Goal

Augusta University is pleased to announce the Career Development Scholar Program. The goal of the program is to internally develop independent clinician-researchers in basic, translational, and/or clinical areas related to human health, through an intense, mentored, career development program similar to existing career development programs within NIH. Projects related to Coronavirus and COVID-19 are encouraged.  It is anticipated that three applications will be funded in Academic Year (AY) 2022-23.

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Sponsored Programs Administration

706-721-6479

pilotgrants@augusta.edu

Scholar Eligibility (based on NIH K-Award Guidelines)

  • Development of a mentored research project, able to be initiated no later than (NLT) the first quarter of AY 2022-23 (July 1 – Sept. 30, 2022)
  • Doctoral degree from a health profession
  • Full-time Assistant professor faculty appointment or completing a fellow-to-faculty transition  at time of funding initiation (NLT Sept. 30, 2022)
  • Applicants must be able to devote a minimum of 0.50 FTE for one year to the research project; one year renewal is possible, based on Scholar progress towards NIH K-award or other extramural funding proposal submission; a further one year renewal may be possible
  • Identification of a primary experienced, successful mentor, with strong record of providing research guidance and training to successful trainees (see Mentor Criteria); identification of a secondary mentor during the project with complementary training and expertise is recommended; a mentor committee will provide oversight of mentors
  • Written commitment of Scholar’s Department Chair guaranteeing willingness to provide 0.50 FTE protected research time while funded as a Scholar; Chair’s letter should address future research career expectations and offer career coaching commitments
  • Ability to obtain all regulatory approvals (e.g., IRB, IACUC, etc.) by the date of research program activation (NLT Sept. 30, 2022).
  • Commitment to provide quarterly updates, and subsequently yearly progress reports.
  • S. Citizen or green card holder

Budget

  • A detailed proposal budget should include funding for scholars as follows:
  • Salary and fringe benefits for 0.50 FTE effort, up to a total of $120,000/year, plus 34% fringe. Departments may supplement the Career Development Scholar salary support to ensure that Scholars can commit 6.0 calendar months/year (0.50 FTE) to the program
  • Up to $40,000 per Scholar for research expenses such as lab or community projects and administrative supplies, including up to $2,000 for travel to research-related meetings

Mentor Criteria

  • Full-time AU faculty member in a health sciences college (MCG, other)
  • Active extramural (ideally federal) funding during the period of Scholar mentoring
  • Strong track record of successful research career mentoring
  • 5% time availability to the Scholar (~2hrs/week on average); no direct salary support
  • Suitable laboratory or community-based research mentoring environment
  • Listing a secondary Mentor is recommended

Deadline

The deadline for the applications was Friday, March 15, 2022.  Late applications will not be accepted.

  • 0.50 FTE (6 calendar months) dedicated time for research means five of ten half day sessions/week, or 20 half day sessions in a four week period It is recognized that some weeks may be less and others more, but 20 half day sessions over four weeks is the expectation.
  • Individuals are also allowed to participate in night call, weekend (and holiday) coverage, etc., as others of equivalent positions. Compensatory time off, if standard for the Department/Section, should not be during research half days.
  • AU is providing faculty support up to $120,000 (plus 34% fringe) for 0.50 FTE effort. If the faculty member’s salary is less than $240,000, AU will only fund 0.50 FTE effort.  Thus, for example, if the individual’s total salary is $180,000, AU K-Like Program will fund $90,000 towards salary, with corresponding fringe, and the Department/College funds the remaining $90,000 for the non-research 0.50 FTE.
  • For faculty with salary above $240,000, AU K-Like Program will fund $120,000; the Department/College is responsible for covering the non-research 0.50 FTE effort plus the difference between half the actual salary and $120,000, plus corresponding fringe. Thus, for example, if the faculty member has a salary of $300,000, the AU K-Like Program will fund $120,000 and corresponding fringe; the Department/College would be responsible for both the 0.50 FTE non-research salary of $150,000 and fringe, plus the $30,000 plus fringe ($300,000/2- $120,000 = $30,000), for a total of $180,000 plus corresponding fringe.
  • The Chair’s Letter of Support should explicitly mention the financial commitment the Department is willing to make, as well as the Department’s and their personal guarantee that the minimal research time of average five half days/week will be protected.
  • The Department/College can make the commitment for greater than 0.50 FTE effort towards research. In such cases, the Department/College is responsible for funding the additional amount of effort and fringe.
  • The first year of support will coincide with FY21; no extensions will be provided. Thus, if the Scholar is not prepared to start by 7/1/2022, the period of support will be less than 12 months in the first year of support. All Scholars must start by 9/1/2022.

 

FAQs

Will this program be offered annually?

It is our hope to offer this program again.

Are individuals on the Research Scientist Track eligible?

As written now, Research Scientists are not eligible. This could be reconsidered in the future.

Is there any time limit from being granted the PhD or MD degree?

We did not place a limit on the number of years since receiving an MD or PhD.

Are references included in the research plan 6-page limitation?

Any reference pages included will not count against the 6-page limitation in the research plan.

Can an applicant submit more than one proposal?

No, applicants can only submit one proposal per academic year.