Grants Academy


Penn State University and Penn State College of Medicine Grants Academy is a structured, non-credit workshop intended to assist participants with preparation and submission of an independent investigator-initiated grant application.  Applications will include:  R01, R21, K01/K08, American Cancer Society, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Heart Association, and American Diabetes Association (among others).  Participants will be asked to commit (in writing) to submit a grant application (with support of their chair) in the Summer or Fall.  It is anticipated that this will require a 10% commitment of time (4-5 hours per week).  The Academy itself will only meet once per month (generally first Thursday of the month from 7:30-9:00 am).  However, each meeting will be accompanied by the required submission of a component of the final grant application.  In addition to the Directors (Drs. Sheila Vrana and Kent Vrana), the Academy will identify and recruit mentors to serve as “readers” to assist with preparation of deliverable units. 


Dr. Kent Vrana

  • Elliot S. Vesell Professor and Chair
  • Department of Pharmacology
  • Chair, NIH Molecular Neuropharmacology and Signaling (MNPS) Study Section

Dr. Sheila Vrana

  • Associate Dean for Research, Office of Research Affairs



Please contact the Office of Research Affairs at 717-531-8495.  Thank you.