University of Southern California


PAR 12-085 NIBIB Research Education Programs for Residents and Clinical Fellows (R25)

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:                                                        April 23, 2014                    
Internal Deadline:                           March 3, 2014
External Deadline:                          May 23, 2014
Award Information:                        Type:  New; Resubmission
Estimated Number of Awards:  Because the nature and scope of the proposed research education program will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award may vary. Although the financial plans of the NIBIB provide support for this program, awards pursuant to this funding opportunity are contingent upon the availability of funds and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

Base Support for Research Education Programs (Year 1). Although the size of the award may vary among research education programs, applications may not request annual direct costs of more than $70,000 per participant per year. Grants submitted in response to this FOA will support salary plus fringe benefits for a minimum of 9 person-months (equivalent to 75% of full-time professional effort) effort for a period of 12 months per participant. Grants may also request up to $10,000 for research-related expenses and up to $1,000 for travel to appropriate scientific meetings per participant per year. Programs may request support for up to two participants during the first year. Once a primary grant has been awarded, administrative supplement requests for participant support may be submitted (see below).

Supplemental Support Requests to request support for up to two participants per year may be made as administrative supplements as outline in Section IV. Application and Submission Information. An NIH Guide Notice explaining the application procedures for administrative supplements will be published at a future date.

Anticipated Amount: Application budgets are not limited, but must conform to the allowable cost structure described above. Maximum period of 5 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 overall goal of NIBIB’s research training and research education programs is to ensure that highly trained scientists will be available to improve human health by leading the development and accelerating the clinical translation of biomedical imaging and bioengineering technologies. There is also a critical need to increase the number of clinician-scientists, especially those with previous training in engineering and the physical sciences. NIBIB supports training and education activities by partnering with Radiology Departments to enhance the career development of outstanding residents and clinical fellows in radiology and other residency programs in areas relevant to the NIBIB mission.

NIBIB currently uses institutional (T32) training grants to provide research training in biomedical imaging and bioengineering for residents and clinical fellows, and mentored career development awards (K08/K23) for clinician-scientists who already have early training, research experience, and a strong record of research productivity. However, these programs are only appropriate for Radiology and other clinical departments that already support residency research training, have well-established research infrastructure, and have a large number of mentoring faculty. There is, therefore, a need for an additional mechanism which will encourage Radiology departments lacking the resources to compete for and support a T32 program, to combine their own resources with those of other clinical departments, thus improving their ability to offer research training to outstanding residents and clinical fellows. This Research Education Program is expected to increase the number of Radiology and other clinical departments that support research training and to foster the professional development of residents and clinical fellows from radiology and other residency programs. It is also expected to better prepare these individuals to compete for mentored career development and individual research awards.

It is expected that participants will be supervised by mentors with a strong record of training clinician-scientists and and will conduct basic or clinical research in a well-funded (NIH or comparable) research laboratory. Program mentors may have faculty appointments in Radiology and/or other clinical departments – dual mentoring by mentors in multiple departments is encouraged but not required.  In addition, it is expected that participants will receive, through appropriate educational experiences, guidance in the professional skills needed for a successful research career, including research design and analysis, grantwriting, and career counseling. Hallmarks of these programs will be the immersion of participants in a significant research problem and an environment that provides high quality mentoring in all aspects of research and career management required for success as a clinician-scientist. The immediate goal of this program is to prepare clinicians, including, but not limited to, clinicians with previous training in engineering and the physical sciences or interested in obtaining research experience in biomedical imaging or bioengineering, to successfully compete for mentored career development and individual research awards. Such success will facilitate their transition to clinician-scientists, and will increase the number of clinician-scientists from Radiology and other clinical departments who conduct research in NIBIB mission areas.