Grant Writing

Academic Health Center

NIH PROPOSAL PREPARATION PROGRAM (P3)

Sponsored by the Medical School Office of Faculty Affairs

Applications for the Summer 20018 P3 Cycle are due Friday, April 13, 2018!

P3 is a program for early-career, assistant professor faculty members in the Academic Health Center preparing their first K- or R-series NIH grant proposal. It is a small (10-12 members), highly interactive, peer grant-writing group that meets 11 times over four months. Each session requires participants to prepare drafts of their proposal sections and critique one another’s written material. Because writing begins immediately, P3 is suitable for faculty whose project aims and approaches are reasonably well conceptualized and who are truly “ready to write.”

To be considered for registration, faculty must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Assistant Professor (any track); may consider early-career Associate Professor
  • Preparing NIH K- or R-series; in development with mentor
  • Planned submission date for October/November 2018 NIH deadline
  • Commit to full 11 session program; attendance is required for first and last session
  • Complete and submit with application SF 424 specific aims page
  • Complete and submit with application NIH-format biographical sketch
  • Have not previously completed the P3 workshop; previous K-participants may be included but will be wait-listed following “first time” applicants.


P3 meetings for the Summer cycle would begin on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, and would continue weekly from there through June 13, 2018, and biweekly after that until our final meeting (the NIH Mock Review) on August 15, 2018. All meetings are from 3:00-5:15 p.m. in the Mayo bldg. Participants from Duluth have participated remotely but must attend the first and final sessions in person.

To apply, submit a completed:

  1. NIH Biosketch form:
  2. one-page SF 424 Specific Aims; and,
  3. a cover page with: a) the title of your grant, b) the funding mechanism (e.g., R01, K01), c) your name; d) terminal degree; e) your academic department, track and rank; f) your primary academic mentor for the grant; g) your and your mentor’s email; h) note any absences from P3 Wednesday’s sessions you anticipate. Materials are to be sent directly to the Program Director, Matt Kushner, PhD at kushn001@umn.edu by COB of the application deadline: April 13, 2018.

If you would like to receive materials related to the NIH Biosketch or Specific Aims, or have other questions related to your P3 application, contact Matt Kushner, Ph.D. at kushn001@umn.edu.