Cost is $2,500 and includes:
Ground transportation to and from the Charleston International Airport
Hotel Room, Meals during the workshop

Workshop Materials, Mentors and Consultants
NOTE: Airfare not included


Application Information

Important Dates

July 1 – September 1, 2015: Applications accepted

October 8: Successful applicants notified via email

October 10: Waitlisted and non-accepted applications notified via email

October 15: Applicants must confirm acceptance of invitation

October 17: Alternates notified via email

October 28: Participants notified of their primary and secondary mentors

November 1 - December 15: Mentors begin contacting mentees and Pods have at least one preliminary video conference meeting


Complete Application Forms
The application form consists of parts A & B

Part A is for the applicant's research plan

Research Plan Format  - No More Than 3 Pages 
(Separate Document from Biosketch)
References may be additional page(s)

Specific Aims - 1 page
(including hypotheses when appropriate; impact and innovation) 

Research Strategy - 2 pages
1.  Background (brief literature review and rationale)
2.  Significance (implication for the field)
3.  Innovation
4.  Approach
It is important to clearly convey the Aims, Significance and Innovation in these 3 pages

Part B is for the applicant's personal information

(NIH Biosketch).  Download the NIH Biosketch

NOTE:  The research plan and Biosketch can only be submitted one time per applicant. Therefore, it is suggested that both these items are in their final draft before you apply online. Please use the online submission link at the bottom of this page at the bottom of this page


Letters of Support
Two Letters of Support are Required (as described below)

1. Department Chair or Division Head

   Must be from registrant's institution or, if senior trainee,
   in institution where faculty position is anticipated.

The letter of support should contain the following information:

   a.  Provision of registrant's cost of travel/registration.

   b.  Protected time for registrant to prepare for and participate
   in the 4-1/2day workshop, to complete and submit NIH proposal
   or equivalent, and, if funded, to execute the proposed research.

 2. Registrant's Research or Senior Faculty Mentor

   The letter of support should contain the following information:

   a.  Potential of registrant as an academic and as a researcher.

   b.  Adequacy of training and research experience to be
   competitive for an NIH or equivalent; research or research
   training award.

   c.  Overview of registrant's research topic, planned approach,
   facilities, resources, and expertise available.

   d.  Mentor's qualifications (e.g. NIH or comparable funding record
   of accomplishment) and plans for supporting the registrant in
   planning and writing a competitive research proposal.

   e.  NIH Biosketch of faculty mentor.

Both letters should be addressed to the Application Committee and then emailed in PDF format to: Joanie Moritz-Smith  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Acceptance and Confirmation
Following acceptance into the workshop the confirmation of acceptance takes 3 steps

1. Reply to the email sent on October 8 confirming your commitment to attend.

2. Submit the registration fee:  The cost will be $2,500, which includes workshop materials, hotel room, meals, airport transfers, mentors and consultants. (This does not include travel costs or extra night(s) at the Wild Dunes Resort.)

Make check payable to:
Medical University of South Carolina or MUSC 

Mail check to: Ms. JoAnne King, Grant Coordinator
                      MUSC, College of Health Professions
                      77 President St., Room C324, MSC700
                      Charleston, SC 29425

We are not able to accept credit cards at this time. 
If your institution requires an invoice please email Joanie Moritz-Smith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request one.

3. Make individual travel arrangements: Plan to arrive at the Wild Dunes Resort by 1:30pm on the first day of the workshop. Transportation from the Charleston International Airport to the Wild Dunes Resort will be provided.

NoteAfter your acceptance and receipt of your registration fee, we will be making your Wild Dunes reservation for you. When you arrive at the workshop and check in at the Wild Dunes they will ask for a credit card but it will only be for incidental expenses you may have. Further details regarding workshop preparation, schedule and logistics will follow. Participants will be assigned their primary and secondary faculty mentors and “pods” prior to the workshop.



A completed Research Plan and NIH Biographical Sketch must be uploaded with your online application.

TIGRR Online Application

Note:  The research plan and Biosketch can only be submitted one time per applicant. Therefore, it is suggested that both these items are in their final draft before you apply online.