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DEADLINE EXTENDED January 17, 2014 

The UC Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) proudly announces a new call for the faculty career mentored development award (KL-2) under the NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). The ICTS KL-2 awards are intended to support a period of mentored career development in preparation for a role as an independent researcher. The K awards require the candidate to hold a full-time faculty appointment at UCI and devote a minimum of 75% effort to the career award. Our goal is to increase the quantity and quality of exceptionally gifted clinical researchers and translational scientists throughout the training pipeline.

The ICTS funds three KL-2 scholars.  Currently, we have one vacant appointment.    The appointment requires a commitment for a minimum of two years.  The scholar will receive salary support of 75% (up to $75,000), plus benefits and additional research expense funds ($7,500) and travel funds from ICTS ($1,500). A minimum of 75% effort must be dedicated to pursuing multidisciplinary clinical research and translational science for a minimum of 2 years. During the 2 years of ICTS support, ICTS will work with the scholar through dedicated mentoring and monitoring to assist the investigator in applying for an individual NIH K-award. The faculty scholar's home department, School, or organized research unit is expected to contribute the balance of the scholar's salary and research support during the period covered by the award. We would like the applicant to begin as soon as possible, and no later than April 1, 2014


Applications DEADLINE EXTENDED to January 17, 2014.

  • Final application includes:
    • Summary of the degree to which the application meets five ICTS-KL-2 scholar selection criteria (limit to 1000 words)
      • Format of Mentorship.  Substantial face-to-face discussions among the career recipient/scholars, other individuals in a similar training status, and mentors along with a combination of didactic and small-group discussions (e.g. case studies) are highly encouraged.
      • Subject Matter. While there are no specific curricular requirements for instruction in responsible conduct of research, the following topics have been incorporated into most acceptable plans for such instruction:
        • conflict of interest – personal, professional, and financial
        • policies regarding human subjects, live vertebrate animal subjects in research, and safe laboratory practices
        • mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
        • collaborative research including collaborations with industry
        • peer review
        • data acquisition and laboratory tools; management, sharing and ownership
        • research misconduct and policies for handling misconduct
        • responsible authorship and publication
        • the scientist as a responsible member of society, contemporary ethical issues in biomedical research, and the environmental and societal impacts of scientific research
      • Faculty Participation. Mentors and other appropriate faculty are highly encouraged to contribute both to formal and informal instruction in responsible conduct of research. Informal instruction occurs in the course of laboratory interactions and in other informal situations throughout the year.
      • Duration of Instruction. Instruction should involve substantive contact hours between the career recipient/scholars, mentors and other appropriate faculty. Acceptable programs generally involve at least eight contact hours. A semester-long series of seminars/programs may be more effective than a single seminar or one-day workshop because it is expected that topics will then be considered in sufficient depth, learning will be better consolidated, and the subject matter will be synthesized within a broader conceptual framework.
      • Frequency of Instruction. Reflection on responsible conduct of research should recur throughout a scientist's career. Individual scholars are strongly encouraged to consider how to optimize instruction in responsible conduct of research for the particular career stage(s). Instruction must be undertaken at least once during each career stage, and at a frequency of no less than once every four years. Individuals at the early career investigator must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research at least once during this career stage.
    • Statement of research interests and career goals (limit to 1000 words)
    • Two mentor Support Letters
      • Outline the qualification of the applicant and the availability of resources for the applicant to complete their research
      • Additionally, mentors need to provide a statement regarding their role in career development of the ICTS-KL2 scholar.  It should be stressed that primary review criteria include the extent of support provided by the mentor/department and the quality of mentoring. 
    • A signed statement of support from the department chair or division chief. 
      • This letter need only speak to the availability of resources for the applicant to perform research
    • NIH Biosketch

Notes and Deadlines

Applications EXTENDED TO January 17, 2014

ICTS would like accepted scholar to begin as soon as possible; no later than April 1, 2014.

All application documents must be submitted online at www.icts.uci.edu/grants  

Questions regarding salary should be directed to Andria Pontello:apontell@uci.edu.

All general questions should be directed to Diana Vigil dvigil1@uci.edu ; (949)824-1231.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome on or before March 15, 2014.

NIH Policy on K-awards: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps_2012/nihgps_ch12.htm