Application Details

The UAB K12 Career Development Program prepares early-career faculty with a research or health profession doctorate for an independent career in heart, lung, blood, or sleep disorders in persons living with HIV. Applicants may propose projects grounded in basic, translational, clinical, epidemiologic, behavioral or community-based research methods for funding through this mechanism. The program provides mentorship, relevant training, and educational opportunities, salary, and travel support to prepare scholars for an independent research career. 

K12 Full Scholars Program Criteria
  • Eligible candidates must be US citizens, non-citizen nationals or have permanent residency status and reside in Alabama.
  • Applicants must have a clinical or research doctorate degree, including the following: Ph.D., ScD, DrPH, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DMD, DNS or equivalent. 
  • Applicants should be junior-level, full-time faculty or provide confirmation from Department or Division leadership of a faculty appointment on or before July 1, 2022.
  • Applicants must identify two faculty mentors who are committed to their career development for the duration of the study.
  • Eligible candidates must commit a minimum of 75% protected time to this program as evidenced through a letter from Department/Division leadership stating this. (Full scholars program only.)
  • Applications proposing projects related to heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders in persons living with HIV are considered responsive to this RFA.
  • Applications not meeting these criteria will not be considered.
  • Must not have simultaneously submitted or have a pending application for any other federal career development award or research project grant at the R01 level.
  • PI/PDs of a funded or pending Federal or non-Federal research grant, contract or cooperative agreement over $100,000 in direct costs per year are not eligible.
  • Current PD/PIs of any other Federal mentored career development award are ineligible. 
  • Applicants that have been or are currently supported on an institutional K12 or KL2 or similar grant are not eligible.

Contact Mary Thielen, Program Director for questions regarding eligibility.

Submit a Letter of Intent by March 15, 2023, by 5 pm CT using the Submit Letter of Intent button below. The 2 components below must be uploaded as a single PDF as specified in the online form. Those applicants selected to submit full applications will be notified by email.
  • Two-page Research Summary:  This summary should include the following: 1) Project title, 2) Mentors (at least two, one with HIV expertise and one with NHBLI-disease-related expertise) with their qualifications, 3) Brief summary of a Career development plan (coursework, degree programs (if relevant)), 4) A brief description of the proposed research, and 5) Area of primary and/or secondary emphasis (i.e. heart, lung, blood sleep research, health disparities)
  • NIH Biosketch (for Applicant only): Refer to the UAB CCTS website for a link to the NIH biosketch form with instructions and sample biosketches from UAB investigators.

All full applications must include the following components in an NIH-style application. All sections should conform to page limits and be single-spaced in Arial 11 pt font. Scholars selected to submit full applications will be notified by email with instructions on how to submit the full application.

  • Abstract; no more than 30 lines (1 page)
  • Proposed Specific Aims (1 page) and Research Plan (limited to 5 pages): The goal of the research plan is to describe the research question and outline the approach that will be used to conduct the research. The 6-page limit includes one page for Specific Aims and 5 pages for the research plan. This page limit does not include references. The Research Plan should include a brief description of the research environment.
  • Individual Career Development Plan signed by the Applicant and the two primary Mentors (limited to 3 pages): The individual development plan should describe in detail how the applicant will be mentored, what training is planned and the anticipated timeline for preparation of academic products such as manuscripts, presentations, and grant proposals during the period of support. To ensure that you and mentors have a clear understanding of your respective roles, responsibilities, and research goals, we ask that you describe expectations for the mentoring/collaborative experience, including the time and frequency of meetings. Expectations about collaboration on this project (i.e., authorship on presentations and publications) should also be addressed.
  • Letters of Support from 2 Primary Mentors: Each K12 Scholar is expected to receive research and career mentoring from at least two mentors who have excellent training records and who are committed to extending close interactions with the Scholar. At least one mentor should have experience with HIV research and at least one mentor should have experience with NHLBI-related diseases. The mentor's background and expertise should be described in the letter. Review a list of mentors with relevant experience or email Mary Thielen to request help finding a mentor. 
  • Letter of Support from the Applicant's Department or Division Chair committing to the provision of 75% protected time for career development activities for the duration of the award (2 years): This signed letter must be prepared on letterhead and indicate the following: A desire to have the applicant considered for this K12 program; a commitment to the candidate specifying that the scholar will spend no more than 25% of their effort on clinical or other activities during the 2-year duration of the award; and a space and resource plan for the applicant's eventual emergence from the mentored setting when independent federal funding is secured.  If the chair is also one of the two primary mentors, he or she should indicate this in the letter, which will suffice for both chair/mentor letter. We recommend that scholars meet with your mentor frequently to review progress, identify and develop a plan to address any obstacles to the conduct of your research, discuss presentations, abstracts, and grant applications.
  • NIH Biosketches for the Applicant and the 2 Primary Mentors:  Refer to the UAB CCTS website to link to the NIH biosketch form with instructions and sample biosketches from UAB investigators.
  • Letters of Support from any other Collaborators or Mentors: These letters are in addition to the letters from the two primary mentors and the Department/Division Chair. 
  • NIH Budget Form (Form Page 4) with full Justification: The 2-year budget should not exceed $100,000 in annual costs.

The full written proposal for each applicant will be reviewed by a panel composed of members of the Executive Committee, Internal Advisory Committee and stakeholder representatives, and senior faculty content experts who will score the applications using an NIH-style scoring system and provide written critiques. If the response for applications is high, applicants may be asked to participate in a 45-minute interview with members of the Executive Committee to assess their scientific proposal, their career commitment, and the quality of the mentorship relationship at the time of application. At each phase of selection, candidates will be scored with respect to four equally valued criteria:

  • Potential as an independent researcher focused on heart, lung, blood or sleep-related diseases in HIV;
  • The likelihood that the career development plan will contribute significantly to the candidate‚Äôs development;
  •  Scientific merit of the proposed research and relevance to heart, lung, blood, and sleep in HIV;
  •  Quality of the mentoring relationship, qualifications of the mentor, and evidence of mentoring success

After a scholar is awarded, the leadership will meet one-on-one with each scholar to discuss an Individual Development Plan (IDP). An example template is available for download, but you may use another version if you'd like.

docxDownload IDP Template