NIH Opportunity: Professional Development and Networking Training for Early Stage Investigators

10/19/2021 10:31 AM

Are you pursuing a NIH award (K, R, SuRE, U), Diversity Supplement, or pilot grant?

If so, then consider applying for entry into the NRMN SETH (Strategic Empowerment Tailored for Health Equity Investigators) Research Study.

The study will determine the effectiveness of Developmental Network Coaching in the career advancement of diverse early stage investigators.


This randomized controlled research study is funded by the NIH Common Fund (Administered by the NIGMS), grant #1U01GM132771-03

WHEN: December 9-10, 2021 at Morehouse School

of Medicine (Due to COVID-19, this meeting will be held virtually)


WHERE: Morehouse School of Medicine; Atlanta, Georgia  

·  Cohort IV Virtual Kick-off is on December 9-10, 2021

·  Coaching Groups will meet virtually twice a month from December 2021 - September 2022


WHO CAN APPLY: Faculty, postdocs or **new NIH Investigators


 Click here to apply as a study participant

Click here to apply as a Coach (Senior Faculty) 

Why should I participate?
The importance of the study is to examine the effects of Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) characteristics, contextual factors, as well as institutional contexts that shape their social capital, research productivity, and career persistence.

What does the study involve?

A randomized controlled study will evaluate the effectiveness of a developmental network (DN) informed coaching intervention on the research productivity of ESIs including those from under-represented groups. We will recruit 220 ESIs who commit to submitting at least one NIH grant application within 12 months of completing the grant writing training/coaching. Each cohort will be invited to a 2-day orientation, followed by grant writing and coaching in the virtual Health Equity Learning Collaboratory (EQ-Collaboratory), culminating with a Mock Study Section.


Each investigator will be matched with a coach and other peers. Each coaching group will be matched by discipline and will meet for a 9-month period. During this time trainees will receive rigorous critique on their writing from both their coach as well as peers as part of SETH’s Coaching Institute. Additionally, the Health Equity Learning Collaboratory will facilitate engagement in the coaching groups.

Study participant benefits:

• Grant Writing Coaching

• Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

• Bi-weekly proposal review sessions

• Access to the Health Equity Learning Collaboratory

• Mock Study Section with Expert Review Panel

For more information about this study and to access the application, visit our website HERE.


Contact Kimberly Lawson, NRMN SETH Associate Project Director,

(404) 756-5288, [email protected] with additional questions.

Application deadline: October 29, 2021 11:59 PM MT