FAQs

Who is ARI for?

Participants: The program targets new investigators who are ready to submit grant applications for independent research funding (e.g., NIH R01 funding). Typically, ARI Scholars are midway through a mentored career development award or have demonstrated equivalent achievements. Scholars usually participate in the program for two years.

When is this year's ARI Spring Retreat being held?

The 2016 ARI Spring Retreat will be held from April 19-22, 2017 at the Hacienda Del Sol, Tucson, AZ.
 

How have Scholars benefitted from ARI in the past?
Outcomes, to date, suggest that ARI has been effective in meeting its aims:
  • Two-fold increases through several indices in the likelihood of new investigators achieving R-level funding
  • Two-fold decrease in the likelihood of a year or more gap between career development award and R-level funding
  • Increased involvement and skill development of the field’s midcareer researchers in mentoring and leadership activities
Comments from past ARI Scholars:

"ARI was extremely helpful during the preparation of my first R01 submission. Thanks to the help I received through participating in ARI, it was funded on its first submission." (Cohort 1)

"ARI was critical to my career development in three ways. First, the Institute provided me an opportunity to learn about the NIH-NIMH research funding process from idea conception to proposal writing to submission. Second, I learned several important points about how to present my research more effectively, and the ARI workshops resulted in several substantive improvements in my research proposal. Third, ARI afforded me an opportunity to acquire and analyze pilot data that was instrumental in developing my research proposals."  (Cohort 1)

"ARI provided me with a necessary infusion of enthusiasm, support, advice, and constructive criticism at a crucial time – when I needed to submit an R01 to continue to develop my research path. I was able to get timely input, extremely direct advice, and very helpful specific ideas about my research goals and methods. The mentors have been very helpful for sorting though ideas that were and were not productive to pursue. One of the most important benefits of ARI, however, has been connecting with a network of investigators who support one another, collaborate, give input generously, and provide encouragement when one needs it."  (Cohort 2)

"ARI was a great experience. I met scholars working in the field of geriatric mental health that I would likely never have otherwise met. I made site visits to their institutions, and was able to observe the process by which other research teams collaborate. I also presented my research during these site visits.  I had the opportunity to learn more about the intricacies of proposal writing and to have my proposals reviewed by mentors. This, I believe, was instrumental in the success of an R01 proposal that [has been] funded. My mentors gave me feedback on what reviewers need to see to feel confident that a proposal is worthy of funding. These lessons, I believe, I will take into my future work as a researcher and scholar." (Cohort 2)

"The most useful part of ARI has been working with my mentor and getting feedback on my first R01 from multiple perspectives. The attention to detail of the reviews in the small group work, and the time my mentor has taken to talk through different aspects of my grant have really helped me to shape a good product." (Cohort 3)

Who should I contact for more information about ARI?

Please direct all questions to researchinstitutes@hitchcock.org.