NIH – NIDCD Research Career Enhancement Award for Established Investigators (K18)

July 7, 2016 by School of Medicine Webmaster

The objective of the NIDCD Research Career Enhancement Award for Established Investigators (K18) program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained, experienced scientists remains current in state-of-the-art techniques, evolving technologies and fundamental, translational and clinical research frontiers, and is available in appropriate numbers to address the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs in hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language sciences.  Established investigators often express an urgent need for compensated protected time and mentored training to augment their research capabilities and to keep their research programs in-step with emerging technologies and evolving scientific frontiers and, thereby, competitive for continued NIH funding. This initiative provides candidates with protected time and mentored guidance to augment or redirect their research career trajectories within the NIDCD research mission. It focuses on established investigators holding the academic rank of Associate Professor or Professor, or the equivalent in non-academic research settings, who have records of scientific accomplishment and independent research support (past and/or present).  The purpose of this FOA is to provide such investigators with support for short-term, intensive periods of mentored research experience over a period of six- to twenty-four months to acquire new research capabilities in the study of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, or language sciences.  Such experiences, typically undertaken during an academic sabbatical year, will afford candidate investigators protected time to: 1) enrich and expand their expertise and research programs through retooling in new techniques, emerging technologies, and/or scientific areas; 2) redirect their research programs in new trajectories within the NIDCD scientific mission; and/or 3) catalyze research collaborations in new research directions.  It is expected that this initiative will lead to new and augmented research programs competitive for NIH funding.  In addition to serving as a short-term career development vehicle for investigators within the NIDCD Extramural research community, this program is also intended for investigators working outside of the hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language sciences who wish to add research direction within the NIDCD scientific mission to their overall research programs.

The research career enhancement experience shall take place in a host laboratory, whether in the applicant institution (i.e., in which the candidate holds his/her primary appointment) or in another institution with the appropriate resources to provide the proposed research career development experience.  In both cases, the tutelage of a well-qualified host/mentor (or team of mentors/hosts) is required.  In most cases, the applicant and proposed mentor(s) and host laboratory will not have had previous research collaborations.  .

The research career development experience proposed must have the potential to substantially augment the research capabilities of the candidate at the applicant institution, and provide new research opportunities and benefits that would not be achievable through a collaborative research grant with the mentor(s).  The research career enhancement experience should be tailored to the individual needs and level of experience of the candidate, and will generally incorporate two components: 1) didactic (e.g., directed study/tutorials, semester-long courses, short courses, seminar series, journal clubs) and/or laboratory-based training/instruction in the new discipline, techniques or technologies; and, 2) a small-scale research project in the host laboratory.  The laboratory experience may comprise fundamental, translational or clinical/patient-oriented research (including epidemiologic, outcomes and health services research).

Special Note: Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with NIDCD staff well in advance to make sure that their applications meet the Institute’s programmatic interests.

Deadlines:  standard dates (and AIDS dates) apply


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