Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.


Quick Links
Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My healthevet badge

Grant Writing Scholars | South Central MIRECC


The Grant Writing Scholars program provides a small number of investigators with didactic training and individualized mentoring in successful grant writing and is coordinated by Dr. Michael Cucciare, SC MIRECC Associate Director for Research Training.

A small group of applicants selected for the program will write and submit a draft grant proposal due January 5, 2024. Each draft proposal will be reviewed by two investigators (mid-career and senior) in the SC MIRECC to provide helpful advice to strengthen the application, and then discussed via teleconference with the grant writer for individualized feedback.

In late February 2024 (tentative date), the grant writers will attend a one-day didactic workshop featuring:

  • Dr. Natalie Hundt, Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX; and Research Psychologist, SC MIRECC, and Director of Education, IQuest, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX; and
  • Dr. Ellen Fischer, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, and Department of Epidemiology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; SC MIRECC Assistant Director for Research; and Senior Research Health Scientist, North Little Rock HSR&D Center of Innovation, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.

This program has received outstanding ratings in the past, and most past participants have been successful in obtaining funding following participation in the GWS program. The workshop will either be held in-person in Little Rock or virtually by videoconference.

Apply for 2023-2024 Grant Writing Scholars Program

Applications for the 2023-2024 Grant Writing Scholars Program are now being accepted. Eligible applicants are SC MIRECC affiliates, postdoctoral fellows, and other investigators interested in becoming involved with the SC MIRECC. This program is appropriate for persons at postdoctoral, instructor, and assistant professor levels who are ready to write applications for national funding sources such as VA Merit Review and the National Institutes of Health. Download the application for details on the program, eligibility, and the application process.

Completed applications will be accepted at any time but due no later than October 13, 2023.


For more information about this program, contact the Director, Dr. Michael A. Cucciare, at


Last updated: April 30, 2024