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 underrepresented 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. 

Coaches provide small cohorts of early career faculty and postdocs from Minority Serving Institutions, with direct feedback on multiple iterations of their grant proposal. The GWCG is structured as a multi-modal program with virtual sessions and meetings, as well as an in-person workshop that takes place in late July in conjunction with the Leadership Alliance National Symposium.

The 2023 program will begin virtually in May with mandatory prerequisite sessions leading up to an in-person workshop July 27-28, 2023 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 2024.

  • May 1, 2023 — Applications due
  • Early May 2023 — Applicants notified
  • Early May to July 2023 — Five virtual prerequisite sessions (dates TBD)
  • July 27-28, 2023 — In-person workshop in Hartford, CT
  • August 2023 - January 2024 — Biweekly virtual coaching sessions (time to be determined by participants and coaches)
Eligibility Requirements

Preference will be given to faculty from minority-serving (Leadership Alliance Member) institutions. Individuals from groups underrepresented in biomedicine, encompassing all relevant social, behavioral, and health sciences, are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are encouraged from any individuals with a demonstrated commitment to increasing the full participation of underrepresented groups in biomedicine.

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Preference will be given to early career faculty and postdocs from The Leadership Alliance MSIs or HBCUs
  • Planning an NIH grant proposal submission (e.g., R01, R03, R15, R21, K01, K08, K99/R00, SC1, SC2, MOSAIC)
  • Have the support of the 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
  • 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

Those interested in applying should email Dr. Jane Indorf ( for additional information.