The Mentored Research Awards aim to recruit and train an outstanding group of health scientists, diverse in discipline and background, who are at an early career stage. Through this award, highly qualified junior researchers will receive 75% protected time to conduct clinical and translational research projects within a structured career-development program. 

The Awards Program Covers:

  • 75% protected time up to $90,000 to conduct a clinical or translational research project for up to two years;
  • An additional $25,000 for education or research supplies: a Certificate or Master’s degree in Clinical and Translational Research at the Brown University School of Public Health is encouraged; and 
  • Mentoring and specialized training that will prepare scholars to make significant advances in interdisciplinary strategies devoted to clinical and translational research.

The awards provide 75% salary up to $90,000, and any gaps in salary are expected to be covered by the investigator's department. The second year of funding is contingent upon acceptable progress during the first year. 


To be eligible for a Mentored Research Award, applicants must:

  1. Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  2. Possess a health-professional or research doctoral degree.
  3. Hold an Instructor, Investigator, or Assistant Professor faculty appointment or equivalent with Brown University or the University of Rhode Island at the time the Mentored Research Award commences. Preliminary Applications from post-doctoral fellows or resident physicians must be accompanied by a letter from the Department Chair stating that the applicant will have a faculty appointment by July 1, 2018.
  4. Have academic research experience.
  5. Commit at least 75% of full-time professional effort to research activities associated with the Mentored Research Award.
  6. Have a letter of support from their Department Chair stating approval of protected research time and, if applicable, offering other material support.
  7. Have a letter of support accompanied by a mentorship plan from a primary research mentor.
  8. Not be a prior recipient of a K-award or R01-award as a Principal Investigator.
  9. Not have held a Project Leader position on a COBRE project or other IDeA mechanism of support.
  10. Not have funding from a COBRE project or another IDeA mechanism of support that would overlap temporally with Mentored Research Award funding.

Special consideration, in no particular order, will be given to investigators who: 

  1. Pursue research that addresses health problems prioritized by the Rhode Island Department of Health;
  2. Employ robust use of Advance-CTR Service Cores;
  3. Are from departments or disciplines that have been traditionally underrepresented in clinical and translational research;
  4. Are underrepresented minorities; and 
  5. Are physician scientists.

Criteria for Selection:

Primary selection criteria include:

  • Strength of the potential scholar 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 Rhode Island 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, neuroscience related to mental disorders, and pediatric as well as perinatal care.
  • Distribution of scholars’ areas of interest along the translational spectrum from T1 to T4.
  • Racial, ethnic, and gender diversity.

Scholar Requirements:

Awarded scholars and Principal Mentors will be required to submit quarterly progress reports, which will be short, structured reports that detail educational progress, research progress, and the quality of mentor-mentee interactions.

Mentors and scholars will be expected to meet on a set basis to review progress. A mentorship plan must be established and submitted within the mentor(s)’ letter of support at the time of full application. The entire Mentoring Team is required to have a face-to-face meeting within the first two months of the award, and again at the six-month and twelve-month time points, if not more frequently.

  1. Obtain IRB and IACUC approval before funding can be awarded, no later than June 1, 2018.
  2. Complete a course on the responsible conduct of research.
  3. Complete FCOI assurance and training as detailed under your respective organization’s policy.
  4. Acquire an ORCID.
  5. Maintain an updated VIVO profile if Brown University-affiliated.
  6. 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.
  7. Complete the elected academic program, as indicated in the application.
  8. Attend all required program-related seminars and conferences (to be specified).
  9. Present at a research-in-progress seminar once per year at a minimum as well as, if invited, at the Advance-CTR Annual Meeting.
  10. Present a poster or talk at the RI NIH IDeA Symposium, if invited.
  11. Complete quarterly progress reports.
  12. Complete an annual report and present it to the Professional Development Steering Committee.
  13. Acknowledge sponsorship from Advance-CTR supported by the IDeA-CTR grant (U54GM115677) in all research publications during the performance period. Future publications related to the research must also acknowledge Advance-CTR sponsorship.
  14. Report all presentations, publications, and extramural funding that arise from this award to Advance-CTR.
  15. Submit for extramural research funding for additional career development or independent research grants.
  16. Respond to Advance-CTR queries for information after the grant ends.