Facilities & Services



R01 Boot Camp

The Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD) catalyzes, safeguards and supports research on child and adolescent (defined as prenatal to age 22 years) health, behavior and development at the University. The CHGD R01 Boot Camp program is sponsored in conjunction with the Medical School’s Mentored Research Academy: R01 Boot Camp to achieve the goal of promoting the successful receipt of research grant funding in this topic area.

This multifaceted 9-month program is designed to help faculty members from across campus working in this topic area to receive their first R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and features the following resources:

  • Large group events and workshops (3-4, hosted by the Medical School) provide mentees with the requisite tools and knowledge to write successful R01 proposals. Topics include grant writing, budgets & biostatistics, and time management.
  • Interdisciplinary, small group meetings (monthly, hosted by CHGD) provide coach-led didactic training as well as coach- and peer-facilitated learning opportunities. Senior faculty CHGD coaches with established track records of external funding in the area of child and adolescent health, behavior, and/or development, and a commitment to mentoring provide group and individual feedback to their assigned mentees. Mentees share and review each others’ proposal sections and provide feedback during each monthly meeting.
  • Internal subject matter experts provide 1:1 counsel on mentees’ research plans, help prepare and present a Specific Aims Chalk Talk, and review proposal drafts.
  • External subject matter experts review mentees’ final proposals prior to submission.

NOTE: This application is for the CHGD R01 Boot Camp Program. Please be aware there are several R01 Boot Camp programs (described below) to support the proposal development needs of our diverse community of researchers. Applicants are encouraged to read all Eligibility requirements. Questions about best fit and capacity-related concerns should be addressed with the program lead listed for each boot camp.

  1. Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD) R01 Boot Camp. This boot camp participates in the Medical School core program, but the content is tailored to CHGD-affiliated faculty developing research proposals focused in the areas of child or adolescent health, behavior and/or development. Capacity is limited to up to four well-qualified CHGD member applicants. Program Lead: Lindsey Mitchell
  2. Medical School Mentored Research Academy: R01 Boot Camp. This is the core R01 Boot Camp program upon which all the others are based. It is structured primarily for Michigan Medicine faculty. Program Lead: Heather Offhaus
  3. Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) R01 Boot Camp. This boot camp participates in the Medical School core program, but the content is tailored to IHPI-affiliated faculty developing health services research proposals. Capacity is limited to up to eight well-qualified IHPI member applicants. Program Lead: Wendy Lombard

Applicants must be faculty who:

  1. Are CHGD members (Any interested individuals who are not yet CHGD members may apply for membership at anytime here);
  2. Have not been a PI on an R01 grant proposal; and
  3. Will be ready to submit an R01 grant proposal related to child or adolescent health, behavior or development within one year (fall 2020 or winter 2021 cycles).

Selection Process:
The applications will be 1) vetted by CHGD leadership to determine readiness to prepare an R01 grant, 2) selected for brief interviews, and 3) sent to Chairs for final selection. There are a limited number of mentee spots in Boot Camp each year.

Participation Requirements:

Please note that applicants must be available for the following events:

  • Opening Ceremony (January 15, 2020)
  • All-day Grant Writing Workshop (February 4, 2020)
  • Budgets and Biostatistics Workshops (March / April TBD)
  • Large Group Event – Topic to be Announced (May TBD)
  • Mock Review and Closing Ceremony (October TBD)

For consideration to be a MENTEE, please submit online ONLY these items by Monday, October 28, 2019 following the instructions listed below.

  • Specific Aims draft (1 p.)
  • Supplementary Research Description (1-2 pp.) (optional)
  • Biosketch (NIH format, 5 pp.)
  • Letter of Recommendation from Division Head or Mentor (optional)
  • Name of your Internal Subject Matter Expert (Contract due upon Boot Camp acceptance)

If you have any questions, please contact chgd-bootcamp@umich.edu.