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Huntsman Cancer Institute makes a significant investment in recruiting early career faculty to the University of Utah (U of U) and mentoring them after their arrival. Recruitments are made in partnership with individual U of U academic departments. Each new faculty member is assigned 1-2 mentors to assist them with accessing resources and building collaborations. Early career faculty also have a number of campus-wide resources.

Huntsman Cancer Institute Career Development Opportunities

American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS-IRG)

Provides seed funds for early career faculty with a cancer focused project. Funding is provided from a broad set of disciplines including basic science, translational research, and population science. Each award cycle, four selected applicants will receive $30,000.

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Trainee Grant Repository

A collection of funded K & F grant applications written by trainees. If you are a current trainee applying for a K or F award, and want to see writing samples from funded applications, you may request to view them by contacting us.

University of Utah Career Development Opportunities

K12 Scholar Program

The K12 Scholar Program offers training for mentored research and career development support for clinical junior investigators. Its goal is to stimulate innovative research initiatives and career development. The program is tailored to the research and career development needs of each scholar and offers didactic education, mentored research, interdisciplinary works-in-progress seminars, and team-building experiences.

The overall goal is to foster translational research on clinically relevant questions enabling basic science findings to be more rapidly applied to clinical problems. The length of the program is 1-2 years.

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The CTSI K-Club is a monthly lunch meeting for early-career clinical and translational researchers. Each meeting features a speaker who is preparing a grant application or an independent research project proposal. The speaker presents to a group of peers and senior investigators and receives feedback. This is a safe environment for those early in their research careers to benefit from the expertise of senior investigators who want them to be successful. It also provides a venue for peer investigators to learn from each other. Senior faculty from U of U Health Sciences are regular participants.

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CTSI Peer Grant Review Program

The CTSI Peer Grant Review program accepts proposals from investigators conducting research at any point along the translational science spectrum aiming to improve the health of individuals and the public. NIH review criteria will be used to score each submission. Proposals will be assigned at least one reviewer. The goal of the CTSI Peer Grant Review program is to provide useful pre-submission feedback regarding the proposal’s strengths and weaknesses in order to aid the investigator in submitting the strongest application possible.

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R01 Writing Group

The R01 Writing Group is a comprehensive, 6-month program utilizing a multi-faceted approach to provide you with the tools and knowledge needed to write a successful R01 or equivalent application. Groups are run three times a year in preparation for each of the NIH submission dates. Critical components include: a grant proposal writing seminar, the establishment of interdisciplinary groups of up to 5 junior faculty with 1-2 senior faculty members with extensive success with NIH awards and study section reviewer experience as leaders, and access CTSI Grant Writing course resources.

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