Program Requirements

  • Full time faculty at participating institutions (see below), with preference given to individuals at the rank of Assistant Professor (MD, PhD, or equivalent)
  • Eligible to apply for NIH funds (e.g., US citizen or a permanent resident)
  • Has an established focus of relevant clinical, clinical-translational, or community translational research without previous NIH R01 or equivalent funding, and is not on a currently mentored K award or a funded Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) or IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). Current and former PD/PIs of an NIH Small Grant (R03), Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21), Dissertation Award (R36), or SBIR/STTR (R41, R42, R43, R44) remain eligible

Participation in the Scholars Program will include: 

  •  Become a member of the GPCTR via our website.
  • Devote at least 50% effort to the program.
  • Complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training within first 6 months of funding (if not already completed).
  • Remain current on all required regulatory training based on your project and institutional requirements and provide all updated approvals to the GP IDeA-CTR program coordinator. In addition to the reporting required for adverse events, as a courtesy, we ask that you notify the GP IDeA-CTR program coordinator if the study has any adverse events (AE’s).
  • Submit an Individual Development Plan (IDP) within 6 months of entrance to the program.
  • Mentoring:
    -Meet with your primary mentor weekly and other mentors as needed to discuss progress and concerns.
    -Meet with your full mentoring team at least every 6 months.
    -Meet (along with your mentor[s]) with the Scholars Program leadership team twice a year.
  •  Submit an electronic progress report to the Scholars Program leadership twice a year.
  • Complete CTR Leadership Seminars 901 and 903 (to begin Fall 2022), if not already completed, or completion of a comparable training.
  • Participate in a Research Studio for an external grant submission during the program. For more information on the studio process please visit our website, here.
  • Attend the Annual Scientific Meeting where you will present your project and progress to date to the External Advisory Committee and meet with NIGMS program officers as requested.
  • Attend or watch a minimum of 8 out of 12 monthly lectures offered annually by the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network.
  • Maintain all IRB/IACUC documentation and approval status, as applicable.
  • Submit an R01, K or equivalent extramural grant application within 2-3 years of selection.
  • Maintain engagement with the Great Plains IDeA-CTR after graduation via regular communications. For example, this might include possible participation in future Annual Scientific Meetings, Research Studios, providing invited presentations or acting as a mentor.
  • Complete post-graduation evaluations and assist with post-award tracking (e.g., papers, promotions, grants, etc.).
  • Cite the GP-CTR/NIGMS grant in all publications and presentations as appropriate. This information can be found, here.

Click here for an example of the last Scholar Program RFA.

Next RFA will be issued upon current applicants completing the program. To receive future RFA announcements, become a member click here.