The Translational Research Scholars Program fosters translational research among our outstanding early career faculty in the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The School of Medicine, through this program, invests in the research and career development of each Scholar. The primary goal of this program is to facilitate successful early career faculty in pursuing new lines of exploration and to elevate and expand the scope of their translational research. This program is intended to help our most successful young faculty who have already demonstrated a high level of achievement substantially advance their careers in translational research.
Scholars must have a research program focused on translational research. For the purposes of the RFA, we define translational research as a “Bench to Bedside” or “Bedside to Bench” approach to investigation. Translational research includes the application of scientific discoveries made in the laboratory to new treatments and approaches to medical care that improve human health, and the use of biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, genetics, and genomics-based approaches to understand basic mechanisms that drive human disease. Early career faculty with a primary appointment in all Departments in the School of Medicine with a research program focused on translational research are eligible to apply.
Translational Research Scholars will be expected to commit 75% of their effort to scholarly activities in translational research. The award is not limited to a specific research project or scholarly activity. The Translational Research Scholars Program will provide each Scholar with $75,000 annually for up to 4 years. These funds may only be used to support the career development, research, or innovative work of the Scholar. These funds cannot be used to support or supplement the Scholar’s salary. Progress will be evaluated yearly.