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(Each mentor's letter not to exceed 3 pages)

  1. Specific skills to be acquired and milestones reached during the training experience.
  2. Opportunities to interact with research team.
  3. Opportunities to develop independence and to acquire presentation and publication skills.
  4. Milestones that will be reached during the training experience (e.g., acquisition of preliminary data, new research skills, and presentation of research findings at local/national meetings).
  5. How this experience will help the candidate move toward achieving his/her stated career goals.
  6. Specifics on how the Candidate will be supported and guaranteed protected time, including how they will ensure that the project will be done in a timely manner.
Mentoring Plan
  1. Provide a detailed mentoring plan for the Candidate that describes the approaches to be used such as frequency of one-on-one and group meetings to discuss research progress with Candidate; to encourage oral scientific presentations; instructions on how to critically evaluate the literature and experimental design; training in scientific writing (e.g., grant proposal preparation, manuscripts, and abstracts); designing experiments, and instruction in the responsible conduct of research, etc.
  2. Mentors should develop in conjunction with the Candidate a projected time line delineating specific research milestones and other activities that will be made in an attempt to secure independent research funding (i.e., anticipated publications, timeframe for grant submissions and type of independent research support the candidate seeks).
  3. Mentors with prior mentoring experience should provide information about their mentoring including when relevant a list of past trainees and their current positions. If the mentor is an inexperienced mentor such as a very junior faculty member, it is recommended that you include an experienced co-mentor in the development plan to serve as the Primary Mentor.
  4. In addition, if the mentor has previously been awarded prior mentored NIH F, K or T award(s) s/he must describe: a) the outcome of the previous awardee(s) including the current career status of the candidate(s) (i.e., title of current position and name of institution); b) the outcomes of the prior development/mentorship plan; c) any unexpected positive or negative occurrences that affected specific aspects of the development/mentorship plan or success of the candidate(s), and d) how these prior experiences influenced the development/mentorship plan proposed for the current candidate(s).

Reference NHLBI mentoring guidelines


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