THE NIH-NINDS CNCDP-K12 AWARD APPLICATION OUTLINE

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 training at the time of application but very highly qualified candidates who are further out will be considered on a case by case basis.

Letter of Intent Due: June 1, 2017; 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 Biosketches from the candidate and mentor are also required. All documents (2 page letter of intent and biosketches) 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 15, 2017. 

CNCDP-K12 Office Inquiries & to submit Letters of Intent please contact Janette Gonzalez via email: gonzalezj@kennedykrieger.org 

Applicants must have received an invitation from Leadership to submit online final application. The Due Date: August 15, 2017, 12 midnight Eastern Standard Time Zone  

Preparing for the ONLINE Application for CNCDP-K12 Support,  the application for support from the CNCDP-K12 program consists of the following sections that are each added separately as pdf  files in the application submission form that is accessible by clicking on the “Apply Online” button above.

  • Specific Aims (1 page maximum)

Structure as for NIH R01 proposal, 2 specific aims

  • Research Plan (4 pages maximum) Prepared by the applicant

Include a discussion of the significance, innovation, and novelty of the proposed work, background information and proposed approach and methodology

(It is best for the applicant to write using the first person to distinguish her work from work by the mentor or others in the lab described in the third person)

  • Literature Cited (not part of the page limit)
  • Research Career Development Plan (3 page limit) and Mentor Statement (no limit) The applicant and mentor are jointly responsible for the career development plan. This statement should address how support from the K12 award will further the applicant’s career development in pediatric neurology research and how it will lead to a successful transition to a K08 or K23 award. A timeline is often helpful. Specifically address the following:
  • A brief summary of your career path and experience. This should include a self-appraisal of your training needs and how your mentor and mentorial committee will meet your needs (often called a gap-based plan)
  • Describe a systematic plan: (1) that shows a logical progression from prior clinical, research and training experiences to the experiences that will during the K12 award period; (2) that justifies the need for further career development; and (3) that utilizes the relevant research and educational experiences of your institution.
  • Describe the professional responsibilities/activities (including other research projects
  • Statement of Institutional Support (Chair of Department)
  • Biographical Sketch of Applicant – Click link below to download Biosketch Form
  • Biographical Sketch of Mentor(s) – Click link below to download Biosketch Form
  • Budget: 75% if scholar’s salary up to $85,000/year, + fringe benefits

               $38,000 for research related expenses including travel

               8% indirect costs

People at WorkMentor Statement: The primary mentor must provide a statement regarding his/her availability and plan for mentorship of the CNCDP Scholar, prior mentorship experience (including success of former trainees), relevant research and educational resources available within the mentor’s lab and institution, as well as his/her current research funding and commitment to provide any needed research support to the Scholar beyond what is provided by the K12 award. The description should provide a clear description of how often the mentor expects to meet with the applicant, and how the mentor envisions mentoring/training the Scholar to achieve the goal of an individual K or R award within 3 years.

Statement of Institutional Support:  This statement, to be written by the Chair of the applicant’s department, should confirm the current appointment and the guarantee that the applicant will be able to contribute 75% of full-time professional effort to the K12 award research. This statement must include a specific description of non-research responsibilities.  Clinical effort calculation should be explicit in terms of the following: 1/2 day per week is 10% effort, 1 month per year is 8% effort, on call responsibilities cannot occur during protected time for research. Vacation time must be pro-rated and cannot come exclusively from protected research time.  Additionally, the institution will be expected to guarantee a minimum of 50% protected time for research subsequent to the end of the 3 years of K12 funding, sufficient for the Scholar to submit an initial application for a K08 or K23 award and, if needed, to revise and resubmit. This can be expected to be a minimum of 18 months if revision is necessary, so the institution must state in the application that the Scholar will be guaranteed 50% protected time for at least 18 months following conclusion of the K12 funding period (the institution is released from this guarantee if the CNCDP program terminates the funding of a scholar prior to the end of the full 3 year term, or if the scholar fails to pursue research funding subsequent to the 3 year term).  Further, there needs to be a clear statement about the anticipated cost of the research, the source(s) of any funding that will be required beyond the $30,000 provided as part of the K12 award, and a commitment to provide the resources needed for successful conduct of the proposed research.

  • Biological Sketch of Mentor(s) - Click link below to download Biosketch

Biographical Sketch for Mentors and Scholars

** The scholar(s) that have been awarded will receive a secure notification by email before or on December 8, 2017. The start date July 1, 2018.  Important Tips for applicant for the CNCDP-K12

  • Deadline for submission: Tuesday August 15, 2017.
  • Apply online on www.cncdp-k12.org CLICK apply online
  • The required components of the application are listed one the site
  • Important information about the bio-sketches: mentors may use the new NIH format for their bio-sketches, applicants can use the simplified "OLD' bio-sketches format. We recommend the simple format for the applicants who may have fewer scientific contributions, but mentors do not have the change from the format they are currently using. 
  • Uploading the application materials: we modified the labels for uploading the application material because there was no label for " research career plan" This is fixed now and the area for the Research Career Plan now says: "Research Career Plan (page limit) and Mentor Statement (no limit)
  • Budget: A budget is not necessary, but the Chairman's statement should state that 75% of time will be available for research. The grant will pay a maximum of the $85,000 per year for three years. The $38,000 that is allowed for supplies, travel and other expenses does not need to  be allocated in the grant. Our office will contact the grants office of successful applicants after the funding decision has been made to allocate the funds via a subcontract.
  • Mentors a strong  letter of support from the primary mentor who has at track record of R01 or equivalent NIH Grants and the time and willingness to provide continuous mentor-ship is needed. The primary mentor should mention if there will be other mentors, and letters from them are welcome, but additional mentors are not required and there is no limit to the number of mentors. 
  • Problems with submitting your applications on website please contact Janette Gonzalez or Dr. Michael Johnston via email or phone