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Fostering the Entry of Clinically-Trained Individuals into the Research Pipeline (PIPE)

Title: Fostering the Entry of Clinically-Trained Individuals into the Research Pipeline
Title Code: PIPE

Purpose: The NIDCD recognizes the compelling need to recruit clinically-trained individuals into its research enterprise to facilitate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries and clinical observations within its scientific mission bi-directionally between “bench and bedside.” This initiative targets clinicians at the junior through mid-career levels who have developed a keen interest in fundamental, translational, or patient-oriented research within the NIDCD scientific mission areas, but who have limited research backgrounds--typically less than two years of full-time research experience in the health/life sciences since their last clinical degree. It seeks to nurture these individuals to integrate both research and clinical practice trajectories in their careers in order to advance the state-of-the art in health care services to individuals with communication disorders.

This research supplement program establishes a mentoring relationship between the sponsoring Principal Investigator (PI)/Program Director (PD) and the budding clinician-scientist, directly “tethering” the latter to the funded NIDCD research grant or center grant of the mentoring PI/PD. The research experience proposed for the candidate must be within the research scope of the parent grant, and it must have the potential to contribute significantly to the research career development of the candidate as an independent investigator or as a team scientist.

Toward the end or at the completion of the supplement award period, doctoral-level candidates are strongly encouraged to submit applications for further research training, mentored career development, or independent research support.

Supplement-Specific Information: Administrative research supplements may be requested on behalf of the candidate clinician by PIs holding active NIDCD research project grants and PDs holding center (P50) grants. The applicant PI/PD must be a faculty member or research staff member within the candidate’s home institution. The candidate may be a clinician engaged in academic or non-academic clinical practice. The candidate is required to devote between half-time (50%) and full-time (100%) effort to the proposed program, allowing for a meaningful research career development experience.

Clinically credentialed individuals holding a clinical masters degree or doctoral degree are eligible candidates. Members of clinical specialties focused on hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language are eligible. Speech-language pathologists, audiologists, otolaryngologists, and epidemiologists are particularly encouraged to apply.

The actual salary provided by NIDCD for the award will be prorated for the declared percent effort (50-100%) based on the candidate clinician’s full-time, 12-month salary and the support period requested, up to the maximum legislated salary level, plus fringe benefits in direct costs per year. In addition, up to $25,000 may be requested per year for research costs (including supplies, technical personnel, computational services, but not equipment), travel, tuition, and fees related to the proposed research experience; a maximum of $2,000 per year may be allocated for travel. If less than a 12-month period of support is requested, this amount shall be prorated. No funds may be requested to supplement the salaries of the PI/PD or a co-investigator, or to purchase equipment. The budgetary request may exceed the general guidelines of 50% of the direct costs of the parent award, with compelling justification.

The request for the supplemental award must include:

  1. A brief summary of the overall objectives and specific research aims of the parent grant;
  2. The plan and timeline for the research and career development experiences proposed for the candidate;
  3. How the proposed research plan directly relates to the overall and specific research aims of the parent grant; and
  4. How this research and career development plan will foster the research career development of the candidate.

Furthermore, a plan for training in the following three areas must be integrated into the research experience: 1) the responsible conduct of research; 2) statistics and research design; and 3) grant writing skills. This training may be completed within the format of a face-to-face course or seminar series or a tailored directed study experience with a qualified faculty member. In addition, and beyond the five page limit, the following information must be provided: 1) biographical sketches for the candidate and for the sponsor(s); and 2) a letter of support from the department chair of the candidate outlining the commitment of the department to the research career development of the candidate, and affirming that the requested resources of the parent grant and percent effort of the candidate will be protected for the proposed research experience. Applicants for this administrative supplement initiative may not submit appendix materials.

Supplement Contact and Email:
Daniel A. Sklare, Ph.D.
Email: sklared@nidcd.nih.gov