Grant Writing Coaching Group

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The Leadership Alliance Grant Writing Coaching Group (GWCG) is a professional development opportunity designed to train and support early career faculty and researchers with the grant proposal writing process. Participation in the coaching group creates an opportunity for peer mentoring and connects research professionals across The Leadership Alliance network. The GWCG is for individuals seeking NIH funding within the next two years. 

Our expert coach provides small cohorts of early career faculty and postdocs with direct feedback on multiple iterations of their grant proposal. The GWCG is structured as a multi-modal program with virtual sessions and meetings and an in-person workshop in late July in conjunction with the Leadership Alliance National Symposium.

The 2024 program will begin virtually in May with weekly mandatory prerequisite sessions leading up to the in-person workshop, which will be held Thursday, July 25 - Friday, July 26, 2024, in Hartford, CT. This in-person workshop will be focused on writing the Specific Aims page. The program then transitions to virtual biweekly coaching group meetings through January 2025.

Apply Here and See Eligibility Requirements Below 

To schedule a virtual information session and for program inquiries, including details on the application, please email Dr. Jane Indorf, Manager of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, at

  • March 4, 2024 — Application opens
  • April 15, 2024 - Application deadline
  • Early May 2024 — Applicants notified
  • Early May through June 2024 — Five virtual prerequisite sessions (dates TBD)
  • July 25-26, 2024 — In-person workshop in Hartford, CT
  • August 2024 — January 2025 — Biweekly virtual coaching sessions (time to be determined by participants and coach)
Eligibility Requirements

Individuals from groups underrepresented in biomedicine, encompassing all relevant social, behavioral, and health sciences, are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are encouraged from any individual with a demonstrated commitment to increasing the full participation of underrepresented groups in biomedicine. Preference will be given to early career faculty and postdocs from Leadership Alliance MSIs and HBCUs, but individuals from any institution of higher education may apply and be considered.

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be planning an NIH grant proposal submission (e.g., R01, R03, R15, R21, K01, K08, K99/R00, SC1, SC2, MOSAIC)
  • Must have the support of your department chair or dean (letter of support required)
  • Have institutional support in the form of course release time, pilot funding, or other research resources to allow for successful grant submission
  • Must have at least five hours a week to dedicate to grant writing
  • Have at least one publication in the same research area of planned grant submission or a publication that supports research idea for planned grant submission
  • Applicants with pilot data are preferred
  • Applicants must plan to submit their grant within six months of the end of the program

Application requirements:

  • Letter of support from the department chair or dean 
  • A complete application form
  • CV

Contact: Dr. Jane Indorf ( for additional information.