Call for 2022 Mentored Research Development Award LOIs

The Professional Development Core is pleased to announce a new Mentored Research Development Award (MRDA) call through the DE-CTR ACCEL Program. A brief Letter of Intent is due April 4, 2022.

The principal goal of the MRDA program is to improve the success rate for grant submissions from junior faculty. To accomplish this objective, MRDA Scholars (recipients) will work with their chosen mentor(s) to achieve milestones associated with the preparation of a targeted grant application.

To assure highly-competitive grant submissions, MRDA Scholars also will take advantage of extensive ACCEL resources. These include grant writing workshops, peer mentoring groups, grant review sessions, support from the Professional Development Core (PDC), and biostatistics and study design consultations with experts from the ACCEL Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Core (BERD).

MRDAs support awardees by releasing them from non-research responsibilities (e.g., clinical work, teaching, administration) and/or providing minimal funding to allow for participation in defined activities associated with writing and submitting a competitive grant proposal. At the end of the MRDA period, awardees are required to submit a fully-developed grant proposal to one of the approved mechanisms detailed in the Program Announcement.

A brief Letter of Intent (LOI) is due April 4, 2022.
Contact Erin Riegel, ACCEL PDC Manager

Due DateAction
April 4, 2022Letter of Intent due
May 16, 2022Proposals are due for Mentoring Oversight Committee review
June 7, 2022Additional information requests are sent to applicants to clarify budget requests (if needed).
June 17, 2022Funding decisions will be made by the Executive Committee and awardees will be announced
August 15, 2022 (Cohort 1) or January 1, 2023 (Cohort 2)MRDA Scholars will be admitted to the MRDA program; scholars may begin work
(Specific dates for each cohort to be announced)Mandatory orientation for MRDA Scholars via Blue Jeans
(Specific dates for each cohort to be arranged)Start of six session grant preparation class
June 30, 2023Work on all MRDAs must be completed

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