Curriculum Related to Preparation and Submission of Grants
Over the past four years we have begun to emphasize the preparation and submission of a grant during the later part of the fellowship. We have done this for a number of reasons. First, feedback from previous trainees have indicated that the amount and length of so-called “protected-time” early in their research careers is diminishing and that extramural funding is critical in ensuring their success. Second, the senior leadership of the program recognizes that primary care medical researchers need to follow the same career path as other physician-scientists, that is, in order to ensure their success as investigators, they must secure extramural funding.
The fellows are exposed to information about grants in a number of forums. Both in the Fellows and CREST Seminars they receive instruction in how to write a grant. In addition, in the CREST Seminar there is also a presentation about potential grant sources, including, career development awards sponsored by professional societies, industry, and the NIH (K awards). The NIH review process for other types of awards is also discussed. In the SERG Seminar actual grant submissions are discussed, including potential funders and collaborators.