Funding Announcement for KL-2 Fellowship

We are delighted to announce that the BU-CTSI will support one (1) KL-2 trainee for a Career Development Award beginning April 1, 2018 and extending through March 31, 2020. Faculty interested in the support should submit a NOI (Notice of Intent) by December 1, 2017 and
the following materials by Jan 4, 2018.

Key Dates

Release Date: November 1, 2017
NOI Deadline: December 1, 2017
Application Deadline: January 4, 2018
Funding Start Date: April 1, 2018

The materials should be submitted in the order listed below  via WEB CAMP here. Applications that are not complete will not be reviewed. Individuals with recent submissions of highly competitive but unfunded individual K series awards or other career development awards are encouraged to apply. We are seeking to fund faculty with promise to be an NIH or NSF supported investigator.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
• Must be US Citizen or a permanent resident
• Have MD/PhD/DDS or equivalent degree
• Have Junior Faculty appointment (Instructor or Assistant Professor) at Boston University as of March 31, 2018. Cannot be PI of an R01 or NIH funded K award now or in the past.

APPLICATION:
• Your NIH-formatted Biosketch (must have eRA Commons name included).
• Your mentor(s) NIH-formatted Biosketch with eRA commons names included.
• Financial Administrator name and contact information.
• Human Subjects certification
• Other support page
• Letters of Support
• Letter form Applicant’s Department Chair/Section Chief
• Budget

A 12 page Research Proposal (single spaced, double-space between paragraphs – in Arial 11) that is similar in outline to an NIH Individual Career Development “K” award. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-16-198.html

The following sections should be included within the 12 page limit:

Candidate’s Background – Include a description of all of the candidate’s professional responsibilities and show their relation to the proposed activities. Describe prior training and how it relates to the objectives and long-term career plans of the candidate. Describe the candidate’s research efforts to this point in his/her research career including any publications, prior research interests and experience. Provide evidence of the candidate’s potential to develop into an independent investigator.
Career Goals and Objectives – Statement of long-term research goals and how the trainee would benefit from inclusion in the translational and multidisciplinary program to reach these goals. Describe a systematic plan: (1) that shows a logical progression from prior research and training experiences to the research and career development experiences that will occur during the career award period and then to independent investigator status; (2) that justifies the need for further career development to become an independent investigator; and (3) that utilizes the relevant research and educational resources of the institution.
Career Development/Training Activities during award period – Statement of the candidate seeking a degree which describes the type of degree, the need for the degree and how it will impact their translational science and career. If the candidate already has an advanced degree (PhD, Masters), options for selected course work or additional degree in a field to promote their interdisciplinary goals should be discussed as indicated.
Research Strategy – Summary of the primary research project to be conducted during the award period. Trainees must develop the proposal with their research mentors. The proposal will allow the selection committee to assess commitment to translational research and will provide an indication of a trainee’s ability to articulate a research question and to articulate strategies for answering it. Follow NIH guidelines for standard research strategy to include the following components:

Research Strategy: a) Significance b) Innovation c) Approach.

The following sections are not included within the 12 page limit:
A 1 page Abstract – Include the title of the project
A 1 page Specific Aims
Protection of Human Subjects/Vertebrate Animals (if applicable).
Letters of support from the trainee’s research mentors. Two primary mentors are required. All primary research mentors must have demonstrated experience as a mentor and the research mentors must come from two different disciplines (e.g. biochemistry and medicine; medicine and biostatistics).
A letter from the trainee’s Department Chair/Section Chief or equivalent (if they are not one of the mentors) indicating that she/he will provide at least 75% “protected-time” and a specific plan outlining their clinical duties to ensure that these are minimal and do not threaten protected research time.
A budget for two years, including itemization of project related expenses (see below). It is required that the KL-2 trainee commit and be supported for 75% effort to the program. (Up to $100,000 Salary + Fringe Benefits and up to $25,000 non-Salary Support per year + 8% F&A– See below)

FIVE CRITERIA WILL BE USED BY THE SELECTION COMMITTEE TO SELECT KL-2 TRAINEE
• Adequacy of the research plan, judged in terms of importance of the primary hypothesis, soundness of scientific methods, and feasibility of the project;
• Research potential of the candidate, judged by the selection committee as the likelihood that the candidate will develop into an independent investigator;
• Research project and a research plan that fit the priorities of this initiative – that is, that the research project is multidisciplinary and translational;
• Assessments from the Department Chair and research mentors regarding the potential of the candidate becoming an independent investigator and to influence research in the trainee’s department;
• Departmental commitment to support research career development.

THE SUPPORT AVAILABLE IS AS FOLLOWS:
• Up to $100,000 salary support per year for 2 years (fringe benefits will be added to this amount).
• The candidate must commit 75% effort to research (some select specialties can commit 50%).
• Up to $25,000 in non-salary support per year can be requested. These funds can be used for travel, tuition, fees, research supplies, equipment, computer time, and research assistant support.
• 8% F&A Rate will apply to MTDC.

THE CANDIDATE WILL BE EXPECTED TO:
• Meet with Drs. Felson and/or Lasser quarterly
• Participate in the PRIME seminar series (2x/month)
• Provide a project report biannually
SELECTION COMMITTEE MEMBERS INCLUDE:

• David Felson
• Karen Lasser
• To Be Named
• To Be Named
• David Center (ex officio)

IMPORTANT CONTACTS:
Please contact Dr. David Felson with any general questions (dfelson@bu.edu).
For specific budgetary questions contact Lisa Massa (lmassa@bu.edu).
Contact Sharon Tomlinson with questions regarding your pending submission (stomlin@bu.edu).

KL2 Application click here

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