Center For AIDS Research

Planning for Success
NIH R-level Grant Writing Course

Now Accepting Fellowship Applications

The CFAR at Emory University is now accepting applications for our 3rd annual Planning for Success (PfS) NIH R-level Grant Writing course. APPLY HERE by October 19, 2020.

Who is the course targeting?

Individuals who:

  • Are interested in building a career as an NIH-funded independent investigator in HIV research and
  • Are interested in developing an HIV application for Fall 2021 submission to either the NIH or their home CFAR and
  • Have not yet had an R-level application (R01, R03, R21) funded by the NIH.
          This includes individuals who have not yet submitted their first R-level
          application and individuals whose previous R-level submission(s) to NIH
          have been unsuccessful


What are the eligibility requirements?

Individuals are eligible for PfS if they:

  • Are eligible to submit an R01 application for funding by the NIH through their home institution.
  • Are a faculty member at any school that is affiliated with an NIH-funded CFAR.
          Faculty from a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) are
          particularly urged to apply.
  • Can identify a research question that is in alignment with NOT-0D-20-018 ("NIH HIV/AIDS Research Priorities and Guidelines for Determining HIV/AIDS Funding")
  • Can commit to attending and actively participating in all online class meetings (see schedule below).
  • Are able – on their own or with help from PfS faculty – to identify a grantsmanship mentor.


What is the class format?

All course sessions are held online, via Zoom, on the second Tuesday of each month
(2:00 - 4:00 ET). Each session involves three parts:

  1. During the month before a given class session convenes, participants:
    • Watch a video covering the coming sessions' topic,
    • Develop an initial or second draft of an assigned application section and submit it for comments to their PfS small group "zoommates" and their Grantsmanship Mentor,
    • Provide written comments, using a provided guide, on the section drafts submitted by their zoommates.

  2. During the first 30 minutes of each class, participants:
    • Engage in an online discussion about that month's video.

  3. During the remaining 90 minutes of each class, participants:
    • Work in small group 'zoom rooms' to workshop each other's submitted application draft sections.

What topics does the course cover?

In 2020-2021 the course will cover:

Nov 10     Orientation & Analyzing the FOA
Jan 12 Specific Aims Page
Feb 9 Mock NIH review
Mar 9 Significance section
Apr 13 NIH-style budgets
May 11 Innovation section
Jun 08 Non-narrative sections of the application
Jul 13 Approach section
Aug 10 Revising an NIH submission: Responding to Summary Statements
Sep 14 Tying up Loose Ends


What do I need to do to apply?

  1. Determine if your research idea aligns with NOT-OD-20-018: "NIH HIV/AIDS Research Priorities and Guidelines for Determining HIV/AIDS Funding"

  2. Determine whether you are applying for:

  3. By Monday, October 19, 2020: Apply for the Fellowship

Whom do I contact with Questions?