Research Funding

LA CaTS Roadmap Scholars Program Applications

The LA CaTS CEMCD Core announces an RFA for the Roadmap Scholarship 2017

Application packets must be received by
5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Three Roadmap Scholars will be chosen each year. Applicants should hold an MD, PhD, DDS, or PharmD. Please refer to the NIH K99 guidelines for eligibility criteria. Applicants may be current members of the faculty or candidates for appointment to the faculty prior to July 1, 2017.
Learn more about the current scholars and their projects.


The program supports 75% of the Scholar's salary and fringe up to a maximum total grant contribution of $130,000/year (direct cost only for salary and fringe benefits). The program also funds travel to present at the Translational Science (ACTS) meeting up to a 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 (K99) award or its equivalent, permitting 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.


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, Program Directors, and Department Chairs. Candidates 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 April 1, 2017.


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 the K99 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 wins support for further training.
  10. Mentorship Agreement: Completed and signed by applicant and each mentor.


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.


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 Paula Gregory, Phillip Brantley, and Roy Weiner at

Applications need not be routed through the institutional research office.


April 1, 2017 - Nominees and mentors will be notified of final decision.
*If selected, nominee must be prepared to start classes on July 5, 2017.

Salary support will be effective July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019.


LA CaTS Center Roadmap Scholar Programs

1. How often are Roadmap Scholarships awarded?

Once per year there is an RFA for each of the LACaTS funded scholars:
For 2017, the RFA will be announced on January 13th with an application deadline of February 15th.

2. How can I find out about your announcements for scholarships and other grant funding opportunities?

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

3. How many scholars are awarded the Roadmap scholarship each years?

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.

4. What is the eligibility criteria for the Roadmap Scholarship application?

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.

5. Can a Roadmap scholar application be submitted through an institution not part of the LA CaTS Center Institutions?

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..

6. Does the Roadmap applicant need to have a faculty position at the time of application?

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.

7. Who reviews the applications?

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.

8. When will applicants be informed of the decision?

The Roadmap award decisions will be announced on April 1st. An email will be sent directly to each applicant notifying them of the decision.

9. Will all applicants receive the comments from the application reviews?

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

10. What are the award start & end dates?

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.

11. Will the application be sent to the NIH?

All scholars who are awarded the Roadmap Scholarship will need to get final approval from NIH before the start of their research project. The Administrative Core staff will assist the Scholars with facilitating this approval. Contact for questions regarding approvals.

12. Are appendices allowed as part of the application?

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.

13. Are references included in the specified page limit for the Research Plan?

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

14. Are biosketches required for each mentor?

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

15. Are the Master of Science in Clinical Research and Certificate in Clinical Research programs at Tulane University available to eligible scholars who are not supported by LA CaTS?

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 or contact DeNean La Roche at for further information.

16. Before a Roadmap scholarship application can be submitted for review, does it have to be routed and signed off by my institution’s research office?

Unless otherwise indicated, Roadmap scholarship applications need not be routed off through your respective institution’s research office before submission. All applications should be directly submitted via email to Paula Gregory and Roy Weiner at Awarded applications will, however, need to be routed and signed off by your respective institution’s research office for approval before submission to the NIH.

17. Will the Roadmap scholarship provide/allow indirect costs?

No, only direct costs are allowed for Roadmap scholarships.