Advance-CTR

Mentored Research Awards

The Mentored Research Awards help junior PIs launch independent research careers through two years of protected research time and guided mentorship.

“The Mentored Research Award feels like the Goldilocks of training grants. Advance-CTR provides extensive infrastructure that rivals other career development awards and effectively supports early career faculty."

Carly Goldstein, PhD Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

About the MRAs

The Mentored Research Awards target early-career investigators who are planning on applying for career-development awards (NIH K awards or equivalent) and launch independent research careers. Awardees receive protected time for research all within a structured, 2-year mentorship program. 

Program Details

  • Mentored Research Scholars receive up to 75% protected time* up to $90,000 to conduct a clinical or translational research project for up to two years.
  • Scholars are also awarded an additional $25,000 each year for education or research supplies (A Certificate or Master’s degree in Clinical and Translational Research at the Brown University School of Public Health is encouraged).
  • The program provides mentoring and specialized training that will prepare scholars to make significant advances in interdisciplinary strategies devoted to clinical and translational research.

*Advance-CTR considers percent effort between 50-75%; however, justification and approval are required. The applicant must indicate the percent effort they intend to devote and provide a justification with the preliminary application (upload in the “Additional Documentation” UFunds field). The investigator must obtain documented departmental support and approval from Advance-CTR before submitting a full proposal. Investigators who are considering devoting less than 75% professional effort should speak with Advance-CTR leadership prior to submitting a preliminary application. 

Eligibility

Junior investigators with faculty appointments at Brown, URI, Care New England, Lifespan, the VA Providence Healthcare System, and other degree-granting institutions in Rhode Island are eligible to apply for the Mentored Research Awards. 

Postdoctoral graduates, medical residents, and fellows are also eligible to apply for the awards contingent upon a letter from their department chair stating that they will have a faculty appointment upon receipt of the award. 

Please see the RFA for complete eligibility criteria. 

[This award] provided me with time and much-needed mentorship and structure to conduct my first research project as a faculty, and transition into another grant that will now support me for the next five years. I will be forever thankful and honored for the award.

Amin Zand Vakili, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Program Aims

Advance-CTR funds a wide variety of projects that span the translational spectrum. Projects that focus on Rhode Island’s leading health priorities as defined by the RI DOH and/or community-engaged research will be prioritized. Investigators from underrepresented minority groups and physician scientists are also encouraged to apply. Advance-CTR also encourages interdisciplinary, cross-institutional research collaborations as they embody the true spirit of translational research and team science. 

Service Core Support

In addition to research funding, Mentored Research Scholars have the opportunity to leverage Advance-CTR’s Service Cores in both the pre-submission and post-award stage of the application process. 

Applicants who are selected to submit a full application are prioritized by the Service Cores and may consult with faculty experts on their research design, methodology, and overall application. 

Awardees are always able and encouraged to consult with the Service Cores throughout the life cycle of their project. 

Advance-CTR offers services in biostatistics, research design, and epidemiology; qualitative and mixed methods research; survey design, development and analysis; and biomedical informatics.

Meet the Awardees

Take a look at the investigators and research projects we have awarded since 2016.