Translational Science Training (TST) TL1 Program Application Guidelines

TST TL1 Application

Contact Information: Recruitment and application processes will be coordinated through the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS) Office of Research Education and Mentoring (OREM):

Program Director:

Linda McManus, PhD (mcmanus@uthscsa.edu)

TL1 Program Support:

Kathlynn Wray (wrayk@uthscsa.edu)

OREM Office:

UTHSCSA, Room MED 742F
Phone: 567-4330
Fax: 567-4301

Application Timeline2017-18 TST TL1 applications are due March 13, 2017.

Application Submission: The TST TL1 application should be submitted by email to Kathlynn Wray  (wrayk@uthscsa.edu) as a single PDF document in the following order:

  • Face Page
  • Abstract
  • Applicant's Biosketch
  • Applicant's Other Support Form
  • Applicant's GSBS Transcript
  • Narrative
  • List of Persons who will Provide Letters 
  • Supervising Professor's Biosketch 
  • Supervising Professor's Other Support Form 
  • Supervising Professor's SF424 Table 5A 
  • Supervising Professor's SF424 Table 5B 
  • Supervising Professor's SF424 Table 8A, Part I
    • [relabeled as all Prior Predoctoral Trainees; to provide outcomes of past and present predoctoral trainees of the Primary Supervising Professor (mentor) and co-mentor (if applicable)]
  • Supervising Professor's SF424 Table 8C, Part I
    • [relabeled as all Prior Postdoctoral trainees; to provide outcomes of past and present postdoctoral trainees of the primary supervising professor (mentor) and co-mentor (if applicable)]

  If you have more than one Research Mentor, include these documents for each (Biosketch, Other Support, Table 5A, Table 5B , Table 8A, Part I, and Table 8C, Part I).

Letters of Recommendation should be sent to Kathlynn Wray by email attachment (must be sent directly from the recommender's email), or they may be sent as hard copy by U.S. Postal Service, by campus mail, or hand delivered to:  Kathlynn Wray, OREM, MED742F, MC 7757.

Application to the TST Program includes:

  • Face Page (form page) with information on applicant’s name, Supervising Professor, IMGP track or other graduate program, and research area of interest.
  • An Abstract (form page) of the applicant’s well articulated career goals and research interests.
  • Completed PHS 398 Biosketch and Other Support Form.
  • A copy of the applicant’s UTHSCSA GSBS transcript.
  • A Narrative (up to 10 pages total - format: 1 inch margins, 11 point Arial font) with the following sections:
    • Personal section addressing the following:
      • Applicant's interest in and commitment to a translational science career.
      • How and why the TST Program is important to and will facilitate the applicant’s future research career.
      • Immediate and long-term career research interests/goals, and how the program will contribute to their attainment.
    • An education plan that describes objectives of the applicant’s research interests/goals and how the TST Program will help achieve those objectives. Applicants may describe participation in coursework on translational science topics and other educational activities, such as  participation in clinical practicums, to achieve well articulated objectives.
    • A research plan describing the proposed translational research project/plan. The research plan must include sections on:
      • Specific Aims (one page)
      • Research Strategy (six pages)
        • Significance
        • Innovation
        • Approach (including Hypotheses, Rationale, Preliminary Studies, Approach, Methods, and Analyses)
      • Cited literature (this will not be included in the page limitation)
  • List of Persons who will Provide Letters (form page):  List all persons who will submit a letter of support for your application.  The list should include the names of the three people providing letters of recommendation, but it may also include the names of people who will provide letters as collaborators, consultants, or other roles that will support your proposed research project, if applicable.
  • Supporting Information from the Supervising Professor, to include:
    • PHS 398 Biosketch,
    • PHS 398 Other Support form
    • SF424 Table 5A. Publications of Predoctoral Trainees of Participating Faculty Members
    • SF424 Table 5B. Publications of Postdoctoral Trainees of Participating Faculty Members
    • SF424 Table 8A Part I [relabeled as all Prior Predoctoral Trainees; to provide outcomes of past and present predoctoral trainees of the Primary Supervising Professor (mentor) and co-mentor (if applicable)]
    • SF424 Table 8C Part I [relabeled as all Prior Postdoctoral trainees; to provide outcomes of past and present postdoctoral trainees of the primary supervising professor (mentor) and co-mentor( if applicable)]
  • Letters of Recommendation:
    • Letters of recommendation should be on letterhead and signed by the recommender.
    • Letters of recommendation should address the TST Review Committee or the TST Program Director (listed above).  Once completed, the letter should be sent by email, campus mail,  U.S. Postal Service, or hand delivered  to TL1 staff member, Kathlynn Wray.  
    • The letter of recommendation from the Supervising Professor (primary research mentor) should address:
      • the applicant’s:
        • potential for a career in multidisciplinary translational research;
        • capability in pursuing the chosen research topic; and
        • translational science training plan
      • the Supervising Professor’s:
        • qualifications in the proposed research area; and
        • previous experience as a research mentor including a description of the nature and extent of supervision experience with pre-doctoral and/or postdoctoral trainees.
    • Two additional sealed letters of recommendation should address, at a minimum, their relationship to the applicant (the position on which they base their knowledge of the applicant) and the applicant’s background and potential for a career as a investigator, both in the selected specialty field and in translational science. At least one of these letters must be from a UTHSCSA faculty member.

TST TL1 Application Forms: See Application Forms page or use this link.

Application Review and Selection of TST TL1 Awardees:

  • The TST Program Director or designee will review applications for completeness.
  • All applications will be comprehensively reviewed by the TST TL1 Review Committee.
  • Qualified applicants will be selected on the basis of:
    1. Evidence that training in translational science will facilitate the applicant’s long-term research and career development goals.
    2. Educational performance and research training.
    3. Recommendations from the Supervising Professor and two independent references.
    4. The scope and focus of the research and career development/educational plan provided in the application. Specifically, how well will the TST program activities help achieve the applicant’s well articulated learning objectives?
  • The TST TL1 Review Committee will evaluate applications for scientific and technical merit. The following factors will be considered during the review:
    • Quality of the Applicant
      • Quality of applicant's academic and research record
      • Potential to benefit from a multidisciplinary translational research training program
      • Commitment to a career in translational science
      • Potential to become a successful investigator in multidisciplinary translational research
    • Quality of Career Plans
      • Consistency of applicant's career goals with prior and current research experience
      • Likelihood that career plans contribute substantially to the applicant’s scientific development and necessary skill acquisition to conduct multidisciplinary translational investigations
    • Quality of Proposed Research
      • Scientific and technical merit of the research question, experimental design and methodology
      • Relevance of proposed research to the applicant's career objectives
      • Appropriateness of research plan to the stage of research development and as a vehicle for developing the research skills as described in the career development plan
      • Reviewers will take into account that an individual with limited research experience is less likely to be able to prepare a research plan with the breadth and depth of that submitted by a more experienced investigator. Nevertheless, a fundamentally sound research plan must be provided.

Funding:

  • Funding will be awarded on an annual basis.
  • Annual funding for each TST TL1 Scholar will include a stipend at the NIH-specified level (currently $23,376), plus additional support funds.