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CTSI K-Bridge Award 2019-20
Deadline: June 17, 2019 12:00 PM

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UCLA CTSI K Bridge Award 2019-20

Request for Applications (RFA)

Important Dates

Application due date: June 17, 2019 by 5:00 PM
Award notification: end of June 2019
Funding period: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020

The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is pleased to announce the K Bridge Award for highly qualified junior faculty who conduct mentored, interdisciplinary, patient-oriented research. Eligible junior faculty at one of the four UCLA CTSI institutions are invited to apply for a one-time bridge award for up to $50,000 from the CTSI over 12 months to support research and career development across the spectrum of translational science but requires equal matching funds from their home institution(s)/department(s) for a total award up to $100,000.

This bridge funding is specifically intended to help junior faculty who have submitted a NIH K award grant (mentored career development scientist award) within the last 12 months and have received competitive scores on their proposal. This funding will support the faculty member and provide additional time for productivity as they strengthen their proposal for resubmission. This program emphasizes systems biology, clinical pharmacology and translational, community-partnered interventions to prepare trainees for interdisciplinary team science in all populations, across the life cycle. Diseases that disproportionately affect minority populations are a particular focus.

Who May Apply
Applicants must:
  • Be a junior faculty, including clinical instructors and assistant professors, at one of the four UCLA CTSI institutions (Cedars-Sinai, Charles R. Drew, LA BioMed at Harbor-UCLA, and UCLA Westwood) seeking a career in interdisciplinary, translational research.
  • Have a doctoral-level research or professional degree. Candidates should have the potential to lead excellent interdisciplinary teams and to become outstanding translational science investigators who will make an important impact on health.
  • Be the Principal Investigator (PI) on a recently submitted (in the last 12 months) and reviewed early career NIH K award (K01, K02, K07, K08, K22, K23, K25, K76 and K99/R00) application that was scored but not funded. If you applied for the 2019 CTSI KL2 Award, you are not eligible.
  • Be eligible for NIH K funding.
  • Commit a minimum of 75% full-time professional effort to conduct research.
  • Not have received an equivalent NIH K, K12/KL2 or other equivalent career development award.
  • Plan to resubmit the NIH K application in response to the review within the next 12 months.
The Award

CTSI K Bridge Scholars will receive up to 12 months of funding up to $100,000 (CTSI and department matching funds), which may include salary, fringe benefits, research-related support, career development/tuition, and conference travel. Scholars may receive bridge funding until receipt of an individual NIH K award (or equivalent grant from the Veterans Administration or foundation), whichever comes first.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to select K Bridge Scholars:

  • SCORED but unfunded NIH K applications (excluding K12/KL2) submitted in the last 12 months with addressable concerns
  • Quality and innovation of the research proposed for the award period.
  • Need for career development funding.
  • Research productivity and academic performance to date.
  • Proposed training environment and mentorship team.
Application Packet

Please CLICK HERE to submit your online application packet by 5:00 PM on June 17, 2019 to include the following required items:

  1. A copy of the most recently submitted K grant application materials on Standard Forms SF424 (R&R).
  2. NIH Summary Statement.
  3. Current NIH Biosketch.
  4. Detailed K Bridge budgets (using Form Page 4) for the funds requested. Please prepare two separate budgets and justifications as follows:
    1. CTSI budget: up to $50,000 (direct costs)
    2. Department matching funds budget: up to $50,000 (direct costs)
  5. Letter of support from department chair or division chief to commit equal matching funds.

For questions, please contact the CTSI Workforce Development Program at CTSIWD@mednet.ucla.edu.

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