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NRMN Steps Towards Academic Research Fellowship Program (NRMN STAR)

The NIH-funded National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) was created to address the unmet need for greater diversity in the biomedical and biobehavioral research workforce. NRMN STAR is one of four professional development training programs that is committed to increasing the number of people from diverse backgrounds successfully obtaining NIH grants.

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.

Current Locations:

University of North Texas Health Sciences Center (UNTHSC)

California State University, Northridge (CSUN)

Morgan State University


Program Directors 

Jamboor K. Vishwanatha, PhD, & Harlan Jones, PhD, University of North Texas Health Science Center

For additional information about this grant writing group process, or to determine if it is a good fit for your needs, please contact


Recognizing the difficulty for junior faculty and postdoctoral fellow to accept a summer-long fellowship which would require an extended absence from home and family, the NRMN STAR provides a schedule that accommodates the work and family schedules of the participants. The program provides a unique approach that combines on-site professional development and education with distance learning techniques that include online digital meetings, and “store and forward” technology.

Size of Instructor Cohort: 2 NRMN faculty; up to 5 coaches in training

Size of Cohort: up to 12 Mentees per program cycle

Total Program Duration: 6 – 12 months

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. 

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