RFA-HL-18-023: Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38)
Internal Deadline: October 26, 2018, noon PT
External Deadline: February 13, 2019
Award Information: Type: Grant
Award Amount and Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
The following NIH components intend to commit the following amounts:
- NHLBI intends to commit total costs of $2,475,000 per year in fiscal years 2018 through 2020 to support up to 7 new awards per fiscal year.
- NCI intends to commit total costs of $314,000 per year in fiscal years 2018 through 2020 to support one new award per fiscal year.
- NIAID intends to commit total costs of $3,729,000 to support up to three new awards in fiscal year 2018 only. No new NIAID R38 awards will be made after FY2018.
Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants
Materials to submit:
- Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
- CV – (5 pages maximum)
Additional Eligibility Info:
Research preceptors should have research expertise and a successful track record of mentoring clinician-investigators. One may consider co-preceptors whenever one preceptor has limited experience; in this case, the timing and interactions between co-preceptors with the Resident-Investigators must be described. Where possible, clinician-investigators with various educational backgrounds, as well as those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical science should have opportunities to serve as preceptors and/or meet with both preceptors and Resident-Participants to discuss effective research career strategies.
For the purposes of this Funding Opportunity, Resident-Investigators include individuals with health professional doctoral degrees (e.g., MD, DO, MBBS, DDS, DMD, OD, ND, DVM; with or without a research doctorate) engaged in graduate medical education consisting of advanced clinical training (herein referred to as “residency”)
Resident-Investigators are required to have a full-time appointment at the applicant institution, and to commit a minimum of 9.6 person-months (80% effort to research over 12 months) of the residency.
By the time of the appointment to the program, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e. possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Care USCIS Form 1-551, or other legal verification of such status.
The overall goal of the Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) program is to provide clinicians with in-depth research experiences early in their careers, in order to recruit, retain and accelerate independence of a pool of clinician-investigators with both clinical and research experience necessary to perform basic, clinical and/or translational research.
This FOA is intended to support Institutional programs that propose effective interactions with the residency director(s), institutional research leaders, and medical boards and optimize access to existing institutional research resources. Program Resident-Investigators identified by the institution will be health professionals with medical, dental or veterinary doctoral degrees (ie, MD, DVM, DDS, DO, MBBS, or equivalents.) with or without additional PhD degrees, with promise and interest in careers as clinician investigators.
This FOA will support Institutional Programs that propose to engage Resident-Investigators in research. Institutional Programs applications submitted in response to this FOA should be characterized by:
- Research projects that include concepts of hypothesis-based, rigorous and reproducible research, the fulfillment of discovery and achievement of designated research milestones.
- Support for Resident-Investigators for 80% of PGY salary for a minimum of one contiguous year of research and a maximum of two years during residency training.
- Support for a minimum of two and a maximum of four Resident-Investigators each year.
Institutional Programs that propose to support residents from more than one training specialty (e.g. internal medicine, pediatrics, pathology, radiology, etc) to promote cross-disciplinary interaction are strongly encouraged.
This FOA will provide support for supplementary research and professional development activities that will contribute to successful research, including:
- Research supplies and technical support, including but not limited to biostatistics consultation and/or research technician effort to complete research objectives
- Registration and material for short-term courses or workshops that provide research skills such as data science, implementation science or clinical trials, or others as necessary for the project.
- Participation in workshops on oral and written communication of research and grant writing related to the research project.
- Travel to attend scientific conferences and NIH sponsored workshops and present research findings
- Support for skill-building needed for research supervision and effective mentoring of clinician-investigators for research preceptors; preceptor skill-building should include topics such as aligning goals and expectations, effective communication, time management, mentoring for a diverse and inclusive workforce, understanding research funds flow in an academic health center, building a successful research team, job negotiation, identifying grant opportunities, navigating an IRB and/or animal protocol, as appropriate for the research project.
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