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Focused Investigator Training (FIT) Program

Focused Investigator Training (FIT) Program

The FIT Program is an intensive 5-day hands-on program to assist investigators succeed in the current research/funding environment. Each experienced investigator will take necessary steps toward maximizing competitiveness of a K, R01, or similar investigator-initiated application for submission to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other major funding source. Investigators will be challenged to carefully examine research aims and explore individual professional research goals and, by the end of the program, will have taken critical steps toward fine-tuning the application in ways that study section reviewers expect.

The 2018 FIT Program will be held June 25 - June 29 at the University of Michigan, College of Pharmacy in Ann Arbor, MI.

Informational Conference Calls
‣Tuesday, January 30, 2018: 5:00–5:30 p.m. (EST)
‣Wednesday, February 7, 2018: 2:00–2:30 p.m. (EST)
Learn more about the RI’s Focused Investigator Training (FIT) program and have any questions you may have answered by program faculty mentors. Contact Carla Scarborough ( or 913-492-3311) for dial-in information.

Application Deadline
‣March 31, 2018: Full applications due

2018 FIT Program Brochure
2018 FIT Preliminary Program Brochure PDF

2018 FIT Application Instructions and Application

2018 FIT Program Application Instructions PDF
2018 FIT Program Application Word

The FIT Program is supported by the ACCP RI and gifts to the Frontiers Fund.

The Lighter Side of FIT 2013

Click here for evidence of some of the fun had at FIT 2013.

2014 ACCP PRN FIT Scholarships Available

Seven ACCP PRNs are offering full or partial support for applicants accepted to the 2014 FIT Program who is a member of their respective PRN:

  • Critical Care: 2 full-tuition scholarships
  • Infectious Diseases: 2 full-tuition scholarships
  • Adult Medicine: 1 full-tuition scholarship
  • Ambulatory Care: 1 full-tuition scholarship or 2 half-tuition scholarships
  • Hematology/Oncology: 1 full-tuition scholarship
  • Immunology/Transplantation: 1 full-tuition scholarship
  • Education and Training: 1 half-tuition scholarship

If you are a member of one or more of the PRNs listed above, ACCP strongly encourages you to submit an application by the March 31 deadline to take advantage of these funding opportunities.

Additionally, the Research Institute will provide a full tuition FIT Program scholarship for one researcher whose approved 2014 FIT proposal incorporates the ACCP PBRN. Each prospective grant applicant will undergo the same review and critique procedures as those used for all other FIT applicants.

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