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LOI deadline: March 11, 2024. Submit your LOI now.


You are eligible to apply to the Sylvester K12 if ALL the statements below apply:

  • You are a permanent resident of the U.S. [Definition]
  • You are a full-time Assistant Professor at UM.
  • You are able to devote 75% effort to clinical research for the two-year K12 term.
  • You have the support of a mentor approved by the program.
  • You are an MD/DO and board-certified or-eligible in one of the clinical oncology disciplines.
  • You are a Sylvester member (you may apply concurrently for the K12 and SCCC membership).
  • You completed your fellowship no more than 5 years before the program start date (September 2019 or later).
  • You have never received a PHS-funded career development award (e.g., NIH K series). If you are a current or past recipient of a CDA funded by a foundation, industry, or professional association, contact Vaughn Edelson at to determine your eligibility.
  • You have never received or submitted any major grant (such as R01) as PI or MPI from federal, industry, state, or foundation funding agency.
  • Your proposed project is patient-oriented, clinical/translational cancer research.
  • This is your first application or your first resubmission to the Sylvester K12 award.

You are NOT eligible for the K12 if ANY of the statements below apply

  • You are on a temporary visa.
  • You are an adjunct professor, voluntary professor, lecturer, resident, clinical/post-doctoral fellow, or student.
  • You are a current or past recipient of a PHS-funded mentored career development grant (e.g., NIH K series).
  • You are the principal investigator (PI or MPI) on any awarded or submitted major independent grant (R01, P01, or other equivalent research grant awards).

Application Requirements

Letter of Intent

An LOI is required from all potential applicants. Submit your LOI now.

Full Application

A written application will be required from each candidate, submitted online via REDCap form. The application will include the following components:
  • Project title
  • Scientific abstract (250 words): State purpose, hypothesis, aims, and clinical/translational significance of potential findings.
  • Personal statement (1 page): Must include specific areas of cancer research interest; short-term objectives and long-term career goals; statement on how the K12 will enhance your research career.
  • Research project (4 pages): Include preliminary work, Specific Aims, significance, innovation, approach, analysis plan, and a brief description of plans to include minority/catchment area participation.
  • References (no page limit)
  • Career development plan (2 pages): Describe an individualized training program, including required K12 curriculum elements; graduate-level coursework you plan to take to enhance your research capabilities, including coursework in pursuit of an MSCTI, MPH, or other degree; a training overview table and project timeline with planned curriculum courses.
  • Mentoring plan (2 pages): Provide rationale for the selection of mentors; qualifications of mentors; plans for mentored project(s) to be conducted, including how the applicant’s approach will both complement and differ from that of the mentor(s). Note: At least one mentor must have a track record of peer-reviewed funding.
  • Budget and justification: Prepare a detailed budget and justification with your departmental administrator or Sylvester Pre-Award Grant Administrator. A start date by September 1, 2024, is expected.
  • Biosketch in NIH format
  • CV in UM Format
  • 3-5 letters of recommendation:
    • REQUIRED: Chief/Chairman: Include a detailed plan for assuring 75% protected time for the two-year K12 term; plans for continued protected time after the program ends; and commitment to facilitating scholar participation in required K12 curriculum elements (e.g., the Design and Management of Cancer Clinical Trials Course).
    • REQUIRED: Scientific mentor: Include plans for career and leadership development of the awardee and a specific statement of sufficient time and dedication to development of the awardee.
    • REQUIRED: Clinical mentor: Include plans for career and leadership development of the awardee and a specific statement of sufficient time and dedication to development of the awardee.
    • OPTIONAL: Up to two additional letter(s) of recommendation from a previous mentor or other individual familiar with the applicant’s qualifications and potential.

Application Documents

The following documents will assist you in putting together your application:

  • Application instructions
  • Budget template
  • K12 curriculum

Request these documents from Vaughn Edelson,

How to Apply

Submit your LOI now. You will be notified by March 22nd if you are invited to submit a full application.


Vaughn Edelson

February 19, 2024, 12:00 PM
March 11, 2024, 11:59 PM LOI due: Submit your LOI
March 12-22, 2024 Post-LOI meeting with PI (optional)
April 29, 2024, 11:59 PM Full application due
May 31, 2024 Notification of award
September 1, 2024 Program start