Faculty Career Development Awards

UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP)

The Resource Allocation Program (RAP) provides a variety of UCSF funding opportunities, including these sponsored by CTSI:

UCSF Institutional Career Development Awards (K12)

CTSI KL2 Clinical Research Career Development Awards. Faculty Scholars are chosen each year to pursue clinical and translational research projects for 3-5 years with training and mentoring. The program includes a master's degree in clinical research for those who do not have such training, a supportive environment, modest financial resources, and access to core faculty who provide expertise and guidance in research design, measurement and questionnaire design, study coordination, data management, biostatistical analysis, and scientific writing.

AHRQ K12 PARTNERS Program. PARTNERS (PATIENT CENTERED OUTCOMES RESEARCH: Applied Research TraNsforming Engaged Real-world Systems) is a collaboration between the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI), the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH). It is designed to train clinician-researchers for the effective generation and uptake of patient centered outcomes research (PCOR). Scholars will receive two years of salary and research support and are expected to dedicate at least 75% effort to the program.

Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH). The UCSF Women's Health Clinical Research Center and the Division of Research (DOR) at Kaiser Permanente sponsor BIRCWH, an NIH K12 supported program to train junior faculty to be successful, independent clinical and translational investigators in women's health.

Women's Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Center. The UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences offers a mentored, structured scholarship program of two years duration in basic or clinical research training for physicians who have completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. The program includes course work, immersion into a vibrant academic research community, and "hands-on" research experience. It gives Scholars the ability to be productive, independent and funded junior faculty members, and ultimately to lead rewarding, successful and productive academic careers.

Neurological Sciences Academic Development Award (NSADA). The UCSF Division of Child Neurology offers child neurologists an opportunity to train in basic or clinical research in preparation for an academic career. The overall theme is "Mechanisms of neurological diseases presenting in infancy and childhood: phenotype-genotype correlations." The 3-year program offers rigorous basic and translational scientific training to young investigators skilled at recognizing the phenotypes of complex childhood neurological diseases. It allows the individual to pursue didactic training in clinical research or laboratory methodology and provides time in a structured setting with a chosen mentor. Contact Donna Ferriero MD, Program Director.

Men's Reproductive Health Research (MRHR) . This K12 program will train investigators and physicians who have completed residency or fellowship training and who are interested in clinical, translational, epidemiologic or basic scientific research. Research topics include hormone problems, sexual dysfunction, erectile dysfunction, infertility, stem cell technology, sexually transmitted diseases and testis cancer. Contact Thomas Walsh MD.

Reproductive Scientist Development Program. Established in 1988 to train obstetrician-gynecologists committed to academic investigative careers in fundamental biomedical science; the program is committed to the development of a new generation of young scientists who will become the interpreters of the latest advances in biomedical science to the clinical practice of obstetrics and gynecology.

Multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research (KURe) Career Development Program. The KURe program seeks to recruit a group of talented junior faculty from diverse disciplines who are interested in pursuing careers in the study of benign urological diseases. This UCSF K12 encourages both clinically trained physicians in urology and related fields, and scholars from outside the field of urology to submit an application. The intent of the KURe program is to bring into the field of urology expertise in basic research, clinical sciences, epidemiology and biostatistics, and the physical sciences. KURe scholars will receive career development training and support to develop the skills necessary to become outstanding independent investigators able to lead multidisciplinary research teams. Successful scholars will ultimately use the program to obtain NIH research funding and tenure track or equivalent academic positions.

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NIH Faculty Career Development Awards

See NIH Career Development Awards for in depth information. The NIH institutes and centers implement these awards in different ways. In the early stages of application preparation, all candidates should contact the prospective NIH awarding institute.

Contact Current UCSF K Awardees. UCSF faculty writing an application for a K award may wish to talk with a UCSF faculty member with a successful application for one of these career development awards (see links below to tables listing current awardees and their research abstracts).

Mentored Awards

K01. The purpose of the Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) is to provide support and "protected time" (three, four, or five years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence. (See K01 Table of UCSF awardees.)

K07. The Academic Career Award supports individuals interested in introducing or improving curricula in a particular scientific field as a means of enhancing the educational or research capacity at the grantee institution. Support for development activities (NIA, NIAAA, NCCAM, and ODS) is designed for more junior candidates who are interested in developing academic and research expertise. In addition, NCI's Cancer Prevention, Control, Behavioral, and Population Sciences Career Development Award provides support to individuals with health professional or science doctoral degrees who are not fully established investigators and who want to pursue research careers in the cancer prevention, control, population, and/or behavioral sciences. (See K07 Table of UCSF awardees.)

K08. The purpose of the Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award is to support the development of outstanding clinician research scientists. This mechanism provides specialized study for individuals with a health professional doctoral degree committed to a career in laboratory or field-based research. (See K08 Table of UCSF awardees.)

K23. The purpose of the Mentored Patient-Oriented Research (POR) Career Development Award is to support the career development of investigators who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research. This mechanism provides support for three to five years of supervised study and research for clinically trained professionals who have the potential to develop into productive, clinical investigators focusing on patient-oriented research. (See K23 Table of UCSF awardees.)

NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. The NIH allows Principal Investigators holding specific types of NIH research grants to apply for funds for administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the research workforce by supporting and recruiting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented. (See Diversity Supplement Table of UCSF awardees.)

Mid-Level Faculty Awards

K02. The Independent Scientist Award provides support for newly independent scientists who can demonstrate the need for a period of intensive research focus as a means of enhancing their research careers. This award is often used as a "bridge" grant between a mentored career award (K23) and a R01. (See K02 Table of UCSF awardees.)

K07. The Academic Career Award is used by the NIH Institutes and Centers to support individuals interested in introducing or improving curricula in a particular scientific field as a means of enhancing the educational or research capacity at the grantee institution. Support for leadership activities (NIA, NIAAA, NCCAM, and ODS) is designed for more senior individuals who are interested in improving the curricula and enhancing the research capacity within an academic institution. (See K07 Table of UCSF awardees.)

K22. The Career Transition Award is intended to facilitate the transition of investigators from the mentored to the independent stage of their careers by providing "protected time" for newly independent investigators to develop and receive support for their initial research programs. This award is often used as a "bridge" grant between a mentored career award (K23) and a R01. (No current UCSF K22 awards.)

K24. Midcareer Investigator Award In Patient-Oriented Research Development of clinical mentors conducting funded research. The purpose of the Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research is to provide support for clinician investigators to allow them protected time to devote to patient-oriented research (POR) and to act as research mentors primarily for clinical residents, clinical fellows and/or junior clinical faculty. This award is primarily intended for clinician investigators who are at the Associate Professor level and who have an established record of independent, peer-reviewed Federal or private research grant funding in POR. (See K24 Table of UCSF awardees.)

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Other Career Development Awards

Assist us with expanding our listing of Other Career Development Awards. If you are aware of awards not included here, please forward that information to the CTST Office.

Veterans Affairs Career Development Awards. VA R&D offers various opportunities for professional development, including Capacity Building/Career Development, Merit Review and the Research Awards Program.

Burke Family Global Health Faculty (BFGH) Award. Co-sponsored by UCSF Global Health Sciences, this opportunity aims to attract junior faculty members to enhance and expand GHS education, research or action initiatives. One faculty member will be selected to receive a three-year award.

Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Program (co-sponsored by NIA) is dedicated to foster the independent research careers of clinically trained investigators whose research and leadership are enhancing the health and quality of life of Americans, particularly older people.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholars Program. Junior faculty receive support to enhance their skills and productivity through institutional and national mentoring, protected time, and research experience.

Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). This program supports junior faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed in clinical, translational and basic science research. Applicants (and their mentors) apply directly to the program.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Clinical Scientist Awards in Translational Research. The program's goal is to foster the development and productivity of established independent physician-scientists who will strengthen translational research through their own studies as well as by mentoring physician-scientist trainees.

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