The MCW Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is seeking applicants for the Scientific Teams Advancing Research Translations (START) TL1 Mentored Clinical Research Training Program. The START TL1 award supports trainees seeking a practical introduction to clinical and translational research. The TL1 award provides full-time research training support for one year for a.) postdoctoral students with clinical degrees (as defined below) who are currently enrolled in a research degree granting program, and b.) pre-doctoral students (i.e. MD/PhD or PhD students) seeking additional training in clinical research.
The overall goal of START TL1 Program award is to increase the number of well-trained clinician-scientists who can lead the design and oversight of future clinical investigations critical to transforming the translational process so that new treatments and cures for disease can be delivered to patients faster.
Status: Application Period Open
- Release Date: November 1, 2020
- Letter of Intent Deadline: February 12, 2021
- Notice to Apply: February 26, 2021
- Application Deadline: April 2, 2021
- Notification Date: April 15, 2021
- Award Start Date: July 1, 2021
During the year of research, trainees will participate in workshops that teach grant writing, manuscript writing, and other professional development skills, including best practice strategies to optimize communication skills.
Trainees will also receive Team Science experiences as a vertically integrated training experience. Medical and graduate students conducting clinical and translational research will participate in the program along with postdoctoral students who will work together to better translate research findings throughout the entire spectrum of translational research. The program also utilizes activities with high school and undergraduates from our pipeline programs, to reinforce the impact that clinical and translational research has on human populations within our community.
Trainees will participate in bi-annual conferences to present their current studies in a team-based environment.
The training experience will be optimized by the use of Individual Development Plans (IDP).
For this award cycle, applications are being accepted for:
Pre-doctoral awardees (MD/PhD or PhD) conducting clinical and translational research
Postdoctoral awardees (MD, DDS, DMD, DC, DO, DVM, OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, DrPh, DNSc, DPT, PharmD, ND, DSW, PsyD) conducting clinical and translational research.
Please read this RFA carefully for complete eligibility requirements related to the applicant and type of research proposed.
The start date for the TL1 award is July 1, 2021. The one-year appointment can be renewed once, at the discretion of the TL1 admissions committee and based on the accomplished work to date, for a total possible appointment of two years.
The MCW CTSI START TL1 training program is part of the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program, the goal of which is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. It is funded through a grant from the National Center for Clinical and Translational Science (NCATS).
Publications arising from any research project receiving support from the CTSI should acknowledge support by stating “Support received by grants TL1TR001437 from the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.”
All TL1 awardees will receive:
- Stipend support awarded at the NIH allowed annual maximum: For Pre-Doctoral Scholars (PhDs, MD/PhDs) is 80% protected time with a stipend of $25,320 for one year. Please see link for additional information. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-070.html
- For Postdoctoral Scholars (MD, DDS, DMD, DC, DO, DVM, OD, DPM, ScD, DPT, PharmD, ND, DSW, PsyD) is 80% protected time with a one-year stipend, dollar amount varying depending on years of experience. Please see link for additional information. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-070.html
- Up to $5,700 ($1,500 Travel; $4,200 Trainee related expenses, including fringe) for Pre-Doctoral Scholars and for Postdoctoral Scholars up to $13,350 ($1,500 Travel; $11,850 Trainee related expenses, including fringe) to defray the cost of the research program and travel to national meetings; (Additional information can be found at the links above under B. Training Related Expenses on Institutional Training Grants).
- Access to the CTSI professional services and staff including biostatistics, subject recruitment, and human subjects approval; and
- Access to a training curriculum in clinical and translational research methodology and specialized training seminars.
- Up to 60% of tuition may be reimbursed. (Maximum level-Pre-Doctoral, up to $21,000 per year; Maximum level-Postdoctoral, up to $16,000 per year)
- The award does not support the actual research project.
Please read all parts of this application carefully before applying.