The R01 Application Program (RAP) is a nine-month program brought about by a collaboration with Faculty & Professional Development, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC). This program is designed to provide New Investigators with a solid foundation in creating, submitting, and receiving their first RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


The R01 Application Program is a 9-month cohort styled program designed to provide a solid foundation in creating, submitting, and obtaining and R01 for new investigators. RAP is a multifaceted program designed to help faculty members receive their first R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Senior faculty with strong track records of NIH funding will help guide groups of participants through the development and proposal process, while the team structure encourages peer support and feedback. Our program is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in science and would especially welcome applications from historically underrepresented racial, gender, and ethnic groups to promote equity in obtaining grant funding.


The R01 Application Program is comprised of integrated dynamic workshops, RO1 progress presentations, and peer accountability sessions:

  • Participants will receive specialized training and guidance from peers and experts over 9 months.
  • Guest speakers with established track records of external funding will join us for group sessions.
  • Activities and resources designed to provide participants with the tools and knowledge they need to write a successful R01 application (e.g., proposal writing seminar, mock review).
  • Self-directed peer group activities will share and review proposal sections, provide constructive feedback to one another, and address problems and needs of mutual interest.
  • Final review of RO1 applications with expert panel and peers.


  • Candidates must have a joint or full Faculty appointment with UC Davis SOM.
  • Must be willing to commit to full program (9 months)
  • Participation is limited to faculty members who have not yet been Principal Investigators on R01 grants.
  • Candidates must have a doctoral or other clinical terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M.)
  • Candidates must have Chair approval.


If you choose to apply:

The application period for 2021-2022 Cohort is now closed. Applications for the next cohort wil be open in Summer of 2022.

Applications will need to include:

*** Please write all documents in lay terms. ***

We plan to select 6-8 candidates per year. The impact section of the application will be heavily weighed during the selection process.

For questions regarding registration or the training please contact Lizz Peters at:

Clinical and Translational Science Center