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Training and Mentored Grants Support

Announcement: Dr Nipun Merchant Awarded a T32 Training Grant for Research Training in Surgical Oncology

Training and Mentored Grants Support

The Office of Education and Training at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center supports the application and management of cancer-focused training grants in several ways. We offer grant workshops, resources and support for the application process. We also offer post-award management for selected training grants.

Grant workshops sponsored by our office are held at least annually for those desiring to understand the components of the mentored grants like NIH F-type (fellowship), K-type (Individual career development) training grant awards, NSF career awards and DOD post-doctoral awards. The two day workshops cover such topics as funding opportunities, what really matters in the review process, fundamentals of successful grant writing, specific aims, the approach section, selling yourself and how to help your mentor/sponsor design a compelling training program for you. Grant workshops and other information and support are also available at the University of Miami through the Office of Research at

The Office of Education and Training also offers resources and support for the application process for T32 training grants. The Office will work with the PI after a faculty roster has been developed to gather data for all of the required data tables and to provide copy of UM and Sylvester resources and facilities. We work in coordination with Sylvester’s Office of Grants and Contracts to submit a competitive grant.
Once a T32 award has been made, the Office of Education and Training at Sylvester supports the management of the day-to-day activities of the program. These activities include xTrain appointments and terminations, financial transactions including stipends, tracking student status, evaluations, progress reports and documentation of program activities such as meetings, retreats, journal clubs, etc.

University of Miami RESOURCES for Grant-writing

Office of Research

The University of Miami Office of Research offers many services that are related to grant writing; they are listed at

The NSF/NIH grant writing workshop provides information on types of grants, where to find funding opportunities, components of the grant application and a detailed discussion of the Specific Aims page. A representative from the Writing Center provides insights into better writing styles. A follow up session for discussion of Specific Aims pages can be scheduled.

The Writing Center

The University of Miami Writing Center can provide specialized assistance with your grant application or other academic writing projects. An experienced consultant will meet with you one-on-one to provide the specific writing help you need, ranging from sentence-level and language concerns to assistance with clarity of content and readability. In-person appointments are offered at the Miller School and Coral Gables campuses, or consultations by phone. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Writing Center 305-284-2956 or email

For questions or more general inquiries about the services we provide, and how the writing center might help you or your team with its research and professional projects, please be in touch with Joanna Johnson Ph.D.,

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Office of Research Administration, Grants and Contracts

We provide grant support by providing guidance on SF424 NIH, DOD and other Sponsor guidelines, including page limits, do’s and don’ts, budget development, internal routing paperwork, and outlines. We put the application together and assist in the final submission to the sponsor on time before the deadline with a final review to ensure all the sections required have been included.
Ms. Glennys Escotto
Clinical Research Building
1120 NW 14th Street
Suite 650S Miami, FL 33136
(305) 243-5935 office

Office of Education and Training Website

A calendar of training events and seminars for all of the Miller School of Medicine is available on this site:

CTSI video of Dr King’s Previous Grant Workshop for R and K grants

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