provide counsel on mentee’s research plans, help them prepare and present a Chalk Talk, and review proposal drafts. 

External Review - R01 Boot Camp will pay for an External Subject Matter Expert to review full drafts of proposals at least six weeks before the NIH deadline. 


These optional workshops and activities at the Medical School and across the University of Michigan offer additional opportunities to hone your skills as a researcher. 

  • Faculty Development Workshops - U-M Medical School Faculty Development offers regular workshops for faculty interested in learning more about the research process. Topics include: Essential Skills for Successful Leadership, Making the Most of Your Presentation, and Developing Successful Scientific Papers for Publication.
  • Additional Research Training Opportunities - Discover additional research training opportunities offered by the U-M Medical School Office of Research as well as other U-M units and departments.
  • U-M Research News & Events - Check out our list of resources to stay connected to the latest news and information about biomedical research happening throughout the Medical School and beyond. 
  • MICHR Education Events - The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) provides an extensive selection of courses, workshops, and seminars to the U-M research community. Course offerings include mock review study sections and grant writing workshops.


The Medical School Office of Research has established several resources to help researchers develop successful grant proposals. In addition to your work in the Mentored Research Academy: R01 Boot Camp program, we encourage you to explore these resources to see what may be useful to you.


In addition to your work in the Mentored Research Academy: R01 Boot Camp program, we encourage you to explore these resources to see what may be useful to you. 

  • Research Project Lifecycle - Discover how to navigate the complexities of the research enterprise at the University of Michigan.
  • Medical School Grant Proposal Sampler - This is a repository of successful proposals and proposal sections donated by Medical School faculty members. Its purpose is to offer insight into proposal development, including: proposal writing (e.g., organization, detail), responding to reviewers' comments, sample sections and tables, etc. This site is password-protected with access restricted to Medical School faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows.
  • Sharpening Your Focus: Tips on Grant Proposal Preparation - A series of tips published in UMMS Research News (our office's monthly newsletter) about writing proposals.
  • Proposal Development - Additional resources provided by Research Development.


In addition to these resources, you may also consider becoming a NIH reviewer. Here are a few ways to get involved or gain insight into the NIH grant review system short of permanent study section membership:

  1. NIH Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program - If your ECR application is accepted, you will be assigned to a study section and will receive training on review procedures, including how to write and upload critiques. You will be assigned two to four grant applications to review. You will attend a study section meeting and participate in the discussion of and voting for all applications. You will participate in no more than one study section per year and no more than twice total.
  2. Become an ad hoc member of a study section - (a) Contact the Scientific Review Officer (SRO) of the study section where you fit and send him or her your CV, asking to be considered for service; (b) Contact your professional society or research dean and let them know you are interested in being a reviewer. Ask them to add your name to the CSR list of recommended reviewers. See: How to Be a Member of a R01 Study Section (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)



If you have questions about the R01 Boot Camp program, please contact us at or (734) 763-4272.

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