TIGGR attendees in workshop session

TIGRR Application

The Application will open July 1st. 


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/travel costs and additional night(s) at Wild Dunes Resort not included

Application Information

Important Dates

July 1– August 7, 2020: Applications accepted (closes at midnight Pacific Time)

October 1: Successful applicants notified via email

October 3: Waitlisted and non-accepted applications notified via email

October 10: Applicants must confirm acceptance of invitation

October 14: Alternates notified via email

October 21: Participants notified of their primary and secondary mentors

October 21 through December: Mentors begin contacting mentees and providing feedback to mentees on proposal and/or research ideas

STEP 1: Complete Application Forms

The application forms consist 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

  • Background (brief literature review and rationale)
  • Significance (implication for the field)
  • Innovation
  • 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)

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 between July 1 and August 7th.

STEP 2: 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:

  • Provision of registrant's cost of travel/registration.
  • 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:

  • Potential of registrant as an academic and as a researcher.
  • Adequacy of training and research experience to be competitive for an NIH or equivalent; research or research training award.
  • Overview of registrant's research topic, planned approach, facilities, resources, and expertise available.
  • 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. For strongest application, the letter from mentor should also include evidence of past and present mentoring interactions with mentee.
  • NIH Biosketch of faculty mentor.

Both letters should be addressed to the Application Committee and uploaded as attachments to the online application. The NIH Biosketch of the faculty mentor will also be uploaded as an attachment in the application.

STEP 3: Submit Application

Note: All of the above listed documents will be attached to your application. Make sure that they are complete before starting the application. You can only apply once.

If you are accepted:

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

2. Submit the registration fee: The cost will be $2,500, which includes workshop materials, hotel room, meals, airport shuttle to the resort, mentors and consultants. (This does not include travel costs or extra night(s) at the Wild Dunes Resort.) TIGRR's administrative staff will send details about how to make the payment. An invoice will be prepared for your institution in case it is needed. 

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

Note: After your acceptance and receipt of your registration fee, we will be making your Wild Dunes reservation for you. 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 towards the end of October.