The Grants & sponsored Research IniTiative


The Grants & sponsored Research IniTiative (GRIT) is a monthly research group/webinar with aims to:

  • Provide a space for new investigators to receive constructive feedback from peers on grant proposals for NIH and other funders
  • Provide an opportunity for senior investigators to share their grant writing experience with others on specific agencies and funding mechanisms
  • Allow investigators from LMIC sites linked to the U19 hubs to participate in webinars and present on proposals such as the K43 Emerging Global Leaders award to build capacity

Presenters are a mix of US and LMIC investigators from each U19 hub with both senior and junior investigators presenting and providing feedback. The proposed format will allow 30-40 minutes of presentation and 20-30 minutes for constructive feedback and questions from investigators in the audience. Participants are able to attend in person or online via Zoom Meeting.

Upcoming GRIT seminars


Recent GRIT seminars

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Ryan K. McBain, Health Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation and Director of Economic Evaluation at Partners In Health
“Economic Analysis in Program Evaluation”

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Vikram Patel, MBBS, PhD, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School
“Psychological Treatments for the World: Lessons from the Global South”

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Lakshmi Vijayakumar, PhD, Founder, SNEHA and Head of Department, Psychiatry, Voluntary Health Services, Chennai
“Suicide Among Refugees: A Mockery of Humanity”

Monday, February 11, 2019
Gregory Aarons, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Child and Adolescent Services Research Center, University of California San Diego
“Developing and Testing Implementation and Scale-up Strategies to Improve Health”

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Ross Brownson, PhD, Bernard Becker Professor of Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis
“Crafting an Aims Page: a Key Ingredient for Successful Proposal Writing”

Monday, November 5, 2018
Dr. Sinead Walsh, Ambassador of the European Union to South Sudan
Dr. Oliver Johnson, Visiting Lecturer in Global Health, King's College London
“Getting to Zero: A Doctor and a Diplomat on the Ebola Frontline”

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Wouter den Hollander, PhD, Research Data Analyst, Trimbos Institute
“Applying unsupervised machine learning in the Scottish wellbeing study: Visualizing large data & data driven hypothesis generation”

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
John Naslund, PhD, Research Fellow in Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
“A PCORI proposal for engaging young people living with mental illness and building capacity”

Monday, April 30, 2018
Enola Proctor, PhD, Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis
“Writing Dissemination and Implementation Science Grants”

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Erika Sabbath, ScD, Assistant Professor, Boston College SSW, and Summer Hawkins, PhD, MS, Associate Professor, Boston College SSW
“Getting your K award funded on the first submission”

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Geoffrey Curran, PhD, Director, Center for Implementation Research, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Science
“Effectiveness-implementation Hybrid Designs”


The series is co-sponsored by the U19 Youth Forward project (PI: Betancourt), U19 ESSENCE Hub (PIs: Patel & Shidhaye), and U19 SPIRIT Hub (PIs: Pathare, Vijayakumar, Shields-Zeeman), each funded by NIMH, as well as Boston College’s School of Social Work.