Professorial Advancement - NRMN - CAN


The NIH-funded National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) – Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Network initiative addresses the need for greater diversity in the biomedical academic research workforce across the country. This initiative is designed to support the academic career path of biomedical researchers, with emphasis on those from underrepresented backgrounds.

One of the goals of the NRMN-CAN program is to prepare postdoctoral researchers and junior faculty for the submission of strong research and research career development proposals for funding. It is recognized that research proposals are a genre of writing whose mastery is essential for the success of independent researchers. Further, though these skills can be consciously taught and mastered, a brief exposure is insufficient for developing the skills needed. To meet these needs, we are recruiting experienced faculty investigators to become NRMN-CAN Grantmanship Coaches.

The inaugural NRMN-CAN event will be a Professional Development Conference at the Big Ten Conference Center in Rosemont, IL, November 1-3, 2015. At this conference postdoctoral researchers and junior faculty will learn how to excel in an academic research career and write successful NIH grant applications. In parallel, experienced faculty will receive training to become NRMN-CAN Grantsmanship Coaches and begin coaching trainees. Following the conference, trainees will have the opportunity to continue grantsmanship training at their home campus with the coach they have met at the conference. Please view the conference agenda for session details.


Aloft Chicago O'Hare 9700 Balmoral Avenue Rosemont, IL 60018Phone: 847-671-4444

Parking: Self-parking $13
Internet access: Free internet is available throughout the hotel, including guestrooms
Fitness activities: Guests will have free access to the 24-hour fitness center
Shuttle service: Complimentary airport shuttle is provided between the hotel and Chicago O'Hare International airport. The shuttle runs every 30 minutes between 5:00am - Midnight; please call hotel directly at (847) 671-4444 to arrange pickup between Midnight - 5:00am.

All hotel reservations and changes will be made by NRMN-CAN Coordinator at the University of Chicago, Laurie Risner; please do not contact the hotel directly unless you are extending your stay before or after the Conference.


Big Ten Center
5400 Park Place
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 696-1010

For directions to the Big Ten Center, please visit the Big Ten Academic Alliance website.

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Students and researchers in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences:

Access FREE virtual mentorship, grantwriting coaching groups, mentorship training and more professional development programs and resources through the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), funded by the NIH. Visit NRMNet today to begin. 

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