Network members are invited to participate in the NLCHDD annual proposal mentoring activities. The objective of the proposal mentoring is to provide support and feedback on aims and grant text as well as decisions related to submissions. Proposal mentoring was very helpful according to feedback from participants in the 2020 activities.  Previous Network members have successfully obtained significant funding after participating in our mentored activities.

If you’d like to apply for proposal mentoring, please send the following to  by June 21st for the August 2022 session. Once we know that you are interested and eligible to participate, we’ll be in touch to schedule for August.
  • Project title
  • Target submission date
  • NIH institute to which you will be applying
  • NIH proposal mechanism (e.g., R01, K99, etc.)
If you wish to participate, we will need the fully drafted specific aims page (and any other materials already drafted) no later than July 13th. If this is a revision, we ask that you include any review materials that you are willing to share.
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Network member (if you received this email directly from us, that’s you!)
  • Fully drafted specific aims page by July 13th; more sections welcomed if available
  • NIH proposals, preferably NIA-friendly – we particularly welcome proposals focused on life course and/or geographic inequalities in health
  • Format of feedback meetings in August – via Zoom
  • First, you present one slide on proposal
  • Then, you receive feedback from Network PIs, Co-Is, Advisory Board members – who will have access to your submitted materials to provide feedback

NLCHDD Proposal Mentoring Program Feedback

“I like the virtual meeting and holding it twice a year. I know we all miss seeing people in-person, but I participated in the program twice - one in person and one virtually - and I found the virtual one just as valuable (if not more) because more people could participate and didn't have to travel to do so. I think this is one of the positive things that may have come out of 2020”

Katrina WalsemannUniversity of South Carolina

“I really appreciated having access to a wider network than I otherwise have on my own. The mentoring program gave me access to a large number of scholars who I feel like I can now reach out to with questions and support.”

Carmen GutierrezUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Past Participants

Ryon Cobb
University of Texas at Arlington 
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Social Work

Lauren Brown 
University of Michigan 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Population Studies Center

Viji Kannan
University of Rochester Medical Center
Post Doctoral Research Associate

Connor Sheehan
Arizona State University
Assistant Professor School of Social and Family Dynamics

Evelyn Patterson
Vanderbilt Law School
Associate Professor of Sociology
Associate Professor of Law
Affiliated Faculty with Centers of Medicine, Health and Society
Society for the Study of Democratic Institutions
Health Policy Associate with Center for Health Policy and Meharry Medical College

Andrew Stokes
Boston University
Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health

Katrina Walsemann
University of South Carolina
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director and Director of the Carolina Consortium on Health, Inequalities, and Populations (CHIP)

Fernando Riosmena
University of Colorado Boulder
Associate Professor of Geography & International Migration, Population Geography, Social Demography, Latin America

Melissa Martinson
University of Washington
Associate Professor for School of Social Work

Carmen Gutierrez
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Assistant Professor Department of Public Health

Megan Reynolds
University of Utah
Assistant Professor Sociology

Highlighted Mentee

Katrina Walsemann
University of South Carolina
2019 & 2020 NLCHDD Grant Writing Participant

Title: State and Local Educational Contexts of Older U.S. Adults and Their Association with Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

Grant details – Agency: NIH, Institute: NIA, Type: RO1

View the full abstract HERE

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Network Member

  • Needs at least a fully drafted specific aims page

  • NIH format, NIA-friendly preferred

Format Review:

  • Mentors provide review prior to the session

  • PI presents one slide

  • Feedback from Network PIs, Co-Is, and Mentors

Career Awards Include:

K01, K99/R00 & K02


Research Grants Include: 

R01, R03 & R21

Interested in applying?

To apply for mentoring send a fully drafted specific aims page (and any other materials already drafted) to The next session dates will be announced soon but if interested in participating please email at any time as we may add additional sessions based on interest. Please also include:

  • Tentative title for this proposal
  • Your target submission date
  • What is the NIH Institute to which you will be applying
  • Is this a revision? If so, do you have any reviews that you are willing to share?

University/Professional Mentors

Mentors are selected for their expertise related to a given proposal as well as their prior experience as reviewers of proposals.

Jason Boardman
University of Colorado in Boulder
Professor Department of Sociology
Director of the Health & Society Program, Institute of Behavioral Science

Kate Cagney
University of Chicago

Professor Department of Sociology
Director of NORC’s Population Research Center

Eileen Crimmins
University of Southern California
AARP Professor of Gerontology
Director of Multidisciplinary Research Training in Gerontology PhD Program

Kyle Crowder
University of Washington
Blumstein-Jordon Professor of Sociology

Jennifer Dowd
University of Oxford
Associate Professor of Demography and Population Health
Deputy Director of Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science

Barbara Entwisle
University of North Carolina at Capital Hill
Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology

Mark Hayward
University of Texas at Austin
Professor of Sociology
Centennial Commission Professor in the Liberal Arts
Director of the Population Health Initiative

James House
University of Michigan
Angus Campbell Distinguished Professor of Survey Research, Public Policy & Sociology
Professor of Sociology
Professor of Public Policy
Research Professor, Survey Research Center

Bob Hummer
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Howard W. Odum Distinguished Professor Sociology

Jennifer Karas Montez
Syracuse University
Professor of Sociology
Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar in Aging Studies
Co-Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab

Kathie Mullan Harris
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
James Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology
Adjunct Professor of Public Policy

Lauren Nicholas
Johns Hopkins University
Assistant Professor Public Health

Miles Taylor 
Florida State University

Professor of Sociology
Faculty Associate at the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy

Rob Warren
University of Minnesota
Professor of Sociology

Julie Zissimopoulos
University of Southern California
Associate Professor
Director of Research Training, USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics