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
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