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Child Health Research Career Development Award (CHRCDA) Program (K12)


The Department of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is the recipient of the National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Child Health Research Career Development Award (CHRCDA) Program (K12). The UCLA CHRCDA is committed to training Pediatric subspecialty physician-scientists with an emphasis on basic and translational research towards understanding pediatric diseases.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Applicants must hold an MD or MD, PhD degree and have completed a pediatric residency and a subspecialty fellowship and/or:
    • Hold a full time faculty appointment at the Department of Pediatrics at UCLA and be within four years of completing their most recent fellowship training or
    • Be fellows in their third year of subspecialty training providing they have a a commitment from their division chief to be appointed as junior faculty at the completion of fellowship.
  2. Be current CHRCDA scholars applying for an additional year of funding.
  3. Applicants must have a commitment from their division chief committing >75% dedicated protected time towards the research project.
  4. Applicants should not hold an R- or K- award or equivalent NIH funding at the time of application.
  5. Applicants must have future plans of an academic career and of submitting extramural grant applications.
  6. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  7. Applicants must identify a mentor who is:
    • A member of the UCLA K12-CHRCDA grant mentor group or
    • A NIH-funded scientist with a lab that performs basic or translational research who has an interest in pediatric science and wants to join the UCLA K12-CHRCDA grant mentor group.
  8. Applications must have a basic or translational focus in any area relevant to child health and disease. Purely clinical research projects will not be approved.

Letter of Intent Application Process:

A single PDF file (Letter of Intent form) should be emailed to Emily Manczuk before September 16th with the following information:

  • The name, academic title and division of the applicant
  • The name of the proposed mentor
  • The title of the proposed project
  • One paragraph describing the problem that will be addressed by the grant, the key hypothesis, and the major research aims
  • NIH biosketches of the applicant and mentor

For succcessful continuation applicants, a progress report will be required at the time of full application. This grant supports four scholars ($98,000/yr).

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

Training Director: Martin Martin, M.D., M.P.P.

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