Intensive grant development program launches

The KU Life Span Institute has launched a nine-month intensive program focused on supporting early career investigators in their efforts to secure federal grant funding for intellectual and developmental disability research. 

The Research Rising Intensive Grant Development Training Program for Early Stage Investigators (ESI) Studying Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, or ESI Training Program, attracted a strong pool of applicants; participants chosen for the program began meeting with mentors in August. 

The program is an initiative of the Life Span Institute's Research Rising project, Advancing Intellectual and Developmental Disabilty Research at KU, a $3 million investment from the KU Office of Research. It is led by Drs. Colombo, Shogren, and Mosconi who collectively have experience successfully competing for research funding from NIH, IES, NSF, industry, and private foundations, among others. 

The program opened to applications in spring 2023.