I had previously written about grant writing (here and here) in some depth and mused on it several times as well. This past summer, HRSA put out an RFP (request for proposals) for their training grants. These are difficult grants to write, requiring a lot of data and imagination. The success rate is typically about 50% and usually you have a matter of months to prepare them. We were given 3 weeks and identified three areas of need we felt we should apply for. So far, we have heard that we got two funded and are awaiting word on the third. The good news is that we will be given resources to completely transform the residency training program and the student program into programs that train physicians for the 21st century (only 10 years late). The bad news is that we have to now do the work. Wish me luck!