K12 Scholars Program

May 2023 Call for Applicants

K12 Application Instructions

In May 2023, the ICTS was granted a new 5-year K12 Career Development Award designed to identify and train outstanding junior faculty campus-wide who seek a career in clinical and translational research.   

The goal is for K12 scholars to develop a successful clinical and translational research career and become independently competitive for NIH K- or R- awards.  

K12 scholars program objectives

  1. Recruit and train outstanding scholars who will be engaged in an individualized curriculum and in mentored health care research up to a three-year period in this multidisciplinary, multicultural K12 program;
  2. Enhance the mentoring environment for translational research scholars through a robust program for both mentors and mentees built on the National Research Mentoring Network training platform; and
  3. Provide a highly focused mentored research experience that fosters scholars’ successful transition to independence and continued engagement as leaders of translational health care teams.

The K12 Scholars Program provides 75% salary support up to $85K. The Scholar’s home department must guarantee a 3rd year of salary support at 75% effort should the Scholar not obtain independent funding by the end of Year 2.

The ICTS is seeking qualified applicants from the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Public Health, Engineering, and Arts & Sciences.  Applications from diverse populations are strongly encouraged.

K12 scholar eligibility

  • Candidates for the K12 Scholar program are early career faculty (1st-3rd year as an Assistant Professor or written commitment to be appointed as an Assistant Professor within 1 year of commencing the K12 program) who have a professional doctoral degree or are completing postdoctoral training with an impending academic appointment that is not contingent on receipt of a K12 award. K12 Scholars will be recruited from a wide range of health professions and related fields, including all specialties of medicine and surgery, nursing, psychology and other behavioral sciences, dentistry, pharmacy, pharmacology, epidemiology, biostatistics, allied health sciences, health services research, biomedical engineering, and other postdoctoral professions. All applicants must have evidence of strong academic achievement and scholarship, as well as personal attributes such as a strong work ethic and integrity.
  • Applicants must be US citizens or non-citizen nationals, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-155) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident. Applications will be accepted from persons whose residence application is pending, but the residency requirement must be met prior to receiving a K12 award. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be able to commit at least 75% of full-time professional effort to this Career Development Program and its related clinical/translational science research activities (50% effort may be permitted for surgeons).

A letter from the Scholar’s Department Chair guaranteeing a 3rd year of salary support at 75% effort should the Scholar not obtain independent funding by the end of Year 2 will be required.

  • Applicants who are dually employed by the University of Iowa and the VA may be restricted from the K12 Scholar award, depending upon the extent of commitment (percent effort) to the VA. Federal salaries cannot be considered part of the required 75% K12 institutional commitment.
  • Applicants must not be, or have been, a principal investigator on an R01 award or a project leader on a subproject of a Program Project (P01), Center (P50, P60, U54) grant, or other equivalent research grant award. Applicants may also not have another mentored research career development (K-series) grant application under consideration at the time they receive a K12. Eligible applicants may have received prior support on an Institutional or Individual NRSA grant (F or T) or NIH small grant (R03, R21).
  • Please note that NIH rules preclude individuals funded by the K12 program from receiving additional federal funds for the portion of effort not covered by the K12 program.
  • If a candidate has already applied for another career development award (including a Federal K) please consult with the K12 staff regarding the timing of submissions. 

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