About the Workshop

General Information

The upcoming intensive grant writing workshop builds upon the successful model used by the Enhancing Rehabilitation Research in the South (ERRIS) workshops that resulted in many junior investigators receiving NIH and NIDRR level research funding. 

Unlike passive seminars on grant writing, selected mentees will come prepared to complete at least the specific aims for a grant proposal for submission to the NIH or other funding agency. This offering is based upon a 10 year history of successfully providing mentorship to approximately 300 Junior and mid-level faculty from throughout the North America and in several foreign countries.

The Wild Dunes Resort

Situated on a picturesque island setting, flanked by the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, filled with award-winning amenities including 36 holes of Fazio golf, topped-ranked tennis facility, recreation, wellness, and spa services.

Tucked into the heart of Wild Dunes Resort and just 150 yards from the beach is The Boardwalk Inn, offer a relaxed, private feel. Boardwalk Inn is just steps away from the beach, the resorts recreation centers and the 16,000 square feet of exceptional conferenced space.


 Workshop Brochure


 Leadership Team


        Richard L. Segal, PT, PhD, FAPTA (Principal Investigator)

Dr. Segal has over 25 years of experience carrying out rehabilitation oriented Neuroscience research on motor control and spinal circuits.  He has mentored many professional students, pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral students and junior faculty members during his career including many in rehabilitation sciences.  He served as a mentor for the past 10 years for the intensive grant writing workshops (first ERRIS and now TIGRR) with numerous mentees successfully attaining extramural funding following the workshop.  He was responsible for promoting Rehabilitation Engineering research and training in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina through his role as co-Interim Director of the UNC-NCSU Rehabilitation Engineering Center and is now continuing promoting rehabilitation research at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) as Chair of the Department of Health Professions.



Daniel Corcos, PhD (Co-PI and Chair of Curriculum Committee)

Dr. Corcos is currently Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He has served as a reviewer for NIH since 1994, was chair of the Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Study Section for three years, and served on The Distinguished Editorial Panel to review NIH Challenge grants. He is currently the Chair of the MFSR study section (2011-2013) and recently chaired an SEP on “Medical Rehabilitation Research Resource (R24)”. In addition, he has received recognition of his mentoring of junior faculty. His experience with ERRIS over the last three years has convinced him that the rehabilitation grantsmanship workshop is a program that can have an enormous impact on the way in which junior investigators approach both their science and grant writing.




W. Zev Rymer, MD, PhD (Co-PI and Chair the Recruitment Committee)

As Vice President for Research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), Dr. Rymer oversees all research endeavors throughout the RIC system of care. He is RIC's most senior scientist and the founder of many of its current research programs. Dr. Rymer also serves as RIC's John G. Searle Chair in Rehabilitation Research and Director of the Sensory Motor Performance Program, a position he has held since 1987. In his roles at RIC Dr. Rymer has established himself as one of the most successful mentors of junior faculty.  In addition, he has been able to relate to the many backgrounds that can contribute to rehabilitation research.






We would like to thank the following agencies for their continued support of the TIGRR Workshop


Questions? Contact the UNC/NCSU Rehabilitation Engineering Center:
Joanie Moritz-Smith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (919) 513-3840