Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Proposals must have some relevance to both the HIV and heart, lung, blood or sleep disorders areas. Applicants may propose projects grounded in basic, translational, clinical, epidemiologic, behavioral or community-based research methods for funding through this mechanism. Questions regarding suitable ideas may be posed to the program directors or program administrator/coordinator for this funding mechanism.

All applicants must be appointed to the faculty at the time the project award begins. Refer to the Program Timeline. A faculty appointment is not required at the time of the application. A letter from a department or division chair must specify the availability of an appointment at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level if successfully funded.

The applicant must commit 75% of protected effort for the career development and training opportunities provided through this program. 

As part of the intensive mentored research experience afforded by this mechanism, each scholar will identify a research focus, participate as a collaborator on their mentor's research projects and publications, design and conduct an independent research project and submit several peer-reviewed publications and an independent research grant (e.g., K23, R01 or equivalent during their second year in the program. Contact Mary Thielen for help finding a mentor.

Funding of up to $100,000 annually for two years (including UAB Composite Fringe Benefits) will be provided to each scholar. Travel support is also included. Three rounds of scholars will be selected over the 5 years of the program. Refer to the Program Timeline which specifies due dates for the Letters of Intent and Full Applications and dates for the notice of award and project initiation.

The program will provide individual and team mentorship opportunities, intensive didactic curriculum, and experiential interdisciplinary training with an emphasis on HIV, heart, lung, blood and sleep-related diseases, salary and travel support to prepare scholars to become independent, nationally recognized academic researchers.

The application is a two-step process including a Letter of Intent followed by a Full Application. Applicants selected to submit a Full Application will receive a link for submission of the full package.  Refer to the application page for details on the application and submission link for the Letter of Intent. The application page includes eligibility details.

Review a list of mentors with relevant expertise or contact the program coordinator, Mary Thielen, to request help finding a mentor.