2017 Advance to Funding (ATF) Program is accepting any first time R application for review!

Advance to Funding (ATF) Program is a pre-submission mock grant review process for faculty who are submitting their first R-level application to the NIH. This ATF program provides the opportunity to submit their R-type grant proposals for internal review prior to submission to the funding agency.

Applicants of this program will receive insight into the grant review process and help to improve the science and format of their applications thereby increasing their chances for success. The process requires internal submission of planned R application at least one-month in advance of NIH deadlines. Core reviewers will then discuss the applications during a teleconference and provide verbal, as well as, written feedback for incorporation into the final proposal. It is suggested that both PIs and their mentor(s) attend the mock study section where the grants are discussed.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must be planning to submit an R type application or equivalent. Acceptable grant types include RO1, RO3, R21, VA Merit, subspecialty type research applications (e.g. ADA, AHA, JDF, ATA). Candidates must also have a faculty appointment at a MW-CTR-IN institution.

Who is not eligible?

Candidates who have been principal investigators on more than 3 NIH research projects (R01), FIRST Awards (R29), sub-projects of program projects (P01), center grants (P50).

Application Instructions:

We need to accurately assess the number of applications/cycle thus we require a Letter of Intent (LOI) is by Apr 16th, 2018. Please have the following information available and submit the LOI online as a Word document: Name, position, department, title of application, type of application (R01, R21 etc), NIH Institute (or name of other funding agency), Abstract, Specific Aims page, and suggested reviewers if any.

Please choose from the following Primary type of research definitions and include with your LOI and
application (reference: Harvard Catalyst):

  • T1- With T1 translational research, findings from basic research are tested for clinical effect and/or applicability. T1 research yields
    knowledge about human physiology and the potential for intervention.
  • T2 – With T2 translational research, investigators test new interventions under controlled environments to form the basis for clinical application and evidence-based guidelines. T2 research yields knowledge about the efficacy of the interventions in optimal settings.
  • T3 – With T3 translational research, investigators explore ways of applying recommendations or guidelines in general practice. T3 research yields knowledge about how interventions work in real-world settings.
  • T4 – With T4 translational research, investigators study factors and interventions that influence the health of populations. T4 research ultimately results in improved global health.

ATF Program Application Due Date: April 16th, 2018

Portal for letter of intent is currently closed. Please check again soon.

INSTRUCTIONS: Please create one Word document for uploading into the internal, online application. Please include all the documents required by the funding agency including, but not limited to, the following: FACE PAGE, BIOSKETCHES, SCIENTIFIC PROPOSAL (e.g. 12 pgs/R01, 6 pgs/R21), BUDGET, BUDGET JUSTIFICATION, LETTERS OF SUPPORT, etc.

ATF Program Mock Study Section Period: Apr 17th – May 31st

Portal for application is currently closed. Please check again soon.

INSTRUCTIONS: All applicants receiving reviews will attend the mock study section in person. Mentors are encouraged to participate either as reviewers or by attending the study section during the discussion of their mentee’s proposal.

ATF Resources Provided

  1. Expert pre-review of scientific method, formatting & grantsmanship.
  2. Open discussion of proposals at mock study section with applicants and mentor(s) in attendance. This allows for increased impact and further understanding of grant review process and also to evaluate the mentor/mentee relationship, as well as applying “train the trainer strategies” .
  3. Written comments and ability to contact reviewers in person for further advice about proposal style, format & substance.
  4. Interactions between core reviewers and PIs may lead to future collaborations.


Contact Us

To contact the CTR-IN Administrative Core by phone, you may call (702) 895-1079 between 8:30am to 5:30pm, Monday - Friday, excluding holidays. Or, you may email us at ctr-in@unlv.edu at any time.


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