University of Southern California


PAR-12-002 – The NEI Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Program Award (K12)

Slots:                                                     One                                                                                      
Nomination per School:               One      
Proposals may not be submitted directly by the PI; nominations are submitted by the School’s Research Dean’s Office.    

LOI:                                                        N/A                                                                                       
Internal Deadline:                           March 31, 2014
External Deadline:                          May 14, 2014
Award Information:                        Type: New; Renewal; Resubmission
Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations, and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
Anticipated Amount: Application budgets need to reflect actual needs of the proposed project.  Total Direct Costs are limited to $1,125,000 per year. The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period.  The maximum period is five years.

Materials to Office of Research: Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.).CV – (4 pages maximum)

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Purpose: The purpose of the NEI Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Program Award (K12) is to support the career development of vision clinical scientists who have made a commitment to independent vision research careers. An increase in the number of well-trained researchers is necessary to reach a critical mass of clinical scientists capable of translating recent basic science advances in order to enhance patient treatment and to advance scientific momentum in the field.  The objectives of this FOA are to 1) increase the number of clinical investigators who are trained in vision sciences research, 2) facilitate and improve the mentoring of this new group of clinician scientists, and 3) bring new scientific expertise to vision related research.  The expected outcomes of this Initiative will be 1) an increase in the number of clinician scientist research leaders who will apply for and obtain independent funding support, and 2) an increased number of multidisciplinary research teams led by junior investigators or investigators new to vision research related fields.  These new teams will form a robust research community applying novel approaches to vision research that will enhance our understanding of the visual disorders and lead to effective new treatments for patients.  These new teams will thrive in academic research centers that foster an environment for developing new collaborative, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary clinician scientists with skills and expertise that can be applied to the most intractable topics in vision research.