Advance-R Program

This career development program is designed to help investigators secure their first R-Award (or similar).

About the Program

The Advance-CTR’s Professional Development Core is dedicated to helping early-career health researchers in Rhode Island with the resources and training needed to build competitive, independent research programs. We are therefore excited to offer faculty submitting proposals for their first R-award (and similar) the opportunity to have their proposals reviewed by an internal study section consisting of content experts and experienced NIH reviewers prior to external submission. Written NIH-style feedback, as well as additional comments on grantsmanship, from the internal study section will be provided to help researchers improve the quality of their application. Additionally, we will provide training on issues related to the submission process.


See the Advance-R 2023 RFA


  • Investigators with faculty appointments at Brown, URI, Care New England, Lifespan, and the VA Providence Healthcare System are eligible to apply.
  • The PI may not have previously held an R-series award to be eligible; however, those whose most advanced R-series award is an R03 may apply.
  • Submission types may include: R01, R21, R34, VA merit awards, or similar.
  • Ability to provide a complete original application (or revised application for re-submissions) that is ready for submission to the Internal Study Section Committee no later than the date specified below.
    • Please note: Drafts submitted to the Study Section should be completed at a level appropriate for submission to a funding agency.

Advance-R Leadership

  • Judy Kimberly

    Judy Kimberly, PhD

    Co-Lead, Advance RI-CTR Tracking & Evaluation Core, Evaluation Director, Brown University
  • Ulrike Mende, MD, FAHA

    Ulrike Mende, MD, FAHA

    Professor of Medicine, Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Sharon Rounds

    Sharon Rounds, MD

    Program Director, Advance RI-CTR, Associate Dean for Translational Science, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Pulmonary/Critical Care Physician, Providence VA Medical Center
  • Dr. Audra Van Wart

    Audra Van Wart, PhD

    Co-Lead, Advance RI-CTR Professional Development Core, Director of University Postdoctoral Affairs, Brown University, Associate Dean for Training and Program Development, Division of Biology and Medicine, Assistant Professor of Medical Science, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University