As a collaborative effort between UC's College of Medicine Office of Research and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST), we have developed the R Club Grant Program to assist early-stage investigators in the preparation of an NIH Research Grant.

The R Club aims to improve grantsmanship by promoting clarity of thought and logical presentation of a Research proposal - to have the greatest impact on fundability - by providing:

  • Workshops outlining a step-by-step guide on how to construct a Specific Aims page and a
    competitive Research Proposal.
  • Proposal examples and templates of supporting documents.
  • Constructive feedback on a Specific Aims page (with tracked revisions, margin comments, and key recommendations).
  • For a select cohort, comprehensive proposal review of scientific and logical presentation of content (with tracked revisions, margin comments, and key recommendations) by a grant writer.

Eligibility: To be eligible for the R Club Grant Program, applicants must have a full-time junior faculty appointment and be a member of UC's College of Medicine and/or the CCTST. Applicants must be preparing an original or re-submission application that could ultimately lead to the funding of their first major NIH Research proposal. Members of underrepresented racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, and candidates with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

CCTST Membership: All participants of the R Club Grant Program must be CCTST members. CCTST membership is free and open to all. For online membership registration, go to

Timeline: The R Club Grant Program is available year-round. To take full advantage of the multi-level grant writing support, it is advised to submit this form a minimum of 4 months prior to your internal grant deadline.

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