The 2017 Mentored Research Awards program has closed. The call for letters of intent for the 2018 program will be announced in the fall. 

About The Mentored Research Awards

The Mentored Research Awards program aims to recruit and train health scientists, diverse in discipline and background, who are at an early career stage.

Through this award, highly-qualified junior researchers will have 75% protected time to conduct a defined translationally oriented research project. This is intended to be a two-year award, but the second year of funding is contingent on adequate progress during the first year.

The awards program covers:

  • Three scholars at 75% salary up to $90,000 for two years
  • An additional $25,000 for supplemental tuition or research supplies (a Master's degree in Clinical Translational Research from the Brown University School of Public Health is encouraged) 
  • Mentoring and training in clinical and translational research

View the RFP



Junior faculty holding titles of assistant professor, investigator or instructor (or equivalent) at Brown University and the University of Rhode Island are eligible to apply.
In addition, applicants must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Possess a health-professional or research doctoral degree
  • Have academic research experience
  • Commit at least 75% of full-time professional effort to research activities associated with the Mentored Research Award
  • Have a letter of support from his/her Department Chair stating approval of protected research time and offering other material support
  • Have a letter of support from a primary research mentor
  • Not be a prior recipient of a K-award or R-award as a Principal Investigator

Criteria for selection:

Investigators are encouraged to pursue research that addresses the health problems prioritized by the Rhode Island Department of Health. Reviews of LOIs will be conducted by the Advisory Committee of the Professional Development Core. Reviews of full applications will be done using the NIH review group format, and the same criteria that NIH study selections use to evaluate Career Development awards.
Primary selection criteria include:
  • Strength of the potential candidate to become a leading clinical translational researcher, judged by scholarly record, research plan, training plan, resources, letters of support, and career potential
  • Overall strength and feasibility of the research proposal, and the probability that the proposal will lead to NIH or other funding
Secondary selection criteria include:
  • Degree to which the project is interdisciplinary
  • Whether the project addresses health problems that have been prioritized by the RI Department of Health, including sudden cardiac death, tobacco use and smoking cessation, obesity prevention, substance abuse and addiction, the elimination of new HIV infections, reproductive health, prisoner health, and neuroscience related to mental disorders
  • Distribution of scholars’ areas of interest along the translational spectrum from T1 to T4
  • Racial, ethnic, and gender diversity

Scholar Requirements:

Scholars of the 2017 Mentored Research Awards are expected to adhere to the following requirements:
1. Complete a course on the responsible conduct of research.
2. Complete FCOI assurance and training as detailed under your respective organization’s policy.
3. Acquire an ORCID identifier.
4. Maintain an updated Researchers@Brown profile (VIVO) if affiliated with Brown University.
5. Take PHP 2090 (Research Grant Writing for Public Health) or an equivalent course, and participate in PHP 2470 (Topics in Clinical, Translational and Health Services Research) at the Brown University School of Public Health.
6. Complete the elected academic program, as indicated in the scholar’s application.
7. Attend all required program-related seminars and conferences (to be specified).
8. Present at a research-in-progress seminar once per year at a minimum as well as, if invited, at the Advance-CTR Annual Meeting.
9. Present a poster or talk at the RI NIH IDeA Symposium, if invited.
10. Complete quarterly progress reports.
11. Complete an annual report and present it to the Professional Development Steering Committee.
12. Acknowledge sponsorship from Advance-CTR supported by the IDeA-CTR grant (U54GM115677) in all publications stemming from this research.
13. Report all presentations, publications, and extramural funding that arise from this award to Advance-CTR.
14. Submit for extramural research funding for additional career development or independent research grants.
15. Respond to Advance-CTR queries for information after the grant ends.