Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR)

Application Opens: July 1 - August 14, 2024

Workshop Dates: January 6 - 10, 2025

About the Workshop

The TIGRR program has resulted in many junior investigators receiving NIH and other NIH-level research funding.

The centerpiece of the TIGRR Program is the one-on-one mentorship that maximizes the chance of success. TIGRR participants are not “attendees" that pay a fee and show up. They are mentees selected by our review committee from the many applications we receive each year, which makes TIGRR so distinctive. The selected mentees will come prepared to work on a grant proposal for submission to the NIH, VA, NIDILRR, and other agencies funding rehabilitation research.

This 4-day workshop provides the expertise and support to be successful at the national level in obtaining research grant support. The target audience for this workshop includes junior and mid-level faculty in all rehabilitation research disciplines, many of whom are on the cusp of success in NIH-funded or similar research but could benefit from expert mentorship in grant development, including choosing the best funding source and type of grant from that source. Post-doctoral fellows transitioning to a faculty position and mid-level faculty making a change in research focus are also encouraged to apply.

We bring together a nationally recognized group of mentors and consultants as faculty, including representatives of federal funding agencies. The workshop provides guidance in grant writing, clinical trial design, biostatistics, collaboration, grantsmanship, budgeting, and career development through lectures and individual consultation. Following the annual workshop, mentees can participate in post-workshop peer review panels offered in March, May, and July. Learn more about the peer review panels here.

TIGRR mentors pay particular attention to preparing mentees for the workshop and following up with mentees and their home institution mentorship team after the workshop to maximize the chance of success and develop a cadre of well-trained rehabilitation researchers whose expertise will foster better rehabilitation research design.


Edelle (Edee) Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA (Co-Principal Investigator)

Dr. Field-Fote has 20+ years of funded research spanning the breadth of basic science and clinical rehabilitation studies. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1997, and other current studies in her lab are funded by the Department of Defense (DoD), and the National Institute on Independent Living, Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Dr. Field-Fote is a member of the NIH National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research and is a past chair of the NIH Musculoskeletal and Rehabilitation Research Study Section. She directs the Spinal Cord Injury Research Laboratory at Shepherd Center and has academic appointments at Emory and Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Field-Fote has served as a mentor to junior faculty, post-doctoral trainees, and PhD students for over 2 decades, and has been a mentor in the intensive grant writing workshop (TIGRR, ERRIS) since 2008.

Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD, FAPTA (Co-Principal Investigator)

Dr. Stevens-Lapsley has over 20 years of rehabilitation research experience, from exploring gene therapies in rodent models to implementing pragmatic clinical trials. Her research has been continuously funded since 2008 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Veterans Administration (VA) totaling ~$20 million dollars. She is focused on identifying, integrating, and advancing innovative evidence-based medicine solutions for older adult rehabilitation through highly effective research methods and partnerships. She is a Professor and Director of the Rehabilitation Science PhD Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, and she is also the Associate Director for Research for the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center within the Eastern Colorado VA Healthcare System.

Accommodations for 2025: The Wild Dunes Resort

Charleston (Isle of Palms), South Carolina

The resort, situated on a picturesque island setting, is flanked by the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, filled with award-winning amenities, including 36 holes of Fazio golf, a top-ranked tennis facility, and recreation, wellness, and spa services. Tucked into the heart of Wild Dunes Resort and just 150 yards from the beach is The Boardwalk Inn, offering a relaxed, private feel. The Boardwalk Inn is just steps away from the resort’s recreation centers and the 16,000 square feet of exceptional conference space. Also near the conference facilities is the Village at Wild Dunes, which has dining and accommodations.


The TIGRR Workshop is funded by NIH/NICHD grant number R25HD074546.

We thank the following agencies for their continued support of the TIGRR Workshop.