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FAQs for NIBIB Supplements to NCATS CTSA Programs for Translational Research Teams of Quantitative Researchers and Clinician-Scientists (Admin Supp)

Program Announcement: PA-18-426

What are the qualifications for the quantitative researcher and clinician scientist?
The quantitative research must hold a doctoral degree (or equivalent degree) in the computational or physical sciences, and currently hold the position of tenure track or research track assistant professor or similar faculty position. The clinician-scientist must hold an M.D. or M.D./Ph.D.  (or equivalent degree) and have a demonstrated interest in conducting translational research. Both candidates must have faculty appointments from the same actively awarded CTSA or partnering institution.

Will the clinician-scientist be supported by the FOA?
The clinician-scientist is expected to be appointed to an actively funded KL2 program at the time of application or a plan should be included in the institutional letter of commitment to appoint them to the program if the supplement is funded.

What costs are covered under this supplement?
NIBIB will contribute up to $170,000 in direct costs for the quantitative researcher. Costs include $120,000 for salary and $50,000 for other direct costs such as tuition and fees, research expenses, travel to research meetings and workshops, and statistical services.

Does the quantitative researcher need to be appointed to the NCATS KL2 program?
The quantitative researcher cannot be appointed to an existing KL2 program at the time of the application but will be appointed if the supplement is funded.

Can either candidates have other NIH grants?
Candidates who have had or currently hold R01s, P01, P50s, K awards, NIBIB R21 trailblazers, and their sub-projects or equivalent grants are not eligible. Current and former PD/PIs of R03s, R21s, R36s, or any SBIR/STTR remain eligible.

Are mentors required for this supplement?
Yes, at least one basic sciences and one clinical mentor are required for the research team.

Do proposed projects require the involvement of both the quantitative researcher and the clinician-scientist?
Yes, both candidates must make significant contributions to the proposed research project.

What letters of support are required for the application?
Applications must include letter of support from the institution that outlines their commitment to the supplement project and appointment of the clinician-scientist to the KL2 program. Applications must also include letters of support from the KL2 program director(s), the research team mentor(s), collaborator(s), and any relevant department chairs and facility director(s).

For further information contact:

Zeynep Erim
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
Telephone: (301) 451-4797