Clinical and Translational Science Center

CTSC TL1 PRE AND POST-DOCTORAL TRAINING AWARD

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APPLICATIONS DUE BY 5PM ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015

Up to $27,676 per year, per award (Pre-docs)
Up to $64,122 per year, per award (Post-docs)*

*Depending on level of experience

Initial Funding Period: June 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016
Possible 2nd Year Renewal Period: June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017

The goal of the CTSC TL1 Training Award is to support career development among pre- and early post-doctoral trainees by providing advanced degree training and practical skills to conduct interdisciplinary Clinical & Translational (C/T) Investigation in a team research environment. Trainees, appointed up to two years, receive:

  • Stipend coverage at the NIH approved rate
  • Funding for supplies and research support including educational expenses
  • Funding for travel to present at national conferences and symposia
  • Access to resources for conducting C/T research, multi-level mentoring support, and career development

TL1 Trainees pursue research training on a full-time basis, defined by NIH as 40 hours per week (100% time and effort). Appointments are made for 12 months, and no less than 9 months and are renewable for a 2nd year.

INVESTIGATORS FROM ALL DISCIPLINES –BASIC, CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL—ARE WELCOME TO APPLY.
INDIVIDUALS FROM UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

CANDIDATES

Pre and Post-doctoral MDs Pre and Post-doctoral PhDs
TL1 awardees that currently hold a medical degree or are medical students -- Enroll in either the one-year Advanced Certificate or the two-year Master's in C/T Investigation program. TL1 awardees that are enrolled in or currently hold doctoral-level research degrees (PhD) -- Highly encouraged to enroll in the one-year Advanced Certificate or the two-year Master's Degree in C/T Investigation Program. All participants must successfully complete a minimum of 3 CTSC courses (selected from the Core or Elective curriculum).

REQUIREMENTS

  • TL1 Trainees participate in the Clinical & Translational Education Program (CTEP), and take the Tri-Institutional Responsible Conduct of Research course. Click to learn more about CTEP Core and Elective Curriculum.
  • A scientific article, with first authorship, submitted to a high-quality scientific journal OR if appropriate, a clinical & translational grant proposal submitted to a federal (i.e., K23, R21, R01, or other NIH funding mechanism) or other funding agency requiring peer-review with the trainee named as Principal Investigator.
  • A presentation of the mentored research project at a CTSC monthly seminar, annual research day symposium, grand rounds, or a national/international scientific conference.


ELIGIBILITY

All Candidates

  • Must be US Citizens, Non-Citizen Nationals, or Permanent Residents (proof of legal status required)
  • Must have the ability to devote full-time (100% effort) to the program
  • Must have primary appointment with a CTSC partner institution
  • No candidate may apply or hold concurrently a CTSC Seed Funding Award. If awarded, no other Federal funding support is allowed
  • No TL1 Trainee may be named as PI (or trainee) on more than one active CTSC application

Pre-doctoral Candidates
Must have received a baccalaureate degree by date of appointment and be one of the following:

  • Pre-doctoral medical (MD) student in 3rd or 4th year
  • Graduate student enrolled at a CTSC partner institution
  • Nurse candidate enrolled in a DSN or DNP program
  • Dental (DDS), pharmacy (PharmD), or veterinary (DVM) student

Individual trainee may receive no more than 5 years of aggregate NRSA support at the pre-doctoral level
Transitioning from pre-doc to post-doc during funding the period is not allowed by the NIH


Post-doctoral Candidates
Must be early post-docs (no more than 4 years removed from terminal doctoral degree) and have received a PhD, MD, DDS, DVM, DO, or comparable doctoral-level degree by date of appointment. May include:

  • Residents and fellows (e.g. Medical, Surgical) in a research pathway
  • Nurses with degrees in Doctor of Nursing Science, Research or Practice (DNSc, DNR, or DNP)

Individual trainee may receive no more than 3 years of aggregate NRSA support at the post-doctoral level


TO INITIATE YOUR APPLICATION CLICK HERE

This will register your intent to submit an application. After completing the Notification of Intent, the system will instruct you on next steps for logging in to our Web-based ePAR system to complete your application. In completing your application, please refer to the checklist below.


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS & CHECKLIST

APPLICATIONS MUST COMPLY WITH ELIGIBILITY AND SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS. MISSING DOCUMENTS AND/OR INFORMATION WILL DISQUALIFY YOUR APPLICATION FOR REVIEW.


A. Required Sections in ePAR Completed
1. Trainee Application Form - Click on your current legal status to proceed.

  1. Personal and demographic information: valid work email is required.
  2. Project Summary – Provide a brief description (250 words or less) of your research project written in language that is clear and straightforward.
  3. Multidisciplinary Integration - Provide a brief description (250 words or less) of the multidisciplinary integration for this proposal. A multidisciplinary approach is one that brings experts from traditionally separate disciplines to address collectively a common complex problem.
  4. Mentors - Click on [add] and fill in required information. All mentors must have active or recent peer-reviewed (federal or foundation) funding. Mentors cannot be listed on more than 2 active CTSC applications or current awards (including CTSC Seed Awards). Two mentors are required, but no more than 3 mentors can be named on an application. Primary Mentor must be designated as well as each mentor's role. Of the two proposed mentors:
    • One must be designated to serve as a Clinical Investigator mentor and one a Basic Science or Public Health mentor
    • At least 2 mentors, including the designated primary mentor, must be from different Weill Cornell CTSC partner institutions and from different disciplines. NIH definition of different disciplines has priority (areas outside biology, e.g., computer science, imaging, chemistry, mathematics, informatics, engineering, behavioral science, and health services/ outcome research)

2. Biosketches: Upload individual PDF files for the applicant and mentors; note the new NIH Biosketch format is required for all key personnel otherwise application is not eligible for review.





















B. Supporting Documents – Please Upload Attachments as individual PDF files.  
1. Research Proposal must include Team orientation; translational focus and near-term potential to translate into patient- oriented research, clinical trials (phase I & II), or community-oriented studies. Priority is given to studies involving drug discovery, targeted therapeutics, biomarker trials, or device development. Limited to 3 single-spaced pages (at least ½ inch margins, no smaller than 11pt Arial font) to include:

  • Hypothesis and specific aims
  • Scientific background for the study, citing appropriate references of work in the area by the investigator(s) and others
  • Significance of the research (relating specific aims to future studies to be generated) and importance of funding to feasibility of the project
  • Research Plan (research team to be involved, experimental design, methods, statistics, timeline, human subjects and animal issues if applicable)
  • References and supporting tables, figures, 2-3 additional pages

2. Career Statement (1 page or less) – Discuss your short and long-term goals and how this award would impact your career development.

3. Letter from the Department Chair/Division Chief: Submitted on departmental letterhead with department chair's/division chief's signature guaranteeing 100% protected time.

4. Mentors Letters: Required from all mentors, designated primary mentor must include a mentorship plan.

5. Proof of Legal Status: Submit verification of legal status (scanned copies acceptable):
  • US Citizen: U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, or Naturalization Certificate
  • Non-Citizen National: a notary's signed statement certifying that you have legal verification of such status
  • Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident: a notary's signed statement certifying that you have legal verification of such status and scanned copy of Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551)

6. Transcripts and Test Scores – Digital copies of test scores and transcripts must be uploaded at the time of application submission. Upon acceptance, official documents will be required in hardcopy. Test scores include: MCAT, GRE and TOEFL. Transcripts include those from graduate and/or medical school as well as undergraduate.

















REVIEW CRITERIA

Upon submission in ePAR, your application undergoes review based on several criteria


APPLICATION PROCESS & TIMELINE

Applications are due by 5pm on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Applicants will be notified of approval by April 2015. At that time, if accepted, the applicant must complete additional required regulatory and compliance documents within 30 days. Funding is contingent on submission of this information and failure to do so will result in disqualification. Upon submission of this additional information, the CTSC will prepare an award agreement. Once the award agreement is signed by the appropriate institutional business official(s), WCMC Office of Sponsored Administration will review and sign the agreement and notify the CTSC that funds can be released.


BUDGET NOTES

  • No other sources of stipend can support this proposal
  • Computer hardware (laptops, desktops, etc.) are not allowable budget items
  • Supplies: Only items of a consumable nature that are directly related to the project are allowed
  • Travel: Funding requests for travel must be directly related to the project and clearly outlined in the budget justification

For a fast start on spending your award funds:

No expenditures related to human subjects or animals will be permitted until the CTSC is provided with a copy of the official IRB/IACUC letter of approval. Investigators are strongly encouraged to submit IRB and/or IACUC protocols early in order to avoid significant delays in project initiation. Applicants must also be current on institutional compliance regulations.


QUESTIONS

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E-mail: CTSC_TL1@med.cornell.edu

For a printable PDF of the RFA Click here