DOM Support for Early Career Investigators

During the Covid-19 pandemic, faculty investigators were forced to pause their research programs, resulting in delays in conducting experiments and studies that lead to publication or provide preliminary data for grants. Extension of the tenure or term clock where applicable is a first step to compensating for this interruption. Mentorship and increased attention to career development will be critical to enabling investigators to get back on track. Lastly, gap funding is needed to offset continued expenses during a period of decreased research productivity.

The purpose of this RFP to provide a mechanism of support for Early Career Investigators whose research careers have been affected by Covid-19. The DOM will provide $50,000 for salary support to extend active Mentored Career Development Awards for six months (six months will be added on to the end of an active Career Development Award).

This RFP requires that the faculty member’s Division Head agrees to protect 75% time for research career development after the Mentored Career Development Award ends. Faculty members must first apply for NIH continuity supplement NOT-OD-20-054 if they are eligible. NIH funding through these mechanisms may serve in lieu of the DOM support. Applications are due January 15, 2021.

Eligibility criteria:

Mentored Career Development Awards must be active or in no cost extension

  • K01, K08, K22, K23, K76, and BIRCWH Awardees
  • K99/R00 Awardees
  • Other mentored Career Development Awards that provide >50% protected research time
  • Early Career Investigators with second tier funding (e.g. DP1, DP2, DP5, R01, R15, R21, R35, RF1,U01, DOM OECSP, and RPG equivalents) are not eligible for this RFP
  • Faculty with a primary appointment in the Department of Medicine

Supplemental DOM Support Application Form

To qualify for this support, please fill out the application form below about your Career Development Award. You must have an active award (including awards in no cost extensions), an active mentorship committee, and your division head must commit to provide 75% protected research time during the six-month extension.

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