NRMN STAR2018-10-05T17:26:38-04:00

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 PDC@nrmnet.net with any questions.

NRMN-STAR Coaches and Mentees at Conference Table

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 pdc@nrmnet.net.

Overview

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. 

Competencies Gained

Coaches-in-Training will:

  • Gain knowledge and experience in facilitating grant writing and professional development programming
  • Become eligible upon completion of the Coach-in-Training Program to participate as a Coach in future cohorts

 

Mentees will develop their skills across the following areas:

  • Scientific Writing
  • How To Sessions on Grant Writing and Project Development
  • Funding your research: Mechanisms/Alternative Sources
  • Mentor—guided Project and Grant Development
  • Mock Grant Review Process
  • Literature Searches and Reference Databases
  • Institutional Review Board & Human subjects Research
  • Technology Implementation
  • Research Statistics

 

Program Advantages

  • Platform to extensive curriculum for the intended participant (grant writing, professional development)
  • Eased time constraints of junior faculty load and family considerations by providing scheduling flexibility
  • Provision of expanded mentoring beyond the formal 1‐year training program

 

Goals and Expectations

NRMN STAR is expected to increase the number and proportion of:

  • Applications submitted by and awarded to NRMN STAR fellows under various NIH grant mechanisms
  • Publications authored by NRMN STAR fellows in peer-­reviewed journals
  • NRMN STAR fellows promoted and tenured in research tracks
  • NRMN STAR fellows participating in the NIH grant review process
  • NRMN STAR fellows participating in the peer review process for scientific journals
  • NRMN STAR fellows serving in research leadership positions at their institutions or professional organizations

 

Throughout the program, coaches-in-training commit to the following:

  • Attending an in-person kickoff pre-session: Coaching and Mentee Workshop
  • Attending coach/mentee sessions in person (3 sessions occurring throughout the year-long program)
  • Participating in online coach/mentee sessions through the year-long program
  • Participating in “workshop debriefings” that permit time for discussion and questions about NRMN STAR Program

 

Eligibility Requirements

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

 

NRMN STAR @ UNTHSC:

Applicants from throughout the country

NRMN STAR @ CSUN:

Applicants from Los Angeles area

 

 

NRMN STAR @ Morgan State University:

Mentee applicants from Morgan State University

Coaching applicants from the Baltimore area

Note: Participants may not be enrolled in more than one concurrent NRMN Grant Writing Coaching Group.

Mentees

Grant Writing Experience Requirements — None to Minimal
Experience/Level — Postdoctoral Fellows & Junior Faculty*
U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency

NRMN STAR is particularly suited to the needs of the following mentees**:

  • Postdoctoral fellows or junior faculty from a diverse background
  • Those with sincere interest in establishing a research career and commit to a yearlong training program
  • Those with limited professional development experiences
  • Those expressing a need for mentoring
  • Postdoctoral fellows

*Due to NIH restrictions on providing funding and resources to employees or contractors of the NIH Intramural Program through extramural funds, postdoctoral fellows currently working at NIH are not eligible to participate in NRMN grant writing coaching groups.

**Although NRMN supports the training and career development of individuals from groups identified by the NIH as underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social science research careers, eligibility to participate is open to all individuals who meet the program eligibility criteria, and is not limited to individuals who belong to an underrepresented group.

Coaches

Experience/level – Senior faculty

Desired qualifications of NRMN STAR coaches-in-training include:

  • Sufficient success with writing NIH proposals (ideally having sustained a research program in the past, if not currently doing so)
  • Preferably, experience serving on NIH study sections for review of research and/or individual training awards
  • Skills in group facilitation and drawing out others’ input on drafts, not just providing individual feedback
  • Willingness to learn and apply the writing and mentoring strategies put forth in the NRMN STAR model
  • Commitment to assisting early-stage biomedical researchers—particularly scientists from diverse backgrounds—with securing sponsored research funding and advancing in their research careers
  • Willingness to engage mentees regularly through 1-­year mentee program (estimated 1-3 hours per campus visit and virtual meetings as well as commitment with mentee offline)

Locations and Type of Sessions

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

 

NRMN STAR @ UNTHSC:

Not currently offering grant writing programs

NRMN STAR @ CSUN:

Not currently offering grant writing programs

NRMN STAR @ Morgan State University:

Not currently offering grant writing programs

 

Cohorts meet monthly, alternating each month between sessions online (2 hours) and in-person (2 full days) – mentees will work on assignments in between sessions.

Application Process

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

 

Travel and hotel funds are available to help support each participant’s attendance at in-person sessions.  Applicants will be notified of their status at least 3 weeks prior to the in-person kickoff.

The program offers the following support to cover participants’ travel and related expenses:

Coaches

  • Flight
  • Hotel
  • Per Diem Meals
  • Transportation

 

Mentees

  • Hotel
  • Flight

 

Please follow the steps below to apply.

  1. Create an online profile at NRMNet.net by clicking here.
    • You will be prompted to create a password and answer a set of basic questions to create your profile.
    • When asked, “from which organization did you hear about NRMN?” please select “NRMN PDC – Professional Development Core” from the drop-down menu.
    • Once you’ve completed your registration, you will see a notification that your NRMN Profile has been updated. You may then move on to Step 2.
  2. Complete the application. Note: As part of this step, you will need to click here to download the form for obtaining a Letter of institutional support from your home institution.

NRMN STAR @ UNTHSC:

Not currently accepting coaches

Not currently accepting mentees

 

 

NRMN STAR @ CSUN:

Not currently accepting coaches

Not currently accepting mentees

NRMN STAR @ Morgan State University:

Not currently accepting coaches

Not currently accepting mentees


Contact nrmnstar@unthsc.edu with questions about the program.