K-R01 Transition to Independence Program

The K-R01 Transition to Independence Program is available to Assistant Professors (in rank ≤ 7 years) conducting clinical or translational research and aims to place investigators further on the path to be competitive for R01 awards.

Program overview 

  • $50,000 research funds to be expended over 2 years
  • Assistant Professor (in rank ≤ 7 years), primary mentor and biostatistician
  • Applicants must have held an active K award (KL2, BIRCWH, Independent K award (K23, K07, etc)for at least one year at the time of application, or successfully concluded a K award on or after May 1, 2018
  • Up to five awards will be issued for this RFA
  • Key dates:
    • LOI deadline: Noon, Wednesday, May 22
    • Invitations to complete full applications sent to selected applicants: May 28
    • Full applications due: Noon, July 30
    • Award notifications distributed: September 20
    • Award start date: November 1

Application details

The LOI period for the 2019 application cycle has closed. See the 2019 application information below. 

Nature and purpose

CTSI will provide funds, specialized career development, and dedicated support of senior investigators for K awardees interested in clinical and translational research. The K-R01 Transition to Independence Program is designed to support faculty by providing mentorship, oversight, programming and pilot funds.

This two-year program aims to place junior investigators, who have K awards, further on the path to be competitive for R01 awards. This RFA will be issued annually. Success of this program will be judged by the number of awardees who move forward to secure NIH R01 grants, and R01 equivalent funding for clinical and translational research.

Applications from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged.

Current scholars

Allyson Hart, MD, MS

Department of Medicine
Mentors: Ajay Israni, John Connett
Project title: Decision Support Needs for African American Kidney Transplant Candidates

Zohar Sachs, MD, PhD

Department of Medicine
Mentors: David Largaespada, Karen Sachs
Project title: Immunoproteasome Inhibition to Target AML Stem Cells

Deanna Teoh, MD

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women's Health
Mentors: Shalini Kulasingam, Rachel Isaksson Vogel
Project title: Optimizing Harms and Benefits of Cervical Cancer Screening for HPV-Vaccinated Women: Screening Test Performance and Acceptability of Reduced Screening

Former scholars

Jason Baker, MD, MS

Primary mentor: James Neaton, PhD
Project title: The Coagulopathy of HIV Infection 

Melena Bellin, MD

Primary mentor: Antoinette Moran
Additional mentor: James Hodges
Project title: Assessing beta cell loss and islet engraftment after islet autotransplantation

Maneesh Bhargava, MD

Primary mentor: Christine Wendt
Additional mentor: Baolin Wu
Project title: Biomarkers to predict outcomes in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Cari Clark, ScD

Primary mentor: Mary Jo Kreitzer
Additional mentor: John Connett
Project title: Impact of Yoga on Violence Survivor's Mental and Cardio Metabolic Health: A Feasibility Study of a Cluster Randomized Trial 

Kathryn Cullen, MD

Primary mentor: Kelvin O. Lim
Additional mentor: Lynn Eberly
Project title: Intravenous Ketamine in Adolescent Treatment-Resistant Depression: Efficacy and Brain Mechanisms

Paul Drawz, MD

Primary mentor: Hassan Ibrahim
Additional mentor: Kyle Rudser
Project title: Treatment of Masked Hypertension 

Theresa Laguna, MD, MSCS

Primary mentor: Christine Wendt
Additional mentor: Cavan Reilly
Project title: Biomarkers of Injury and Destruction in the Cystic Fibrosis Lung 

Julie Ostrander, PhD

Primary mentor: Douglas Yee
Additional mentor: Chap Le
Project title: PELP1 Localization as a Biomarker for Early Mammary Carcinogenesis and Response to Chemoprevention

Lynda Polgreen, MD, MS

Primary mentor: Chester Whitley
Additional mentor: William Thomas
Project title: Cross-Sectional Study of Associations of Osteocalcin with Obesity, Insulin Resistance, Adipokines and Inflammation in the Mucopolysaccharidoses 

Karina Quevedo, PhD

Primary mentors: Kamil Ugurbil and Kathleen Thomas
Co-mentors: John Strupp and Susan Wei
Project title: How to Train your Brain: Neurofeedback and Changing Brain Activity in Adolescent Depression

Kristine Talley, PhD, RN, GNP-BC

Primary mentor: Jean F. Wyman
Additional mentor: James Neaton
Project title: Preventing Toileting Disability in Frail Older Women

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