Clinical & Translational Career Development

Grant Pacing Workshops

Current Workshop Dates

Now registering for June 2020 deadline submissions! You must attend both sessions for your type of grant, one in January and one in February.

Part I
K Grants – Monday, January 20, 2020, 1 PM – 5 PM
R Grants – Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 1 PM – 5 PM
2525 West End Ave., 10th Floor VICTR Board Room

Part II
K Grants – Monday, February 24, 2020, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
R Grants – Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
2525 West End Ave., 3rd floor, Room 338 (VPRAD Classroom)

Email adrienne.babcock to register by January 10.  Workshops for the October 2020 deadlines will take place in April (Part 1) and June (Part 2) 2020*.

*dates subject to change

What’s a Grant Pacing Workshop?

Break It Down to Build It Better is a practical series of workshops and peer accountability meetings designed to pace attendees smoothly to the completion of a grant.  Topics covered include making a customized grant preparation timeline, using task lists to ensure continuous momentum, constructing flow diagrams, navigating Vanderbilt’s submission process, and maximizing assistance from mentors, staff, and students.

Break it Down to Build it Better consists of two workshops: A half-day session followed by an all-day workshop about four weeks later. Both sessions involve pre-work. During workshops you will have many opportunities to ask questions, troubleshoot problems, and work on your upcoming submission.

You must be submitting a grant in the associated cycle to participate and must commit to both sessions and the majority of the group meetings. Up to 16 individuals are able to participate in each series of workshops.  The first workshop is typically held five months prior to the intended major NIH grant submission deadline.

2020 Schedule*:
First Workshop Second Workshop NIH Deadline
January 20 (K) or 21 (R) February 24 (K) or 25 (R) June 5
April 20 (K) or 21 (R) June 8 (K) or 9 (R) October 5
September 8 (K) or 9 (R) October 12 (K) or 13 (R) February 5
*dates subject to change


A registration email with exact workshop dates typically goes out two-three months before the first workshop of a series.  Email Adrienne Babcockto get on the distribution list.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
Translational Bridge Seminar: What I Wish I'd Known Before I Wrote My K.
Panel Discussion
12:00 PM, MCN C2209

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