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LA CaTS ROADMAP SCHOLARS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS

Application packets must be received by 5:00pm on Thursday, February 1, 2023.

ANNOUNCEMENT
The Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center is committed to advancing the diversity among the scientific workforce in Louisiana and the research and career development of all people. Despite tremendous advancements in scientific research; information, education, and research opportunities are not equally available to all. To ensure LA CaTS is providing equal access to training opportunities, we are excited to announce the launch of the LA CaTS 2023 Underrepresented Minority Roadmap Scholar (UMRS) award.

ELIGIBILITY
One UMRS 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, 2023) at any LA CaTS Institution, including Pennington Biomedical Research Center, LSU Health-New Orleans, Tulane University, Children’s Hospital, LSU A&M, Xavier University, LSU Health-Shreveport, or Ochsner. An UMRS will represent at least one underrepresented minority classification as designated by the NIH.  Click here for details: 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 Association for Clinical and 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 UMRS’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 February 28, 2023.

APPLICATION
Each application must include the following:

  1. Cover page with title of research project, and name, title and institution of
  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
  10. Mentorship Agreement: Completed and signed by applicant and each Individual document for each mentor.
  11. Roadmap Scholar Applicant Demographics: Click on link to complete online

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 Underrepresented Minority Roadmap Scholar Application FAQs": Thursday, December 8, 2022 at noon (Zoom meeting link)
  • Applications Deadline: 5:00pm on Thursday, February 1, 2023 (submit via email to CareerDevel@LACaTS.org)
  • Nominees and Mentors Notified by: Friday, April 28, 2023 (approximately)
  • Salary support begins: July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2025
  • Classes begin for Scholars: Monday, July 3, 2023

SELECTED PAST ROADMAP SCHOLARS:

Name

Year

Institution

Research Interest

Current status

 

Fokhrul Hossain, PhD

 

2020

 

LSUH-NO

 

Obesity Staging and Triple Negative Breast Cancers

Promoted to Assistant Professor-Research Department of Genetics from Instructor in 2022. Awarded NIH Loan Repayment Program Award 2022-2023.

 

Kara Marlatt, PhD

 

2020

Pennington Biomedical Research Ctr

 

Menopause and Adipose Tissue

Awarded $500K 4-yr NIDDK K01 grant in 2022. Awarded NIH Loan Repayment Program Award and Renewal Award, 2021-2023.

 

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. Promoted to Associate Professor of Psychology, tenured, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Hematology & Medical Oncology), and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry in 2021.

 

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.