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 2024 Mentored Research Awards call for applications is now closed. Learn more about the program and see the most recent RFA below. 

“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 launching independent research careers. Awardees receive protected time for research all within a structured, 2-year mentorship program. 

Program Details

  • Mentored Research Scholars receive at least 50% protected time up to $90,000 to conduct clinical or translational research projects 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.

View the most recent RFA


Junior investigators with faculty appointments at Brown, URI, Care New England, Lifespan, and the VA Providence Healthcare System 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. 

View the most recent RFA

[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 RI-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 RI-CTR offers services in biostatistics, research design, and epidemiology; qualitative and mixed methods research; survey design, development and analysis; and biomedical informatics. New in 2023, in addition to providing consultation services, Advance RI-CTR’s Community Engagement and Outreach Core has created a Community Engaged Practice Based Research Network (CEPBRN). The CEPBRN is available for researchers to engage with for their pilot projects. This opportunity is dependent on availability of the CEPBRN and its clinical practices.

Meet the Awardees

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

Mentored Research Scholars

The Mentored Research Awards provide two years of protected research time and mentoring to help scholars launch independent research careers.