A new program aims to help junior investigators prepare successful extramural career development award applications (NIH K series or equivalent).
Brought to you by Advance-CTR and the Brown University Division of Biology and Medicine, the Advance-K Scholar Career Development Program is now accepting applications from early-career investigators who would like to develop successful, independent research careers.
About the Program
Advance-K Scholars will follow a common curriculum of clinical and translational research competencies, grantsmanship, and professional development, along with a customized set of activities to meet individual learning goals. Advance-K Scholars will be expected to participate in 2-hour bi-weekly training sessions. Attendance at these sessions is mandatory for participation in the program. Each Scholar will enhance the skills specific to his/her research and career development through an individualized learning plan. The goal of the program is for scholars to submit an application for individual funding (K01, K08, K23, or CDAs from the VA or foundations) by the end of the 12-month program period.
Individualized training will be accomplished through various methods including:
- Development of a Mentorship Team.
- Meetings with a Project Development Team (consisting of local technical and scientific expertise) for each participant to assist with grant preparation and planning.
- Bi-weekly sessions focusing on individual research presentations, grant preparation, budget development, Responsible Conduct of Research, mentorship, and/or other professional development goals.
- Participation in appropriate Advance-CTR, university, and industry-sponsored workshops and courses.
- Consultation with Advance-CTR Biostatistics, Biomedical Informatics, and Clinical Research Cores for assistance, as appropriate.
- Opportunities for individualized course work (e.g., Certificates or Masters).
During the award period, Scholars are expected to pursue an individual extramural mentored career development award. An interim progress report, and final report, will be required of all Scholars. The Advance-K Scholar Career Development Program encourages applications with an emphasis on interdisciplinary team science.