NIH GUIDE, Volume 24, Number 40, November 24, 1995

P.T. 34


  Clinical Medicine, General 

  Population Studies 


  Rehabilitation/Therapy, Physical 

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

This notice provides additional information regarding the NICHD

Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award supported by the

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.  This

information must be used in addition to the general description of

the K08 published in PA-95-053 issued in the NIH Guide, Vol. 24, No.

15, April 28, 1995.


The objectives of the NICHD in utilizing the Mentored Clinical

Scientist Development Award are to:

o  encourage clinically trained individuals to develop the

technological and intellectual investigational skills that will allow

them to pursue independent research careers in the mission areas of

the NICHD;

o  increase the pool of medical scientists prepared to use state-of-

the-art methods to address significant topics in population research,

maternal and pediatric health and disease research, and medical

rehabilitation research.


It is expected that, at the time of the award, candidates will have

completed at least two years of professional experience after

receiving a clinical doctoral degree.

Applications may be accepted from those who hold the Ph.D. degree in

addition to the professional degree only if special circumstances can

be shown, such as a Ph.D. degree earned in a field unrelated to

biomedical science or a substantial intervening period of clinical or

nonresearch activities since completion of the Ph.D. degree.  Such

applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


The proposed research plan must include hands-on research experience

for the entire three- to five-year period.  The candidate's proposed

program may include coursework and research endeavors leading to a

relevant Masters or Ph.D. degree, if the objective is the development

of the candidate into an independent investigator.

An advisory committee composed of the mentor(s) and two or three

other senior faculty members must be identified.  This committee must

meet at least annually with the candidate to review the career

development plan and research project, evaluate his or her progress,

and provide guidance for future scientific career development.  A

report from this committee must be included in the annual progress

report submitted as part of the noncompeting continuation


Allowable costs:

a.  Salary.  Individual compensation is based on the institution's

salary scale for individuals at an equivalent experience level.

Funding from this award for salary may not exceed $50,000 per year

plus commensurate fringe benefits for a full-time employee with at

least 75 percent effort devoted to the research program.  NIH policy

permits supplementation of salary from non-Federal sources.

b.  Research and Development Support.  A maximum of $15,000 per year

may be requested for research costs such as technical personnel,

supplies, small items of equipment, candidate travel,

telecommunications, publication costs, and tuition for necessary

courses.  All budget items requested must be justified in the


Continuity of support:

The MCSDA can be integrated with the requirements of clinical

training, and various approaches for doing so may be proposed.

Individuals desiring subspecialty training may wish to complete their

clinical fellowships before starting the MCSDA.  An alternative is

interruption of the award to complete clinical training.  For

example, individuals with limited clinical and research training may

propose a plan that includes a one- to two-year hiatus in the program

to allow for the completion of subspecialty training, followed by

resumption of the research career development program.  The period of

interruption would be without award support and would not reduce the

total length of time of support for which the individual is eligible.


During the period of award, recipients, in conjunction with their

mentors, are required to submit a detailed annual progress report.

Recipients must also provide a report to the National Institutes of

Health annually for a period of five years subsequent to the

completion of the MCSDA, regarding time devoted to research, academic

status attained, publications, and research support (Federal and non-

Federal) obtained.


In addition to those described in the trans-NIH MCSDA program

announcement, NICHD review criteria will include appropriateness of

the advisory committee to meet the research career evaluation needs

of the candidate's program.


Supplemental instructions for completing and submitting the

application must be obtained from program staff or the NICHD contact

listed below.  Written and telephone inquiries are encouraged.  The

opportunity to clarify any issues or questions from potential

applicants is welcome.  Direct inquiries regarding programmatic

issues and requests for the supplemental instructions to:

Donna Vogel, M.D., Ph.D.

Center for Population Research

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Building

61E, Room 8B01

Bethesda, MD  20892-7510

Telephone:  (301) 496-6515

FAX:  (301) 496-0962


Tyl Hewitt, Ph.D.

Center for Research for Mothers and Children

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Building

61E, Room 4B05K

Bethesda, MD  20892-7510

Telephone:  (301) 496-5541

FAX:  (301) 402-4083


Danuta Krotoski, Ph.D.

National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Building

61E, Room 2A03

Bethesda, MD  20892-7510

Telephone:  (301) 402-2242

FAX:  (301) 402-0832


Inquiries regarding financial or policy issues may be directed to:

Diane Watson

Office of Grants and Contracts

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Building

61E, Room 8A01A

Bethesda, MD  20892-7510

Telephone:  (301) 496-5001

FAX:  (301) 402-0915



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