Mock Study Sections

The Translational Research Institute (TRI) offers a Mock Study Section Grant Review for new investigators seeking review of grant application proposals and an insight into the study section review process. For more senior investigators the TRI offers a Grant Review and face-to-face discussion with reviewers. Tailored multidisciplinary feedback is provided at specific points in the development of a funding application. Reviewers from experienced faculty are available for laboratory, animal, and human subjects projects and may be requested for any external grant application (e.g., NIH, CDC, USDA, etc) Both new applications and resubmissions will be considered.

Investigators requesting a Mock Study Section or Grant Review only should submit a request through the TRI portal. All materials must be received by TRI at least 4 weeks prior to the final submission deadline into TRACKS ( and include the following:

  • Near draft proposal
  • Draft budget
  • Biosketch of primary investigator (Biosketches for collaborators should be included if available)
  • If requesting review of a resubmission, a summary statement from previous reviews must be included along with a draft Introduction page.

Mock Study Sections are intended to be learning experiences. Investigators should plan to be present for either type of review requested and collaborators are also encouraged to attend. Participating investigators will be expected to provide TRI with follow-up information on grant submission outcomes, scores, and finding awards.

Expectations for Participants

  • Submit a TRI Portal request distinguishing which type of review best fits your need, a Mock Study Section with a Grant Review or Grant Review only.
  • Provide the summary statement if the grant has previously been submitted and reviewed.
  • Indicate the type of application (e.g., R01, R21, Grant-In-Aid, etc) and if the application is in response to a specific program (i.e., Program Announcement (PA) or Request for Application (RFA).
  • Submit all required paperwork.
    1. Complete NIH biosketch of the applicant and, if possible, all Key Personnel listed on the grant.
    2. Link to the RFA or PA targeted by this application if other than Investigator Initiated R01.
    3. Budget justification including the roles of the Key Personnel.
    4. Near-final draft proposal.
  • Provide your primary mentor’s name, if applicable.
  • Provide your department chairperson’s name.
  • Understand that reviewers need at least a two-week time period to review your grant proposal.
  • Expect to attend the session in person. A meeting invitation with the date, time, and location will be forwarded to you. You are welcome to invite members of your team and/or mentor.
Expectations of ParticipantsExpectations of Reviewers


TRI Mock Study Section

TRI Mock Study Section

Program Leadership

Dr Mock
Donald Mock, M.D., Ph.D.
Mock Study Sections, Pilot Awards Program
Dr Moyeux
Philip Mayeux, Ph. D.
Sandra Hatley
Sandra Hatley
Mock Study Sections
Program Manager