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Frequently Asked Questions

LA CaTS Center Roadmap Scholar Program

 

Once per year there is an RFA for each of the LACaTS funded scholars.

You can visit the LA CaTS Center website home page and look at the “Funding and Training Opportunities” heading for new announcements; you can also subscribe (in the top left corner) to receive email notifications of all new opportunities OR email info@lacats.org.

The LA CaTS PD Core awards three Roadmap Scholarships (one from each institution: Tulane University, Pennington Biomedical and LSUHSC New Orleans) each year. Please refer to the instructions on the specific RFA for eligibility and requirements.

Roadmap Scholars - applicant should hold an MD, PhD, DDS or PharmD and should be a junior faculty in one of the three institutions: Pennington Biomedical, LSUHSC New Orleans, and Tulane University. Scholars from other institutions are welcome to apply to the Master of Science in Clinical Research program at Tulane University.

No, all Roadmap scholarship applications should be submitted by a candidate from one of the following three partner institutions: Pennington Biomedical, LSUHSC New Orleans, and Tulane University. However, you are allowed to have mentors/collaborators outside of the LA CaTS institutions on the project. Scholars from other partner institutions are welcome to apply to the Master of Science in Clinical Research and the Certificate in Clinical Research programs offered through Tulane University, but are not eligible for LA CaTS support..

Yes, a Roadmap Scholar should be in a faculty position at the time of application. Applicants who do not have a faculty position but have a letter from the institution pledging that the applicant will be appointed in a faculty position by the start date of the award will be considered.

Members of an Internal Advisory Board (IAB) review the applications. The IAB is comprised of senior faculty and center directors from Tulane University, Pennington Biomedical and LSUHSC New Orleans.

The Roadmap award decisions will be announced typically two months following grant submission deadline. An email will be sent directly to each applicant notifying them of the decision.

Yes, all applicants will receive a summary of reviewer comments by email after the awarded applications have been announced.


Unless stated otherwise in the RFA, the start date for a Roadmap Scholarship would be July 1st. The Roadmap Scholar funding is for a period of two years.

Unless stated in the RFA instructions, appendices are typically allowed for documents such as manuscript reprints, letters, IRB/IACUC approvals, questionnaires, etc. Appendices do not count toward the allotted page limit for the Research Plan.

No, references are not to be counted in the specified page limit.

Yes, NIH style biosketches are required for the applicant as well as each mentor. Biosketches should be submitted on the NIH template.

Yes, eligible scholars who are not supported by LA CaTS are welcome to apply to the Master of Science in Clinical Research and the Certificate in Clinical Research programs offered through Tulane University. Please visit http://tulane.edu/som/adcr/ or contact DeNean La Roche at dlaroch1@tulane.edu for further information.

All applications should be directly submitted via to CareerDevel@LACaTS.org.

No, only direct costs are allowed for Roadmap scholarships.