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Translational Research in Pediatric Science at UCLA TRPS (T32)


National Institutes of Health/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Child Health Development

The Department of Pediatrics and the UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is dedicated to training pediatric subspecialty physician-scientists to focus on fundamental understanding of pediatric diseases and conduct research that will lead to novel approaches for treatment. The overall objective of the UCLA T32-TRPS is to increase the number and impact of pediatric physician-scientists engaged in child health related research that can translate to the bedside. With guidance from program faculty, T32-TRPS trainees select scientific mentors from well-established investigators in pediatrics and other clinical and basic science departments.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Fellows in their second and third year of fellowship starting July 1st.
  2. The project must be in a field relevant to pediatrics and be in a basic or translational area of research.
  3. Dedicated 75% protected time towards the research project.
  4. Must have future plans of submitting extra-mural grant applications and provide an annual progress report on funding, grant submissions and publication track record.
  5. Mentors must be principal investigators on a non-mentored NIH grant or equivalent.
  6. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (NIH-funded grant).

Grant Format/Submission:

Failure to meet the requirements for grant format will lead to an administrative disqualification of the proposal. The T32 grant applications should include (in this order) (application guidelines):

  1. Face page with the fellow's name and year of fellowship, fellow's division/institution, email, fellowship director, mentor's name, mentor's department/division, title of the project, 200 word abstract
  2. NIH Biosketch for the fellow and mentor (NIH biographical sketch format page and NIH biographical sketch sample)
  3. The scientific proposal (5-page limit)
  4. References
  5. A one page statement from the applicant regarding immediate and future career plans
  6. Letter from the Scientific Mentor regarding career development and provision of laboratory/research resources
  7. Letters from the Scholarship Oversight Committee (3 letters minimum)
  8. Letter from the Division Chief guaranteeing protected time
  9. Those who were funded the previous year are eligible to apply again for an additional year of funding by submitting a progress report (progress report guidelines).

The entire grant must be submitted/emailed to Emily Manczuk as a singled pdf file less than 2 megabite in size. If the grant includes high resolution images, these must be reduced to meet the size requirement. Failure to provide a single pdf file or a file that is too big will result in disqualification. No budget is required, but the scope of work should be appropriate for 1 year project and the funds will be used entirely for the fellow's salary.

Other Details:

  1. The duration of the award is July 1st - June 30th.
  2. The application will be peer reviewed according to the NIH scoring system. Up to four awards may be funded per year.
  3. The peer review is based on the potential of the candidate to be successful in an academic career, the significance and approach of the science proposed, the proposed mentorship and the scientific environment provided by the mentor as well as the detailed training and career plans.
  4. Fellows must have a Scholarship Oversight Committee in place.
  5. Awardees are expected to present their data at Science Day and at national pediatric or subspecialty meeting.
  6. This proposal does not need to be submitted to Finance and Research Administration for review.

Principal Investigator: Sherin U. Devaskar, M.D.

Co-Principal Investigators: Brigitte Gomperts, M.D. and Martin Martin, M.D., M.P.P.

For additional assistance, please contact Emily Manczuk at (310) 825-5095