The application cycle for our 2024-2025 cohort of the FIU-RCMI Pilot Project Program is now open.

Preliminary Applications Due:

Friday, Sept. 29, 2023
by 11:59 p.m.

Preliminary Application Link

*Full Applications

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024
by 11:59 p.m.


June 1, 2024 – May 31, 2025

*Full application instructions and additional files will be sent to the applicants selected during the preliminary application process.

Should there be any questions, please email Cinthya Silva-Cruz at

Workshop Series Fall 2023

Our workshop series is designed to aid applicants in submitting their RCMI Pilot grant application, as well as provide intensive training on how to write and submit a successful NIH application.

To confirm your attendance for these sessions, select the RSVP button below. Should there be any questions, please email Cinthya Silva-Cruz at

If interested in viewing previous seminars, please click here.


Session 1: Grant Sections Overview and Review Criteria

Presenter: Dr. Diana Sheehan Delgado

Date: 09/15/2023

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Location: WC 130 & Zoom

Become thoroughly familiar with the NIH application and review process. Learn everything there is to know about the RCMI review criteria for the application process.

Session 2: Tips & Strategies to Identify a Mentor and Establish an Effective Mentoring Relationship

Presenter: Dr. Jason Mitchell

Pre-recorded Session & One-on-one Mentoring Office Hours: Sept. 18-22

Mentorship advances science, cultivates connections, and nurtures development on both a personal and professional level. It necessitates comprehending goals, communication preferences, expectations, and feedback from both mentors and mentees. This session offers helpful advice on mentoring from both angles.

Session 3: Research Strategy: Significance, Innovation and Scientific Premise

Presenter: Dr. Eric Wagner

Date: 09/29/2023

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Location: WC 130 & Zoom

Learn how to communicate the significance and scientific concepts concisely. Determine tactics for successfully proving innovation. Recognize the variations among innovation, premise, relevance, and influence.

Session 4: Tips of Strengthening the Approach

Presenter: Dr. Zoran Bursac

Date: 10/06/2023

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Location: WC 130 & Zoom

Create tactics that effectively illustrate the approach’s rigor. Determine the essential components that should be used in the strategy. Recognize how to create an analytical plan. Determine what is required to perform a power analysis.

Session 5: Developing a Project Timeline, Budget, and Budget Justification

Presenter: Dr. Michelle Hospital

Date: 10/20/2023

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Location: WC 130 & Zoom

Acquire knowledge about creating workable project timelines. Gain knowledge on how to plan research while staying within a budget. Decide what to include and what to omit in a successful NIH budget. Recognize the proper way to use ORED forms to generate the budget for the application.


Session 6: Writing the Biosketch, Addressing Human Subject Protections, Data Safety and Monitoring Plans

Presenter: Dr. Mary Jo Trepka

Date: 10/26/2023

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Location: WC 130 & Zoom

This session will show you how to create a biosketch that goes along with your proposal. Along with learning how to balance the study’s risks and rewards, participants will also learn how to decide what to include in a thorough human subjects section.

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