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LOI deadline: December 16, 2021. Submit your LOI now.

To reduce application burden for potential Scholars and facilitate selection of the most competitive candidates at our institution, this year the Sylvester K12 and the CTSI KL2 offer a single common application process, while retaining their specific eligibility criteria and review process.  

Eligibility

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 (June 2017 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 vte3@miami.edu to determine your eligibility.
  • You have never received or submitted any major research grant (such as R01) as PI or MPI from federal, industry, state, or foundation funding agency.
  • Your proposed project is patient-oriented, clinical 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., NIHK series).
  • You are the Principal Investigator (PI) or Multiple PI (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 health 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 mentor(s); qualifications of mentor(s); plans for mentored project(s) to be conducted, including how the applicant’s approach will differ from that of the mentor(s) and how the applicant’s approach will complement that of the mentor(s). 
  • Budget and justification: Prepare a detailed budget and justification with your departmental administrator. A start date by June 1, 2022, is expected.
  • Biosketch in NIH format
  • CV in UM Format
  • 3-5 letters of recommendation:
    • Chief/Chairman: Include a detailed plan for assuring 75% protected time for clinical research and plans for career and leadership development of the awardee.
    • Mentor(s): Include plans for career and leadership development of the awardee and a specific statement of sufficient time and dedication to development of the awardee.
    • At least one (max 3) additional letter(s) of recommendation from a previous mentor or other individual familiar with the applicant’s potential.

Application Documents

How to Apply

Submit your LOI now. You will be notified by December 20th if you are invited to submit a full application.

Questions?

Contact Vaughn Edelson, Senior Project Manager, at vte3@miami.edu.

Timeline

November 30, 2021 Information session
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December 16, 2021 LOI due
Submit your LOI
December 20, 2021 Invitation to apply
February 9, 2022 Full application due
April 20, 2022 Notification of award