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LA CaTS ROADMAP SCHOLAR APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS (SAMPLE)


The 2022 LA CaTS Center Roadmap Scholars Program application period has ended. Interested investigators may use this sample instructions as a guide for the next application period. Contact CareerDevel@LACaTS.org for questions.

SUPPORT
SELECTION PROCESS
APPLICATION
FILE FORMAT
IMPORTANT DATES
RELATED FILES


ELIGIBILITY
Four Roadmap Scholars will be chosen each year. Applicants should hold an MD, DO, PhD, DDS, or PharmD. Please refer to any NIH K award guidelines for eligibility criteria. Applicants may be current members of the faculty or candidates for appointment to the faculty (prior to July 1, XXXX) at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, or Tulane University. One Roadmap Scholar will be designated an Underrepresented Minority Roadmap Scholar (URMRS) and will be based at any of the three institutions. An URMRS will represent at least one underrepresented minority classification as designated by the NIH. Click here for more information: https://diversity.nih.gov/about-us/population-underrepresented.

SUPPORT
The program supports 75% of the Scholar's salary and fringe up to an annual maximum designated amount (direct cost only for salary and fringe benefits). The program also funds travel to present at the Clinical Translational Science (ACTS) meeting (maximum of $2,500/year) and at another scientific research conference of the Scholar’s specialty, up to a maximum of $1,500/year. In addition, the Scholar’s mentor will receive a one-time allocation of $10,000 (direct cost only) to support the Roadmap Scholar’s research and career development. The program also covers costs of tuition for courses in the Master of Science in Clinical Research curriculum.

Support is provided for 2 years, by the end of which we anticipate that the scholar will have competed successfully for an NIH Career Transition (K) award or its equivalent, providing continued protected mentored career development for a total of at least 5 years and providing protected time for advancement to an R01 or equivalent award.

SELECTION PROCESS
The selection process will be competitive and composed of two rounds. First, our Professional Development Internal Advisory Board (IAB) will evaluate and prioritize the candidates. The IAB is composed of COBRE Directors, Center Directors, and Department Chairs. Those candidates who are selected to continue to the second round will be invited to interview with the Directors of the Professional Development Core. Scholar awardees will be notified by approximately XX/XX/XX contingent upon LA CaTS funding being granted.

APPLICATION
Each application must include the following:

  1. Cover page with title of research project, and name, title and institution of nominee.
  2. NIH Biosketch with personal statement of the applicant
  3. NIH Biosketch(s) of ALL proposed mentors
  4. Abstract of intended translational research (30 line limit)
  5. Proposed performance site(s) for the research project
  6. Name(s) and role(s) of the mentor(s) that will guide the nominees’ research training
  7. Research proposal follows the format of any K NIH Application: Specific Aims, Significance, Innovation and Research Approach (Note, our limit is 3 pages, excluding references)
  8. Career Development Plan: Present a systematic plan that: (a) shows a logical progression from the candidate’s prior research and training experiences to the training and research experiences proposed for the mentored phase of the award and subsequently to independent investigator status and (b) justifies the need for further mentored career development to become an independent research investigator (1 page limit).
  9. Support letters: In addition to letters from the applicant’s Mentor(s), we require letters from the applicant’s Dean, Department Chair, and Section Chief pledging support for the career development and protection of 75% time for the 2 years of this award and for up to an additional 3 years if the Scholar is awarded support for further training.
  10. Mentorship Agreement: Completed and signed by applicant and each mentor.

FILE FORMAT
All documents should be compiled (in above order) into a single PDF file.
The format of the application should conform to NIH SF424 guidelines, as closely as possible.
File Name
Save the file and use file name “nominee last name_ nominee first name_ nominee institution_ roadmap” (ex: Doe_John_MyUniversity_Roadmap).  Be sure to only use standard characters in file names: A through Z, a through z, 0 through 9, and underscore (_). Do not use any special characters (example: “&”, “-“, “*”, “%”, “/”, and “#”) or spacing in the file name, and for word separation use underscore (example: “My_Attached_File.pdf”) in naming the attachments.

Font
Use an Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface, a black font color, and a font size of 11 points or larger. (A Symbol font may be used to insert Greek letters or special characters; the font size requirement still applies.)

Paper Size and Page Margins
Use standard paper size (8 ½" x 11).

Use at least half inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages. No information should appear in the margins, including the PI’s name and page numbers.
Page Formatting
Since a number of reviewers will be reviewing applications as an electronic document and not a paper version, applicants are strongly encouraged to use only a standard, single-column format for the text. Avoid using a two-column format since it can cause difficulties when reviewing the document electronically.

Application packets should be sent via email to CareerDevel@LACaTS.org. Applications need not be routed through the institutional research office.

Important Dates:

  • Informational Webinar - "LA CaTS Roadmap Scholar Application FAQs": XX/XX/XX
  • Applications Deadline: XX/XX/XX (submit via email to CareerDevel@LACaTS.org)
  • Nominees and Mentors Notified by: XX/XX/XX (approximately)
  • Salary support begins: July 1, XXXX through June 30, XXXX
  • Classes begin for Scholars: Beginning of July after application period (date TBA)

 

SELECTED PAST ROADMAP SCHOLARS:

Name

Year

Institution

Research Interest

Current status

Christine Bojanowski, MD

2019

Tulane University

Chronic infections and Cystic Fibrosis

Promoted to Co-Director of Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center in 2020. Awarded elite, $130K Gilead Research Scholar Program in Cystic Fibrosis in 2021. Selected as a Scholar for the Tulane University School of Medicine Scientist Pipeline Program.

Amanda Staiano, PhD

2015

Pennington Biomedical Research Ctr

Childhood Obesity and Health Behavior 

Awarded $4.5M subaward for 5-yr PCORI grant, A Pragmatic Family-Centered Approach to Childhood Obesity Treatment.

Maissaa Janbain, MD

2015

Tulane University

Hemophilia and Anti-fibrinolytic Therapy 

Secured $200,000 in extramural grant funding as a PI. Selected as a Scholar for the Tulane University School of Medicine Scientist Pipeline Program.

Michael Hoerger, PhD

2014

Tulane University

How psychosocial factors contribute to cancer outcomes

Founding director of Psycho-Oncology Research Program. Published over 50 articles and chapters early in career.

Matthew Lammi, MD

2013

LSUH-NO

Connective tissue disease and the lung; Heart-lung interactions

Promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine in Section of Pulmonary/Critical Care & Allergy/Immunology at LSUHSC-NO in 2017. Secured $170,000 in extramural grants as a PI

Courtney Peterson, PhD

2013

Pennington Biomedical Research Ctr

Dietary strategies to mitigate or reverse chronic disease

Promoted to Associate Professor in Dept of Nutrition Sciences at UAB. NCATS featured scientist in August 2018. In 2021, awarded $4.2M grant for 5-yr NCI grant.


Learn more about past and current scholars and their projects.

Related files:

 
Roadmap Sample Support Letter_Mentor_July2021.pdf
Roadmap Sample Support Letter_Dean_July2021.pdf
Roadmap Sample Support Letter_Chief_July2021.pdf
Roadmap Sample Support Letter_Chair_July2021.pdf