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.
  • Boys Town Natl. Research Hospital (BTNRH) – Lori Leibold ( 
  • North Dakota State University (NDSU) – Mark McCourt ( 
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) – Kimberly Carlson ( 
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) – David Hansen ( 
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) – Ted Mikuls ( 
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) – Sara Myers ( 
  • University of North Dakota (UND) – Jonathan Geiger ( 
  • University of South Dakota (USD) – Robin Miskimins (

Participation in the Scholars Program will include: 


  1. Devote 50% effort to the program to match salary support being provided. 
  2. Complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training within first 6 months of 

     assignment (if needed).  

  1. Remain current on all required regulatory training based on your project and institutional 


  1. Submit an Individual Development Plan (IDP) within 6 months of entrance to the program. 
  2. Meet with primary mentor weekly and other mentors as needed to discuss progress and 

     concerns. Meet with mentoring team every 6 months.  

  1. Complete CTR Leadership Seminars 901 and 903 (to begin in the fall of each year). 
  2. Meet (along with your mentor[s]) with the Scholars Program leadership team at least twice a year 

     (every 6 months).  

  1. Submit an annual written report to be reviewed by our Internal and External Advisory 


  1. Present your project and progress to date to the External Advisory Committee during the 

     Annual Scientific Meeting.  

  1. Attend or watch a minimum of 8 out of 12 monthly lectures offered annually by the Great Plains 

      IDeA-CTR Network.  

  1. Attend the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) to include a 1-day Mentor Workshop. 
  2. Submit an R01 or equivalent extramural grant application within 3-4 years of selection. 
  3. Maintain engagement with the Great Plains IDeA-CTR after graduation 

      via regular communications. Invitations to ongoing Annual Scientific Meetings, Mock    

      Reviews, and Lectures will be extended. Graduates may be asked to contribute to the   

      Scholar Leadership Seminars (901/903) and will be encouraged to join the Mentor Guild  

      and enroll in Mentor Training.

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.
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