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The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and DGSOM Office of Physician Scientist Career Development is offering a NIH Grant Writing Bootcamp for junior faculty and trainees who are submitting their first NIH K or R application.

Capacity is limited and participants will be selected based on the quality of their specific aims page and availability for in-person meetings. Bootcamp sessions run for 3-4 months and will be offered twice yearly:

  • Fall session: October-February
  • Spring session: April-September

Next bootcamp application deadline: February 29, 2024
Acceptance notifications: March 2024
Bootcamp dates: April to September 2024 intended for participants who will submit a first-time NIH application between October 2024 to February 2025.

We will provide step-by-step, hands-on grant writing support through a series of in-person meetings to give real-time interactive feedback while the participant prepares their first K or R application, culminating in an NIH grant submission.

  • Participants will be introduced to the format and requirements of an NIH K or R application.
  • Participants will work together in a peer feedback group to develop drafts of each document.
  • Participants will get feedback from faculty.


  • Participants must commit to a 2-hour in-person meeting every week from April to September 2024. Those who miss multiple meetings may be asked to withdraw from the bootcamp.
  • Between meetings, participants will be asked to create document drafts and provide reciprocal feedback to peers.
  • Participants are expected to submit their first NIH K or R application between October 2024 and February 2025.


  • Have a junior faculty or trainee appointment at one of the UCLA CTSI institutions (Cedars-Sinai, CDU, Harbor-UCLA/Lundquist Institute, and UCLA).
  • Attend the in-person meetings at UCLA Westwood.
  • Plans to submit their first K or R grant for one of the October 2024 to February 2025 NIH due dates.

CLICK HERE to submit an online application by February 29, 2024, including:

  • CV or NIH Biosketch
  • Specific Aims (1 page)

For questions, please email CTSIWD@mednet.ucla.edu.