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Research Project Grant (RPG) Retreat

The Office of Research Development (ORD) offers Research Project Grant (RPG) retreats several times a year. These interactive half-day sessions give individual investigators the opportunity to gain constructive criticism on a specific research concept or proposal.

These retreats, also, provide an objective review and suggestions for competitive research proposals that will be submitted to NIH or another peer-review sponsor. While results cannot be guaranteed, many previous presenters have had success on their first or second submission.

Any member of the MUSC research community is eligible to present and/or attend. Presenters should be qualified to serve as a principal investigator for a grant mechanism appropriate to their level of training and career stage. Both new and experienced investigators can benefit by participating in RPG retreats as presenters, reviewers, or members of the audience. The opportunity to learn by example is substantial. Post-doctoral and pre-doctoral students are encouraged to participate.

Retreat Outline

The retreat format involves three to four presentations, each lasting no more than 20 minutes, followed by 25 minutes of critique and discussion with review panelists and audience members. Presentations should summarize the project’s hypothesis and specific aims and provide a brief overview of scientific approach, anticipated results and potential problems. A power point template is available to assist presenters as they develop their presentation. Please review the guidelines for presenters materials for more detailed information.

Review panel consists of three to five senior investigator-mentors with peer-review experience and a broad grasp of contemporary basic, translational and/or clinical biomedical or bio-behavioral research. The overall goal is to enhance grantsmanship and demystify the peer review process. For more specifics regarding the evaluation process, please visit the review panel information.

A reviewer and a presenter may have organizational or scientific overlap, as this is a collegial rather than a competitive process. Presenters are encouraged to suggest individuals or expertise to serve as reviewers. Presenters may also invite colleagues, mentors and collaborators to attend. As you consider participating in a retreat, please review the list of past presenters and panelists.

For More Information 

To register to present for the December 3rd Research Project Retreat or to suggest a faculty member’s participation, please contact: Wanda Hutto, Assistant Director, Research Development at 792-0867 or email   




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