ARI Application

Applicants should be prepared to be working on an R01 (or equivalent). Most successful applicants will have sufficient pilot data to support an R01 application. We always receive more applications than we can accept, so please be sure that your application (e.g., personal statement) documents your readiness for this program.

While ARI is a year-long program, a key component is the Spring Retreat. We have booked our reservation for the 2022 retreat at the Graylyn Conference Center. If we are unable to gather in person, we will hold the retreat virtually.  Although there is nothing like the in-person retreat, we held the 2020 and 2021 ARI Spring Retreats in April virtually and received excellent feedback:

  • I had a great experience at the retreat — it was an intense and really helpful couple of days.
  • Even though not in person I think the process really worked 
  • I thoroughly enjoyed ARI! I was so impressed with the group of scholars and I loved meeting the faculty.
  • It was a great experience and was instrumental in helping me hone my research directions. 

How to Apply

To apply, please upload the application materials listed below to our website in one bookmarked pdf file.  Applications for ARI 2022 are closed. 

When naming and saving your pdf file, please use your last name as the file name, e.g. Smith.pdf. In addition, please make sure your last name appears in the header on the upper right of each page of your application.

  • Cover page (including current address, phone number, email, current institution and position, one sentence on your area of research, and previous and current funding)
  • A 500-word description of your current program of research, mentoring and scientific advisory needs, and other gaps that could be addressed by participating in ARI
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • R01 (or equivalent) prospectus, draft R01 proposal, or previously submitted R01 (with summary “pink” review sheets if available)* 
  • Two letters of recommendation. If you are submitting your letters of recommendation separately, they should be emailed to Please contact us so we can expect your letters.

*The program was designed to accommodate Scholars in varying stages of research grant preparation. Candidates who have already submitted an NIH application or have a draft should send what they have prepared. Others who are earlier in the process should submit a prospectus, typically 2-3 pages, including a problem statement, aims, hypotheses, rationale and synopsis of the basic design and methodology.

ARI Spring Retreat 2022

Graylyn International Conference Center

Winston-Salem, NC

April 6-9, 2022

Applications for ARI 2022 are closed.

Applications for ARI 2022 are closed.