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Notice of Intent to Publish: Stimulating Access to Research in Residency Transition Scholar (StARRTS) (K38)
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Aug 23 2017
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Notice Intent Publish: Stimulating Access Research Residency Transition Scholar StARRTS) K38) Notice Number: NOT-HL-17-533 Key Dates Release Date:   August 23, 2017 Estimated Publication Date Announcement: June 2019  First Estimated Application Due Date: October 2019   Earliest Estimated Award Date: 2020  Earliest Estimated Start Date: July 2020  Related Announcements RFA-HL-18-023 Issued National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute NHLBI) National Cancer Institute NCI) National Institute Allergy Infectious Diseases NIAID) Purpose National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute NHLBI), National Cancer Institute NCI), National Institute Allergy Infectious Diseases NIAID), intend promote new initiative publishing Funding Opportunity Announcement FOA) solicit applications research career development awards: Stimulating Access Research Residency Transition Scholar StARRTS) K38) residents have participated a new NIH Institutional Research Residency program R38) described RFA-HL-18-023 ). Notice being provided conjunction the FOA the Research Residency program: Stimulating Access Research Residency StARR) R38) RFA-HL-18-023). Notice provides potential applicants the R38 program information the K38 award is intended provide support continued research career development residents meet milestones within R38 program. NOITP allows potential applicants sufficient time develop competitive responsive projects. limited competition FOA expected be published June 14, 2019 an anticipated yearly application due date beginning October 14, 2019. FOA utilize K38 activity code. Details the planned FOA provided below. Research Initiative Details Stimulating Access Research Residency StARR) R38)" RFA-HL-18-023): purpose this institutional program to recruit retain outstanding, postdoctoral-level health professionals have demonstrated potential interest pursuing careers clinician-investigators. program provide mentored research opportunities Resident-Investigators preparation transition individual research career development support. program provide support up 2 years research Resident-Investigators structured programs clinician investigators defined program milestones. Stimulating Access Research Residency Transition Scholar StARRTS) K38) FOA result this NOITP): purpose this limited competition K38 program to support individual Transition Scholars have matriculated through R38 StARR) program mentored research opportunities experienced investigators at least one, up two years, during subspecialty clinical training period typically referred as quot;fellowship"). Transition Scholars health professionals medical, dental veterinary doctoral degrees i.e., MD, DVM, DDS, DO, MBBS equivalent) or without additional PhD degrees, promise interest careers clinician-investigators. conjunction the NIH-sponsored StARR R38) program, StARRTS K38) program designed provide foundation Transition Scholars strong interest promise towards careers clinician-investigators. Transition Scholar propose his her research performed the same, different department/institutions, the preceding institutional research residency program R38). Investigators this career stage the unique responsibility complete both clinical duties research activities; this reason, proposed research activities must fall within overall program consistent medical board, dental veterinary specialty eligibility. research projects limited those fall within participating NIH Institute/Center mission. NIH encourages institutions recruit retain individuals groups currently underrepresented the biomedical sciences, to enhance diversity the clinician-investigator workforce NOT-OD-15-053). Background is critical workforce need physician scientists/clinician-investigators, i.e. those clinical experience conduct research offer skills perspectives directly related human health, disease conditions, clinical decision-making, diagnoses, prevention, improving health outcomes.  Despite outstanding existing opportunities, relatively few physicians other health professionals pursuing research careers, current opportunities not maintain adequate numbers diversity physician scientists ACD Physician Scientist Workforce Report, 2014). overall size the current clinician-investigator workforce constitutes only small proportion all NIH-funded research investigators, this particularly true early-stage clinician investigators. New approaches needed recruit, prepare retain clinician-investigators the large pool potential researchers health professional doctorates.  Among today’s NIH-funded clinician-investigators, 60% hold single health professional degree 40% hold both health professional research doctorate degrees.  Women individuals underrepresented racial ethnic groups represent particularly low proportion this workforce. year the United States, 18,000 individuals earn MD, while 600 individuals earn MD/PhDs; data suggest recruitment even slightly greater proportion MDs, retention more MDs MD/PhDs research careers significantly enhance clinician investigator workforce. New approaches also needed enhance research opportunities during advanced clinical training periods; example, typical graduate medical education (“residency”) period offers limited opportunities acquire research skills experience needed a career a clinician-investigator. enhance research experience, several medical board-approved graduate medical residency programs developed are variously described lsquo;fast track,’ lsquo;short track,’ lsquo;accelerated,’ lsquo;research pathway’ approaches their specialties. programs balance protected time research clinical requirements, medical boards approve either institutional programs individual plans board eligibility. Available outcomes indicate the clinical competency pathway graduates comparable those participating standard residency programs. research pathway graduates subsequently hold positions academic medicine, report research activity, contribute substantial professional effort research clinician-investigators. health professionals recognize critical need develop new understanding therapeutic modalities diseases, research residency provide valuable experience an early ldquo;on-ramp” a research career. is also recognized many MDs/health professionals well MD/PhDs had previous research experience, research during residency training provides opportunity build upon prior research experiences. Additional research career development during subspecialty clinical training typically called quot;fellowship") offers Transition Scholars essential experience experimental approaches additional research experience needed enhance retention research competitiveness subsequent individual research career development awards research project grants. award designed enhance research career pathway previous participants institutional research residency programs individual research career support. Health professionals successfully completed quot;Stimulating Access Research Residency StARR) Program RFA-HL-18-023) encouraged apply. NIH expects Transition Scholars subsequently continue research activity, may supported Institutional Individual Mentored Career Development Awards eg K12, KL2 K08, K23,) research project grant awards, depending research background experience. Program Components Transition Scholar awards further research career development: to years mentored research career development support the same new research preceptor, department institution that the research residency program. additional career sponsor can advance Scholar’s access resources career advancement through professional societies. is intended broaden Scholar's professional networks. Career development plan the goal preparing K38 awardee submit application subsequent research career development support and/or independent research award the end Transition Scholar participation period. Support present research findings attend scientific conferences an NIH-sponsored workshop. Awards include supplementary research funds cover cost research supplies professional development activities will contribute the successful completion research: Registration fees short duration courses workshops provide research skills data science, implementation science clinical trials, appropriate the project Funds technical support, including biostatistics consultation and/or research technicians' time complete research. Fees workshops oral written communication research grant writing related the research project. Funds develop skills needed effective research supervision mentoring clinician-investigators; mentoring skills should include topics such aligning goals expectations, effective communication, time management, mentoring a diverse inclusive workforce, understanding research funds flow an academic health center, building successful research team, job negotiation, identifying grant opportunities, navigating IRB and/or animal protocol, appropriate the research project.  Transition Scholar Compensation: total salary requested must based a full-time appointment, be consistent the postgraduate year PGY) salary structure the institution. During research year, Transition Scholars be paid 80% their base PGY salary level set the institution. Transition Scholar salary be calculated the months full-time research engagement over year. Transition Scholar Supplementary Research Funds: to 20,000 per research year, per Transition Scholar, be requested research supplies must justified consistent the stage development the participant the proportion time be spent research and/or career development activities. Research supplies be used defray costs registration short-term courses workshops obtain research skills, support research-related supervisory mentor skill development clinician-investigators, where well-justified, technical support contribute the scholar’s research continuity. Funds NOT used tuition courses leading a degree, materials leading clinical qualifications, equipment. Transition Scholar Travel. to 2,000 year be requested each Transition Scholar attend present research findings domestic scientific conferences to provide opportunities identify meet a national sponsor. Requests travel scientific meetings workshops must carefully justified, specificity. additional 1,000 per year should requested each Transition Scholar support attendance the NIH annual workshop Expenses foreign travel must exceptionally well justified. Salary mentors, secretarial administrative assistants, etc. not allowed. Eligible Individuals Program Director/Principal Investigator) Transition Scholar Program Director/Principal Investigator PD/PI). Health professionals successfully completed quot;Stimulating Access Research Residency StARR) Program RFA-HL-18-023) encouraged apply. PD/PI invited work his/her mentor organization develop application support. Individuals underrepresented racial ethnic groups well individuals disabilities always encouraged apply NIH support. Multiple PDs/PIs not allowed. Transition Scholar award occur same a new institution that the research residency. Transition Scholar institution must submit materials behalf the candidate. Candidates the Transition Scholar award must a clinical doctoral degree, or without additional research doctorate. Such degrees include, are limited to, MD, DO, MBBS, DDS, DMD, OD, ND, DVM. the time award, individual must a citizen a non-citizen national the United States have lawfully admitted permanent residence i.e., possess currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551, other legal verification such status). Level Effort While structure clinical fellowship training vary among subspecialties, most begin a year clinical duties followed one two years research activity, this award designed support research career development during research phase the fellowship. During research year, transition scholars expected commit least 80% professional effort e.g. 9.6 person-months per year) their research career development. Transition Scholar awardees engage other duties research, training, clinical teaching activities) part the remaining effort covered the award, long such duties not interfere or detract the proposed research career development activities. Candidates have VA appointments not consider part the VA effort toward satisfying full-time requirement the applicant institution. Candidates VA appointments should contact staff person the relevant Institute prior preparing application discuss eligibility. Under certain circumstances, awardee submit written request the awarding component requesting reduction minimum required percent effort, will considered a case-by-case basis. Details this policy provided NOT-OD-09-036. Program Director Nomination director the R38 program the primary mentor resident must submit letter nomination confirm the Transition Scholar fulfilled requirements a Resident-Investigator the R38 StARR) program. Mentor, Co-Mentor, Career Sponsor Before submitting application, candidate must identify mentor will supervise proposed career development research experience. Mentor(s) should both research expertise a successful track record mentoring clinician-investigators. Where possible, varied clinician-investigator role models different professional research degree backgrounds, well those backgrounds underrepresented biomedical science should opportunities serve mentors and/or meet both mentors scholars discuss effective research career strategies. mentor should an active investigator the area the proposed research be committed both the career development the candidate to direct supervision the candidate’s research. mentor must document availability sufficient research support facilities high-quality research. Candidates encouraged identify than mentor, i.e., mentoring team advisory committee), this deemed advantageous providing expert advice all aspects the academic research career development program. such cases, individual must identified the primary mentor will coordinate candidate’s research. candidate must work the mentor(s) preparing application. mentor, a member the mentoring team, should a successful track record mentoring individuals the candidate’s career stage. addition, applicants must identify career sponsor will help broaden candidate's professional networks providing career guidance, advising research directions potential funding research opportunities, promoting applicant national presentations, provide clinician investigator career role model.  career sponsor be affiliated the fellowship institution another institution is expected be involved one more professional societies important the Transition Scholar's career a clinician investigator e.g. Society Black Surgeons, American Hematological Society, Association Women Radiologists, American Society Clinical Investigation). Institutional Environment applicant institution must a strong, well-established record research career development activities faculty qualified serve mentors clinician investigators. APPLICATIONS NOT BEING SOLICITED THIS TIME. Inquiries Please direct inquiries to: Neil Raj Aggarwal, MD National Heart Lung Blood Institute NHLBI) Telephone: 301-827-7820 Email: Mark Damico, Ph.D. National Cancer Institute NCI) Telephone: 240-276-5630 Email: Shawn Gaillard, Ph.D. National Institute Allergy Infectious Diseases NIAID) Telephone: 240-627-3857 Email:
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