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Application Process

Grants 102 is open only to individuals with a faculty appointment (Instructor level or above).  Postdoctoral fellows, residents, other research personnel, and administrative staff are not eligible.

The 2024 Grants 102 course will be held from February to July 2024. Dates and locations are listed in the Course Outline. Participants are asked to plan in advance to attend all sessions. 

Application packets should include the following information.

  • Cover letter – The cover letter should include: applicants grant proposal history to date indicating both funded and unfunded proposals, the funding agency where applicant plans to submit the grant developed in the workshop, and the level of the anticipated application (e.g., a career development award, a young investigator/starter grant, a regular research proposal such as an NIH RO1, R21, or other application, etc.).  The cover letter should also provide a brief statement of the applicant’s career goals and the current distribution of effort for education, research, patient career, and other administrative/service responsibilities.
  • Research Abstract – Applicants should provide a one-page abstract of the research project they anticipate will form the basis of the application they will prepare during the course.  The abstract should clearly state: the hypothesis or major research problem/question; a general overview of specific aims; a brief description of research design and methodology; and the basic, translational, or clinical significance if the research is successfully completed.
  • Current curriculum vita – The CV should be in the UTHealth format required by the Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee in the applicant’s school. CV Template
  • Letter of support from the applicant’s department chair or division director – The letter of support should identify administrative support/departmental resources that are available to help applicants meet the goal of developing an extramurally funded independent research program. This course requires a significant commitment of time from junior faculty participants, the mentors who will assist in grant preparation, and the teaching faculty.  The chair’s letter should acknowledge the applicant’s current effort distribution and provide assurance that the applicant will have sufficient time available to participate in the program. 

Approval of the applications is not automatic but will be based upon the above materials with especially strong consideration given to the applicant’s cover letter and the department chair’s letter of support.  Preference will also be given to junior faculty members who have not yet received significant research funding, but demonstrate a long-term commitment, potential, and department support to develop an independent research program.

Within one month after the program begins (i.e., by March 13, 2024) participants will be required to identify a senior faculty mentor to guide the preparation of their research proposals.  Applicants are thus encouraged to contact potential mentors as soon as possible to see if they would be willing to serve in an advisory role.  Applicants who would like to discuss the selection of potential mentors at this time or have any other questions may contact the Program Director, Dr. Jake Chen by phone (713-500-6284) or email ( ) for assistance.

*Due to space limitations the program is limited to junior faculty members at UTHealth Schools.  Interested faculty from other TMC institutions should contact Dr. Jake Chen – to discuss space availability.