Information for Applicants for the Child Neurologist Career Development Program (CNCDP-K12)Team Photo

Guidelines for Letter of Intent:

Submit all LOI's to Email: CNCDP-K12@kennedykrieger.org

Due date by June 4th, 2018; Letter of Intent must be a two page letter of intent from the applicant should include a 1 page statement of intent to apply (including the title of the proposal, date of completion of clinical training, name of the institution and mentor for the CNCDP project, and brief career development plan), and a 1 page preliminary Specific Aims for the proposed project. If the candidate has previously submitted an application to the CNCDP for a similar project, please identify the ways in which the application has been changed/strengthened since the prior submission.  NIH format Bio sketches from the candidate and mentor are also required. All documents (2 page letter of intent and bio-sketches) should be merged into a single PDF and submitted as one document.  Following review of the LOIs by the National Advisory Executive Committee, successful candidates will be invited to submit a complete Final Application.  All candidates must be United States citizens or permanent resident with a green card at the time of submission of the application on August 3rd, 2018. All applications can be submitted online on the APPLICATION PAGE

For any questions, please email CNCDP-K12@kennedykrieger.org

Goal of the Program: The overarching goal of the program is to train talented young child neurologists with a strong interest in research how to become productive in their chosen field and publish outstanding scientific papers that will make a national and international impact on the field. The scholars will learn how to become independent scientifically and will also become careful researchers  who will  follow the basic principles needed to produce science that is valid, ethical, transparent, and reproducible. They will also learn how to compete successfully to achieve funding by NIH and other agencies so that they can support a long term, independent  research career during which they can become outstanding mentors themselves.

Eligibility for the CNCDP-K12 Award: This career development award is intended for pediatric neurologists who seek a three year period of intensive, clinically relevant basic and/or patient-oriented research after completion of clinical training. Candidates must be less than 5 years out from the completion of clinical training at the time of application but very highly qualified candidates who are further out will be considered on a case by case basis.

Candidates must have an appointment as an Instructor or Assistant Professor in an academically oriented department of Neurology and/or Pediatric Neurology in the United States which is capable of providing mentorship by outstanding research mentors in  medical  educational and research institutions with well-established research infrastructure.  Unlike the NSADA  (Neurological  Sciences  Academic Development Award)  which this CNCDP-K12 replaces, training in the CNCDP program can take place at any qualified institution, rather than at a small number of pre-approved institutions. Another difference from the NSADA award is that there is no limit on the number of candidates who can apply from a single institution.

The CNCDP-K12  program  will recruit applications from eligible candidates and institutions, and selected scholars will proceed with their career development and research plan at their home institution, with a local mentor or mentoring team. Candidates will also have the option of moving to another institution for the period of research training, and this relationship must be explained both in the candidate’s research plan and the mentor’s section. An active program for recruitment of minority applicants has been developed.

Scholars who are accepted into the program will have the opportunity to participate in an active mentoring program aimed at fostering their scientific progress. They will  have the benefit of periodic on-site and web-based mentoring sessions from members of the SAC and program staff.  All new scholars will have a live site visit by a member of the SAC and/or program staff to the scholar’s institution within the first three months after award. The visitor will meet with the scholars and local mentors, visit laboratories and other research facilities and  meet with the department chair to confirm in writing that 75% time will be available for research throughout the 3 years of the program.

Scholars will also attend mandatory annual CNCDP-K12 retreats to present their research before an audience of fellow scholars, mentors, members of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)  and program and NIH staff. These sessions will also include keynote talks by successful clinician-scientists, as well as didactic talks on research ethics, diversity in the child neurology research community and rigor, transparency and bio-statistics and experimental design. Although the retreat in 2018, will be held in association with the Child Neurology Society Meeting, future retreats may be held in other venues to foster the focus on research in  a collegial environment. Scholars in the remaining positions in the NSADA program will join the CNCDP-K12 scholars in the yearly retreats and other joint activities.

Budget: The award will provide  salary up to up to $85,000/year for 75% effort  per year plus fringe benefits and $38,000 per year for research related expenses including travel for a total of 3 years. The indirect rate is 8%. Funds are provided through a subcontract with the CNCDP-K12 program office.

Child Neurologists wishing to apply for the award beginning July 1st, 2019 should submit a non-binding letter of intent by June 4th, 2018 stating their intent to apply, date of completion of clinical training, the name of the institution and mentor, and the title of the proposal.

Mandatory Live Interviews will occur during the 2018 Retreat before the 47th Annual Child Neurology Society Meeting in Chicago.  Applications submitted by August 3rd, 2018, will be screened to determine if the applicant  is eligible for the program, and all  applicants will be notified of this decision. Candidates who pass the screening will be invited to travel to Chicago to the Child Neurology Society Meeting to attend and engage with members of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the CNCDP-K12. The members  of  the  CNCDP  Steering Committee, SAC and Counselors are listed below. Care will be taken to have interviews conducted so that there is  no  conflict  of interest present, for example the candidate’s previous chairs, training directors or research mentors will be excluded.  The CNCDP-K12 program office will provide support for travel and hotel expenses for candidates to attend the interviews in Chicago.  It may be appropriate for the candidate’s home institution to provide some travel support.


The annual retreat will be in Chicago prior to the Child Neurology Society Meeting.  The retreat is scheduled for 3 full days, October 12th - 14th, 2018.

Current CNCDP and NSADA scholars will present their research and new applicants will be interviewed. It is expected that current scholars and new applicants attend all three days of the Retreat.

Members of the CNCDP Steering Committee: Michael V. Johnston, MD, PI and Director; Amy Brooks-Kayal, MD, Co-Director; Barry Kosofsky, MD, PhD, Co-Director; Erika Augustine, MD, Diversity Officer.(Members of the steering committee will not vote on the selection of the candidates to be funded, but may interview candidates)

Members of the CNCDP Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and Counselors: Heather J. Fullerton, MD, MAS; Jonathan W. Mink, MD, PhD; Brenda Porter, MD, PhD;  Bradley L. Schlaggar, MD, PhD; Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD; William T. Dauer, MD; J. Michael Dean, MD, MBA; William D. Gaillard, MD; Karen C. Johnston, MD, MSC; Scott L. Pomeroy, MD, PhD; Michael B. Robinson, PhD; Carl E. Stafstrom, MD, PhD; Kevin J. Staley, MD; David G. Standaert, MD, PhD; Huda Zoghbi, MD; William B. Dobyns, MD; Solomon L. Moshe, MD; Jack Parent, MD, PhD; Gihan Tennekoon, MD. (Members of the SAC and Counselors may interview candidates and vote on funding of candidates at meetings of the SAC. Counselors are alternate members of the SAC.

Key Features of the CNCDP-K12

  • Scholars must be appointed to the faculty of their Institution and all candidates must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a green card at
    the time of submission of the application on August 3rd, 2018.
  • A minimum of 75% of the scholar'S time must be protected for research.
  • Budget Includes salary up to $85,000 per year plus fringe benefits and $38,000 per year for research related expenses Including travel for a total of 3 years. Indirect rate is 8%. Funds are provided through a subcontract with the CNCDP-K12 program office.
  • Continued funding is dependent on scholarly progress .
  • The goal of the program is for the scholar to undertake a significant research project that can be coordinated with the scholar'S clinical activity and prepares the scholar for an Individual career development award such as a K08 or similar award.

The research project must fit In with the NINDS mission: to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease.

  • Continued funding is dependent on the scholar’s project and support can be withdrawn if progress is not satisfactory.
  • Candidates must gain a comprehensive appreciation of the principles of experimental design, statistics, and scientific rigor as presented in http://www.ninds.nih.gov/funding/transparency_in-reporting_guidance.pdf.
  • Scholars must receive all required education and certification for use of animals In research and/or human subjects as appropriate to their research project, to be provided by the home institution.
  • Scholars will be expected to write a K award to be submitted for funding before or within 6 months of the end of their third year of CNCDP·K12 research support.
  • Assuming scholars have been productive and competed for federal research support, Institutions will be required to support them up to an additional 18 months of salary to enable scholars to continue to have a minimum of 50% protected time during that period to resubmit a K award if necessary.