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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
The deadline for the applications was Friday, March 15, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.
Award Supplementary Information
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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
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
Can an applicant submit more than one proposal?
No, applicants can only submit one proposal per academic year.