Applicants must submit a letter intent to Dr. Dennis Black by September 23rd, 2016. Full applications are due on October 31st, 2016. See Below for Further Details

Notification of Awards will be made by early December.

Elligibility and Selection Criteria

For Scholars starting January 1st, 2017

  1. All applicants must have a doctoral degree (e.g., MD, PhD, DO, PharmD, DDS, DNP, AuD, etc).
  2. Applicants must be enrolled in a current fellowship or postdoctoral program at UTHSC or hold a faculty appointment in one of the colleges of UTHSC.
  3. If applicants are members of the faculty, their first appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor or above cannot have started prior to July 1st, 2014.
  4. Applicants must have the support of their Chair or Dean to dedicate at least 75% of their time exclusively to this program without clinical or administrative responsibilities in that portion of their effort
  5. Applicants cannot have another NIH-sponsored career development award application either in submission or awarded at the time of application
  6. Applicants must agree to participate in and contribute to the “value-added” training required in the program, and must provide all information required for evaluation and tracking
  7. Applicants should express a commitment to a career in clinical or translational research that has the potential to impact health disparities

Letter of Intent

Please submit a letter of intent to Dr. Dennis Black, by September 23rd, 2016 containing the applicant’s contact information, proposal title and summary (250 word limit) to facilitate recruitment of reviewers. Please include names and contact information for up to three reviewers. Suggested reviewers should be within the institution whenever possible. Outside reviewers should be suggested only when non-conflicted internal reviewers are not available. For revised proposals, every effort will be made to utilize the same reviewers of the previous submission.

Application Packet

Please submit your applications via email to Terrie Swearingen. Download the application packet here. A hard-copy submission of the application packet with all institutional signatures is also required. For further details please see the instructions included in the application packet.

Review of Applications

A subcommittee consisting of SAB members and iRISE staff members will review the proposal and consider all relevant issues. Grants will be formally discussed and scored along the lines of an NIH Study Section. All candidates should carefully review the descriptions of the NIH K08 and K23 mechanisms for definitions of what may be included in each of the specific sections; although the page limits and institutional focus are different, the spirit of the awards and the review criteria will be similar:

Funding Priorities

Additional merit will be assigned to applications that have strong potential to facilitate the development of sustainable research programs, have the potential to further develop the interdisciplinary research community at UTHSC, and have the potential to impact health disparities.

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