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NRMN – CIC Academic Network (NRMN-CAN)

NRMN-CAN Mission: To provide professional development, grant writing, and mentor training to Early Stage Investigators, especially those from underrepresented populations in the biomedical workforce, and to assist mentors in developing core competencies for mentor facilitating and grant writing coaching.

Program Note: We are finishing the first phase of NRMN and are looking forward to the next round of programs. NRMN program offerings vary during the transition time, and unfortunately, we are not able to offer new grant writing coaching groups during the 2018-2019 academic year. The next round of program offerings will be known early 2019. We encourage you to take advantage of what NRMN can offer in the short-term (e.g. guided virtual mentoring, networking on MyNRMN) and look forward to the next phase, which will begin in July 2019. Please consider signing up for the grant writing coaching group digest to receive notifications about future grant writing programs if/when they become available by clicking HERE. Contact with any questions.

Transformative Goal of NRMN-CAN: To change the face of the biomedical workforce by increasing the number of underrepresented scientists to successfully pursue academic careers by:

  • Providing professional development, mentor training, and grant writing experiences to Early Stage Investigators (postdocs and junior faculty)
  • Training cohorts of faculty grantsmanship coaches and establishing campus-based grant writing groups, in collaboration with the NRMN Professional Development Core
  • Directly addressing the benefits and challenges of diversity, inclusivity, and culture within mentoring relationships by assisting senior faculty in developing core competencies for mentoring and creating inter-institutional mentor training, in collaboration with the NRMN Mentor Training Core

NRMN-CAN leverages the resources of NRMN, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and individual member institutions to offer an annual Professional Development and Grantwriting Conference and annual Mentor Training Workshops in order to build institutional capacity at our institutions and foster sustainability of our mission.

NRMN-CAN Principal Investigators:  Nancy Schwartz, PhD, University of Chicago and Charity Farber, MA, Big Ten Academic Alliance

NRMN-CAN Program Coordinator: Laurie E. Risner, PhD, University of Chicago

NRMN-CAN Participating Universities:
Michigan State University • Pennsylvania State University • Indiana University • Northwestern University • Ohio State University • Purdue University • University of Minnesota • University of Chicago • University of Michigan • University of Illinois at Chicago • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign • University of Wisconsin-Madison • University of Iowa • University of Nebraska-Lincoln • Rutgers University • University of Maryland

The NRMN-CAN steering committee consists of faculty, staff, and deans from the 16 participating institutions.

NRMN-CAN Kickoff/Workshop Location: Big Ten Conference Center in Rosemont, Illinois

NRMN-CAN Program Length: Kickoff is held each fall with the program extending 3 – 4 months on average

Note: Upon completion of the program, trainees will receive a 6-month, 12-month, and 18-month assessment to complete. These assessments will help improve NRMN and other programs in the future. 

Please see the above Program Note for information regarding future Grant Writing Coaching Groups

For more information about the NRMN-CAN program, visit: 

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