New Investigator Pre-K Career Development Program

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The New Investigator Pre-K Career Development Program is available to Assistant Professors (in rank ≤ 4 years) conducting clinical or translational research. It provides $50,000 in research funds, and $2,000 in travel funds over two years.

The program is not currently accepting applications. 

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Program overview
    • $50,000 research funds and $2,000 travel funds to be expended over 2 years
    • Assistant Professor (in rank ≤ 4 years), primary mentor, and biostatistician
    • Weekly (Wednesdays, 2pm) K Scholar Multidisciplinary Seminar Series with BIRCWH (Women’s Health K12), CHRCDA (Child Health K12) programs, CTSI Pre-K Scholars, and Individual K awardees
    • Individualized educational and training plan
    • Award start date of September 1, 2014
Application details

This program is not currently accepting applications. View the RFA (previous cycle)

Nature and purpose

The New Investigator Pre-K Career Development Program is designed to provide mentorship, oversight, and pilot funds. In addition, it is an opportunity to take courses relevant to an individual’s career development needs. For those without the relevant formal coursework, the newly created Certificate in Clinical Research equivalent or coursework in the MS in Clinical Research will be required. Funds for these courses will be provided by CTSI-Ed in addition to the $52,000 award.

This two-year program aims to place junior investigators on the path to be competitive for NIH K awards. This RFA will be issued every year. Success of this program will be judged by the number of scholars who go on to secure NIH K awards (including the intramural KL2) grants in the short term, and subsequently, NIH R01, and R01 equivalent funding in the long term in clinical and translational research. Applications from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged.

Current Pre-K Scholars

Naomi Duke, MD, MPH
Primary mentor: Michael Resnick / Iris Borowsky
Project title: Identifying Mechanisms for Health Disparities: Exploring the Impact of Youth Survival Expectations on Future Health

Guatam Jha, MBBS, MS
Primary mentor: Jeffrey Miller, MD
Project title: Potentiation of Cetuximab by Tregs Depletion With Metronomic Cyclophosphamide in Metastatic Squamous Cell Cancers of Head and Neck

Stephanie Misono, MD, MPH
Primary mentor: Patricia Frazier
Project title: Development of Online Intervention for Distressed Voice-Disordered Patients

Erica Schorr, PhD, BSBA, RN
Primary mentor: Ruth Lindquist, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
Project title: Utilizing Wearable Technology to Monitor Physical Activity and Sleep After Coronary Revascularization

Lucie Turcotte, MD
Primary mentor: Mike Verneris
Project title: The Role of the Immune System in Development of Cardiometabolic Syndrome Among Survivors of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation

Former Pre-K Scholars

The following scholars have advanced to another CTSI career development program: 

Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MS, PT (current CTSI KL2 Scholar)
Primary Mentor: Kelvin Lim, MD
Project title: Safety of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Pediatric Hemiparesisurrent Stimulation in Pediatric Hempiaresis

Rebecca Shlafer, PhD (current CTSI KL2 Scholar)
Primary mentor: Michael Resnick
Project title: Nutritional Status and Unmet Needs among Incarcerated Women of Reproductive Age