Application Process

A small number of competitive Mayo Clinic School of Medicine Research Awards are available each year. All application materials must be submitted by email to the CCaTS predoctoral education specialist by 5 p.m. on May 1.

Before applying

Prior to preparing your application, you are strongly encouraged to:

  • Identify a mentor. This should be an investigator at Mayo Clinic who has extensive clinical or translational research experience, holds the academic rank of at least associate professor, and is willing to serve as your mentor.
  • Develop your research proposal. Your research project must meet National Institutes of Health (NIH) criteria for clinical or translational research and follow the format outlined on the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine intranet site (must be logged in to the Mayo Clinic network).

    Preference is given to projects that incorporate concepts of community-based participatory research and comparative effectiveness research. Plan to begin your project on or after July 1 of the year you apply for the award.

    Proposals, which are limited to five pages, should include a statistical section describing justification for sample size, power and data analysis plans associated with each aim.

    If applicable, you are strongly encouraged to seek epidemiological and statistical consultation regarding study design, measurement, data analysis, and sample size and power calculations through the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design Resource or your departmental contact in the Department of Health Sciences Research (must be logged in to the Mayo Clinic network).

Application components

  • A one-page cover letter describing your career plans and how this research experience (project) will enhance your career development
  • Your curriculum vitae and bibliography (if applicable)
  • A letter of support from your mentor
  • The NIH biographical sketch of your mentor
  • Your research proposal (see above)

Selection process

Applications will be reviewed by the CCaTS Education Resources Predoctoral Programs Committee. The research proposal component of your application will be reviewed and scored using an NIH-style scale and these research proposal review criteria.

You will be notified before June 1 as to the outcome of your application.