Lessons for Success Application Instructions
Access the online application system during the application period. Once in the system, select "Lessons for Success Applicants" from the drop-down menu.
- Cover Letter (limit 1 page)
Describe how you will benefit from participating in Lessons for Success, and provide any further information you want reviewers to know regarding your career trajectory, grant status, or any special circumstances affecting your history.
- Complete, extramural research grant proposal
Your application must include a complete, extramural research grant proposal for which you had the primary role in conceptualizing and writing (see FAQ on what constitutes extramural research grant). A complete proposal should include all grant sections except for the budget or other sensitive financial information. At a minimum, the proposal must include an abstract, the specific aims, and the research strategy. This grant will not be used in evaluating your application. Rather, if you are selected to attend, this grant will be shared with Lessons for Success faculty and attendees and used in didactic sessions. You should select a grant that you are comfortable sharing with others and that would benefit from a critique. If you are selected to participate, you will have the opportunity to discuss with your assigned Lessons for Success faculty member an additional, in-progress grant.
If you are submitting a grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), please submit a PDF of the grant only, not the entire NIH Adobe package. Please submit any summary statement of reviewer critiques, if available.
- PI Consent Form [PDF] (if applicable)
You are expected to submit a grant for which you had the primary role in conceptualizing and writing. However, if you are not the named or sole PI, you must submit a consent form signed by the PI. This form affirms that you were a major participant in the writing and development of the grant and gives permission to use the grant as conference material. Be sure to fill in your name and the name of the grant proposal before requesting a signature.
- 5-Year Career Plan (limit 2–3 pages, 11-point font, single-spaced)
The 5-year career plan should provide an overview of your goals and steps to achieve those goals. The plan will include three sections: teaching, research, and service. The amount of effort devoted to each area and the nature of activities within each category will vary based upon the type of university at which you are employed, as well as your career stage. Predoctoral and postdoctoral students may include a section on research training, either in addition to the other components or instead of an irrelevant component. You should include only those components that are appropriate to your career stage. See career plan template [PDF].
- Research Statement (limit 1 page, 11-point font, single-spaced)
The research statement should provide an overview of your research program (including its anticipated development) over the next 3–5 years. The statement should specify (a) the major goals, including theoretical framework, questions, and significance of your line of research; (b) the major methods you use to address those goals; and (c) the funding sources you plan to target. The statement you provide will be reviewed as part of the application; for those chosen to participate, the Research Statement will provide the mentor with an overview of research plans. In addition, the workshop materials will include the research statements of all participants. You should include your name, education, and current affiliation and position at the top of the research statement. See research statement template [PDF].
- Biographical Sketch (limit 4 pages)
The biographical sketch should be based on the NIH biographical sketch format, modified to contain the following sections: Education/Training, Personal Statement, Positions and Honors, Selected Peer-reviewed Publications, Non Peer-reviewed Publications, National Peer-reviewed Conference Presentations, Extramural Research Support, Extramural Research Support Submitted, and Intramural Research Support. See detailed instructions and a sample biosketch [PDF].