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Career Transition Award in Clinical/Translational Research

The Career Transition Award in Clinical/Translational Research aims to support junior faculty members in their efforts to become independent clinical and translational investigators.

More specifically, this award is designed to provide protected time and funds for research expenses to junior faculty members who have completed training or career development programs (K01, K07, K08, K12, KL2, K23, Mayo- or foundation-funded, master's degree, or others) and who have submitted at least one proposal for extramural funding, but who have not received significant, independent extramural support as a principal investigator — that is, they are not the principal investigator of a federally funded R award or equivalent award from a private foundation.


Applicants must satisfy all of these criteria:

  • Confirmed academic rank of instructor or assistant professor as of Jan. 1, 2015, and within five years of their first faculty appointment
  • Completed advanced training in clinical and translational research at Mayo Clinic (that is, K12 or KL2 career development program)
  • Submitted at least one application for extramural funding to a federal agency or private foundation that was scored but not funded
  • Have not received a notice of grant award for an R01 or equivalent for which they are listed as the principal investigator
  • Have less than 50 percent Category 1 time for research


The Mayo Clinic CCaTS will provide up to $50,000 for one grant year that may be used at the discretion of the awardee for salary support and research expenses consistent with National Institutes of Health guidelines. For 2015, all funds must be used by June 30, 2016. Up to two awards will be made each year depending on the merit of the applications received and available funds.

Application process

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2015, to Tauna M. Juenger, CCaTS Education Resources, Plummer Building, Third Floor. Applications must include:

  • Research proposal in PHS 398 format, including budget (Note: The previously submitted, unsuccessful application for extramural funding may be submitted.)
  • Scores and summary statements or reviews for the previous submitted, unsuccessful application for extramural funding
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Letter of support from the applicant's department chair
  • Cover letter from the applicant addressing the critiques included in the summary statement or reviews of their proposal and describing how the award will lead to independent funding
  • Budget prepared by Research Services
  • Budget justification for funds requested

Selection process

Applications will be reviewed by the Mayo Clinic CCaTS Education Resources Executive Committee. Review criteria will include:

  • Merit of the proposal as reflected by the score and summary statements for the previously submitted, unsuccessful application for extramural funding
  • Alignment of the proposal with the goals of the Mayo Clinic CCaTS to foster translational research
  • Potential for the award to lead to independent funding
  • Support of department chair

Preference will be given to graduates of programs sponsored by the Mayo Clinic clinical and translational research training programs ( K12 and KL2 programs). Awardees will be notified by May 29, 2015.

Final report

Awardees are required to submit a copy of the subsequent resubmission of the application for extramural funding, subsequent scores and awards to Mayo Clinic CCaTS Education Resources. Awardees are required to acknowledge the support of the Mayo Clinic CTSA UL1 TR000135 in any publications arising from work supported by these funds.


  • April 27, 2015
  • ART727742