Are you working on a K or R? If so, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and the UAB Scientific Community of Outcomes Researchers (SCOR) invite you to apply to our Grant Writing Intensive Cohort!

What is the CCTS/SCOR Grant Writing Intensive Cohort (GRIT)?

Developed by SCOR and the CCTS, the Grant Writing Intensive Cohort (GRIT) offers scholars four months of highly structured weekly activities focused on specific steps in the grant application process. From NIH Specific Aims and Biosketches to training and budget plans, the GRIT cohort program will provide invaluable guidance and help keep you on track to meet your submission deadline.

How is GRIT Different?

K2R July2018The first CCTS/SCOR K2R cohort: Crystal Chapman Lambert, PhD; Bertha Hidalgo, MPH, PhD; Christina Muzny, MD; and Tiffany L. Carson, PhD, MPH. CCTS Training Academy Co-Director Dr. Michael Mugavero and Program Director Dr. Becky Reamey stand behind the trainees.

Unlike many grant writing groups, our program offers four months of highly structured weekly activities focused on specific steps in your grant application process. From NIH Specific Aims and Biosketches to training and budget plans, our cohort program will provide invaluable guidance and keep you on track to meet your submission deadline. Our structured and tailored timeline includes the following steps:

CCTS Nascent Project Panel

Specific Aims Workshop

Biosketch Workshop

BERD+ Consultation

Weekly Intensive Sessions Focused on Specific Grant Sections      

CCTS Panels Done Quickly (twice)

Scientific Editing

SCOR Logo V6.2

Graphic Development

How to apply?

CCTS and SCOR welcome all students, trainees, postdocs, and early stage career faculty who are committed to dedicating weekly time and energy to apply to a cohort. Once accepted, applicants must secure $3500 in funding to match the CCTS investment, which underwrites scientific editing and graphic design services, event costs, one-on-one coaching, and the latest edition of The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook.


  • "The CCTS/SCOR cohort program was essential to my grant writing productivity and ultimate success in submitting a well-written R01 grant."


    — Bertha Hidalgo, PhD, MPH, Department of Epidemiology, UAB

  • "Through establishing a cohort of peers and setting benchmarks for progress, the program created a climate of accountability that encouraged me to stay on task."


    — Tiffany Carson, PhD, MPH, Division of Preventive Medicine, UAB