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National Institute of Mental Health

CHIPS New Investigators:

Training and Career

Development Opportunities

in Mental Health Research

Division of Services and Interventions Research (DSIR)

 Enid Light, Ph.D.


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Career Development Support at NIMH: The Elephant in the Room

  • There are many areas such as child mental health interventions and services research where there are severe shortages of researchers in certain sub- areas of science


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Say It Again!!

  • There are many areas where there are critical and growing shortages of well trained researchers vital to the nation’s mental health research needs.

  • Research training at NIH and the NIMH will continue in these core areas …..


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One Thing Is Sure

  • If you do not submit an application there is 100% certainty that it will not be funded


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Diversify Your Funding Portfolio

  • Federal Funding (NIMH/NIH*, DOD, DOE, NIJ)

  • Large Private Foundations (NARSAD, RWJ, Hartford etc.)

  • Small and Local Private Foundations

  • University Seed Grants

  • State and local government funds

  • For profit organizations


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Be Aware of Pros and Cons

  • Be aware that there are pros and cons to obtaining funding from different sources

  • Some are easy to spot e.g., ethics of doing drug research for the pharmaceutical industry, others more difficult (e.g., building up a research portfolio in an area tangential to your real research interests because of $ availability/doing evaluation vs. research)


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Selecting the Right Mechanism from NIMH

  • Read Announcement on the web

  • Advice from colleagues /mentors

  • Speak with NIMH/NIH Project officers


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Finding the Right Grant Mechanism

  • Match where you are in your career (pre-doc, post-doc, new faculty member)

  • Match the type or research (basic, clinical or patient oriented, translational, services, quantitative)

  • Match what types of resources you need ($, time,training etc)

  • Match qualifications/eligibility


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National Institute of Mental HealthResearch Training and Career Development Timetable

Approx. Stage of Research

Training and Development

Mechanism of Support

Predoctoral Institutional Training Grant (T32)

GRADUATE/

MEDICAL

STUDENT

Predoctoral Individual NRSA (F31)

Predoctoral Individual MD/PhD NRSA (F30)

Postdoctoral Institutional Training Grant (T32)

Postdoctoral Individual NRSA (F32)

POST

DOCTORAL/

CLINICAL

RESIDENCY

Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)

Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08)

Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)

Scientist Development Award for New Minority Faculty (K01)

B/Start (R03)

EARLY

Small Grant (R03)

Research Project Grant (R01)

Independent Scientist Award (K02)

MIDDLE

CAREER

Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24)

Senior Scientist Award (K05)

SENIOR

NIMH: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/grants/training.cfm


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You Are Here!

Career Development

*K01,K22,K23,K08,K25 (Mentored Career Development)

*Minority Supplements

Research Grants

*B/START

  • R01, R34, R03

    Other Opportunities

    *Loan Repayment Program


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NIH Loan Repayment Programs

  • http://www.lrp.nih.gov/

  • Next cycle opens Sept. 1, 2005

  • NIH_LPR List SERV


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Benefits of NIH LRP

In exchange for a 2 yr commitment to your research career the NIH:

  • Will pay up to 35k per year for your qualified educational debt

  • Will pay up to 39% of repayment for Federal taxes

  • May reimburse state taxes that result from these payments


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Loan Repayment Programs

  • Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program

  • Clinical Research LRP for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

  • Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program

  • Pediatric Loan Repayment Program

  • Contraception and Infertility LRP


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Five Quick Checks for Eligibility

  • Doctoral-level degree

  • Government research funding (Fed/state/local) or domestic nonprofit research

  • US citizenship or permanent residency

  • Non-Federal government job

  • Qualified educational debt (pay attention to fine print)


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LRP Programs

  • Same Benefits

  • Same Core Qualifying Criteria

  • Research and Review Criteria Tailored to Announcement (essentially the same)

  • Success Rates in FY2004 very similar –e.g. approximately 50% new submissions funded and around 80% renewals refunded


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Overall Review Criteria

  • Appropriateness of previous training and experience

  • Suitability of proposed research activities

  • Assessment of commitment to research career based on goals/plan

  • Recommendations

  • Availability of appropriate scientific colleagues

  • Quality and appropriateness of institutional resources and facilities


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Popular Program

  • Submissions are up

  • Pediatric applications went from 204 (2002) to over 500 (2004)

  • Clinical research applications are up to 1188



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What Are They?

Mentored Career Development Awards are Meant for Basic and Clinical Research Scientist Who are in the Initial Phases of Establishing Their Research Careers and Who need to Pursue an Additional Period of Supervised Career Development Beyond Postdoctoral Training in Order to Become an Independent Scientific Investigators


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Possible Career Development Application

  • If you need substantial training and career development to answer both the specific question and to pursue your overall research program, a career development mechanism may be appropriate

  • Statistics training does not rise to the level of “substantial” unless you are planning to be a biostatistician


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Mentored Career Development Awards (Mentored - Ks)

K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award

K01 Scientist Development Award for New Minority Faculty

K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award

K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Development Award

K25 Mentored Qualitative Research Career Development

K22 NIMH Transition to Independence


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What Are the Requirements?

  • Duration: 3-5 years

  • Minimum Research Effort: 75%

  • Renewability: None

  • Support: Salary + Research

    (Up to $90K + Up to $50K- NIMH)


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Who Can Apply?

  • US Citizen, Non-Citizen National, or Permanent Resident

  • Research Doctoral Degree (K01)

  • Clinical Doctoral Degree (K01/K08/K23)

  • Current PI of PHS Career Development (K) and Research (R) Awards Ineligible

  • Former PI of PHS Career Development (K) and Research (R) Awards Ineligible (Except R03, R21)


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K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award

Provides a mentored research experience for research scientists who need to gain additional expertise in a new research area, or one in which an additional supervised research experience will substantially add to the research capabilities of the applicant


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K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award

Provides a Mentored Research Experience for Clinically-Trained Professionals to Establish Independent Careers in Basic and/or Clinical Research


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K01 Scientist Development Award for New Minority Faculty

Provides New Minority Faculty Members with the Necessary Time and Assistance Early in Their Academic Careers to Initiate a Program of Research that will Facilitate Their Transition to Research Independence

Commitment of a full-time faculty position


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K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award

Provides a Mentored Research Experience

for Clinically Trained Professionals to

Establish Independent Careers Focusing

on Patient-Oriented Clinical Research


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K22 Transition to Independence Award

  • Initial training at NIMH Intramural Research Program (up to 3 years)

  • Transition to independent research at domestic US extramural program (up to 2 years)


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How are They Reviewed? Award

  • Candidate: Commitment to and Potential as an Independent Investigator

  • Career Development Plan: Scientific Development

  • Research Plan: Vehicle for Developing & Enhancing Research Skills

  • Mentor: Qualifications and Commitment

  • Institutional: Commitment


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Research Supplements to Promote Diversity and Supplements to Promote Reentry into Biomedical and Behavioral Science

*Supplements supported to eligible research grants

*Like a “mini K” award

*NIMH has specific guidelines for submission and review that are posted to the NIMH web-site

**Apply early in the fiscal year!


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Reentry Highlights Promote Reentry into Biomedical and Behavioral Science

  • Up to 3 years support

  • Part(50%+)/full time

  • Enhance/update research skills lost during an interruption to research from 1-8 years. Left active research with doctoral level research staff or faculty position and doctoral degree

  • Application about 4 pages


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Review Criteria for Supplements Promote Reentry into Biomedical and Behavioral Science

  • Qualifications of candidate

  • Plan for research experience

  • Evidence from PI experience w/enhance research potential

  • Evidence that activities are integral part of project

  • Evidence of candidates effort to initiate reentry

  • Evidence of adequate mentoring

  • Evidence that research will achieve objectives


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Diversity Supplements Promote Reentry into Biomedical and Behavioral Science

  • Individuals in Postdoctoral Training

  • Investigators Developing Independent Research Careers


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Investigator Level Promote Reentry into Biomedical and Behavioral Science

  • Short-term: Support to faculty members to conduct full-time research 3-5 months a year during the summer or other portion of the academic year over a maximum of 4 years

  • Long-term: Support is usually provided for up to 2-years at a minimum of 75 % effort during each 12-month period


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What Determines Which Supplement Awards Are Made? Promote Reentry into Biomedical and Behavioral Science

  • Supplements are like “Mini-K Awards”

  • Review Criteria Include the following: candidate, career development plan, research plan, relationship to parent grant, mentorship plan and previous history of mentoring by sponsor

  • Overall factors include scientific merit, program considerations, availability of funds


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Research Awards (R03) Promote Reentry into Biomedical and Behavioral Science

NIMH Behavioral Science Track Award for

Rapid Transition (B/START)

Designed to facilitate the entry of newly independent investigators into behavioral science research by supporting small scale, exploratory projects or for a project that entails relatively novel research approaches


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NIMH Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition (B/START)

  • Duration of support- 1 year

  • Does not require a mentor

  • Research support- Up to $50,000

  • Non-renewable

  • Pages- 7 (1 page intro for revised applications)

  • Relatively rapid turn around

Provisions


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Further Highlights of B/START (B/START)

  • Eligibility restricted to newly independent investigators (limited pool)

  • Small scale exploratory/pilot research– application must be tight and demonstrate that it is feasible

  • Dates June 1, Feb 1, Oct 1 (submission and resub)

  • Awards are made to individuals


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