CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The Directors of the NIH grant Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women' Health (BIRCWH) at the University of Kentucky are seeking applications from outstanding junior faculty interested in participating in this research training program focused on either
Junior faculty members who are interested in developing research in either of these two areas are encouraged to submit an application. Presently one position is open. Past scholars have come from a range of colleges including Arts and Sciences, Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, Nursing Medicine, and Health Sciences. Candidates for these positions must have a terminal professional degree, such as an MD, DMD, RN/PhD, PharmD, or PhD equivalent.
Applications for this call for proposals are accepted through August 22, 2016. Due to NIH guidelines, the Department may be required to provide matching support. Information on the application process can be found at: http://www.mc.uky.edu/bircwh/
WHAT IS THE BIRCWH?
The Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health Program (BIRCWH) is an NIH supported grant awarded to the College of Medicine to provide career development and mentoring opportunities for junior faculty interested in research related to women's health or sex differences in health outcomes. The University of Kentucky was among the first universities to receive this NIH BIRCWH training grant and has been consistently funded since 2000.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF BIRCWH?
The goals of the program are to:
WHAT ARE AREAS OF FOCUS FOR UK BIRCWH SCHOLARS?
While we are interested in applications from junior faculty that addresses sex or gender differences in health/disease or women’s health, BIRCWH program leaders have expertise in the following areas:
The BIRCWH grant is designed for junior faculty members who have the potential to establish their own funded research program. Candidates must be U.S. 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-55) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.
At the time support begins (September 15, 2016), Scholars may not have served as the principal investigator or equivalent on an NIH research project (RO1), Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01), Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08) or their equivalent, a subproject of a program project (PO1) or center grant (P50, U54), or equivalent PHS research grant awards. Scholars may not accept or hold any other PHS award that duplicates the provisions of this career award. Scholars must have no more than 6 years of research training from their terminal degree per NIH guidelines. Preference will be given to candidates in regular title series appointments (i.e. non Research track series).
During their tenure as a BIRCWH Scholar, participants are required to apply for independent research grant support. When a BIRCWH Scholar obtains a federally funded extramural award, they will be considered to have successfully completed the BIRCWH training. Although NIH requires that BIRCWH salary support be terminated when a scholar receives extramural funding, scholars may still participate in the training and mentoring aspects of the BIRCWH program if they so desire.
WHO WILL PROVIDE OVERSIGHT FOR THE PROGRAM?
The PI, Thomas Curry, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Catherine Martin, MD, Professor and Dr. Laurie L. Humphries Endowed Chair in Child Psychiatry, and Ann L. Coker, Ph.D., Professor and Verizon Wireless Endowed Chair in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will provide general oversight for the Program. Ms. Suann Reese is the program administrator. An Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing the activities of the Scholars and their mentors. Regular interactions with mentors will provide direction and leadership to each participant. Each scholar's progress will also be monitored through meetings with the UK BIRCWH program directors.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE BIRCWH PROGRAM TO THE SCHOLAR?
Scholars accepted into the program must be guaranteed by their department/division that 75 percent of their time will be protected for research (exception: NIH allow surgical specialties 50% commitment) . This unique opportunity will ensure that junior investigators will be able to develop their research initiatives and establish themselves as researchers in women's health. Scholars will also work closely with established investigators and under the direction of a primary mentor and thus will have multiple role models to enhance their career development. Partial salary support is provided for this protected time; $90,000 is provided towards clinical faculty salaries and $60,000 is provided towards Ph.D. faculty salaries. This salary support can be guaranteed for up to 2 years for Ph.D.s, M.D.s or clinical researchers. The awards will be reviewed and renewed annually based upon performance and progress in research activities.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BIRCWH TO THE DEPARTMENT?
Departments that have junior faculty accepted as BIRCWH Scholars will have the opportunity to develop their departmental research programs as well as the careers of their faculty. The grant provides partial salary support of the BIRCWH Scholar's base salary and fringe. This is to ensure protection of 75% of their time for research. Scholars will be rotated off the program when they receive federal funding in the area of Women's Health research.
The current BIRCWH program at UK runs through 2017 and is up for its 4th cycle of competitive renewal. Due to NIH Guidelines, BIRCWH scholars are required to have 2 years of support. The current BIRCWH at UK has one slot open available for 1 year. However the BIRCWH program is.
NOTE: Due to NIH Guidelines, BIRCWH scholars are required to have 2 years of support. The current BIRCWH program at UK runs through 2017 and is will be resubmitted for its 4th cycle of competitive renewal. In the event the BIRCWH program is renewed, the second year of support will be provided by the BIRCWH program, as long as sufficient progress is made by the scholar. In the event the BIRCWH program is not renewed, the second year of support will be provided by the scholar’s department.
WHAT IS A BIRCWH SCHOLAR REQUIRED TO DO?
Scholars will be expected to commit 75 percent of their time to research on a project related to Women's Health that they have designed and proposed. Scholars should meet with their Department Chairs to ensure that the Chair will guarantee this time commitment prior to applying for the BIRCWH. The scholar’s time will be monitored by the BIRCWH administration.
Scholars must have demonstrated training in the responsible conduct of research. In addition, scholars will be required to take core curriculum courses or substitute formal training as approved by the BIRCWH directors. Additional didactic courses may be required for individuals who may not have sufficient experience in research methods or the latest information on important issues in Women's Health. Curriculum can be tailored to meet the Scholars experiences and academic background.
Scholars will be required to attend and participate in a variety of learning opportunities including the BIRCWH Seminar Series, journal clubs, Clinical Research Seminar Series, and Reproductive Forum.
Scholars will be expected to interact with other program participants to enhance the quality and interdisciplinary nature of Women's Health research at the University of Kentucky.
Scholars will be required to complete periodic progress reports to be submitted to the BIRCWH Directors.
Completion of the electronic application form (https://is.gd/bircwh2016), all documents listed below must be uploaded into the application form as a single PDF file. The research, career development and mentoring plan should be completed using Arial, font size 11. Completed applications should be submitted electronically by August 22, 2016.
1) Research Plan: No more than a 4 page description of the research project. The project should be consistent with the applicant’s level of research development as well as the objectives of the applicant’s career development plan in women’s health and/or sex/gender differences. The research description should demonstrate not only the quality of the candidate’s research thus far but also the novelty, significance, creativity and approach, as well as the ability of the candidate to carry out the research. As noted above 50-75% of the scholar’s time is covered under this award. Approximately $10,000 is available per year for other research expenditures. These may include funds for subject incentives, research assistantships, equipment, software, or relevant datasets such as medical claims data. A detailed budget is not required.
The research plan should include:
NOTE: Sections 2 – 4 below should not exceed 4 pages.
2) Candidate’s Background: A description of the candidate’s background, including professional training and previous research training and experience. Describe how prior training relates to the candidate’s objectives and long-term career plans in the area of women’s health or sex /gender differences as outlined in #3 below.
3) Candidates’ Career Goals and Objectives:
A clear concise description of the candidate’s short and long term career goals and objectives.
4) Career Development Plan: The career development plan should be consistent with the candidate’s career goals and prior research experience. A description of research skills and knowledge the candidate will acquire as a result of this award and how this training enhances the proposed research plan and candidate’s career goals. If needed, describe any didactic course work, workshops, and off site training experiences that are included in the career development plan. Include a Research and Training Timeline.
5) Mentoring Plan: Provided by the UK mentor or mentoring team (2 page maximum) to describe a detailed mentoring plan including a description of how each mentor will contribute to the career development of the candidate. The mentoring plan should also include a description of how the mentoring team will monitor the progress of the candidate. This plan can be provided in the form of a detailed letter of support and commitment to the career development of the candidate.
6) Letter from your Department Chair/Division Chief submitted on department letterhead with signature guaranteeing 75% protected research and career development time. The letter must also acknowledge the possibility that the Department will provide protected research career development time for the second year in the event the BIRCWH program is not renewed.
Please contact Suann Reese at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions (Phone: 323-6166). All applications must be submitted by 4:00 pm, August 22, 2016. All applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Candidates may be interviewed prior to making final decisions. Opportunities to participate in the program are limited to a total of 1 scholar.
Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research
All applications will be reviewed and scored by a committee of UK faculty. The criteria for review will be based on scientific and technical merit using NIH scoring methods.
The likelihood for the candidate to maintain a strong research program, taking into consideration the criteria below will determine the overall impact/priority score.
Scored Review Criteria
Each of the review criteria below will be assessed in the determination of scientific merit, and a separate score will be recorded for each. An application does not need to be strong in all categories to be judged likely to have major scientific impact.
Career Development Plan/Career Goals & Objectives
Environment & Commitment to the Candidate