Applications are now open for the VPCAT Research Scholars Program. The VPCAT Program is a competitive, 2-year mentoring program that offers intensive mentorship and support to primarily Instructor or Assistant Professor-level faculty members from all colleges and schools within the Health Sciences and the College of Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS). Applicants should be engaged in clinical and translational research and aspire to achieve research independence as a principal investigator.
Prospective VPCAT scholars are expected to have a clearly defined research interest, an identified scientific mentor, and a plan to apply for extramural funding during their time in the program. Ideal candidates are early-career faculty in at least their second or third year at the University of Utah, with one or more original research publications with their scientific mentor.
A mentoring team consisting of the scientific mentor, a VPCAT senior mentor, peer mentors, and staff mentors support each VPCAT Scholar. Our structured curriculum is designed to provide leadership competencies and develop the essential knowledge and practical skills to be an effective principal investigator. Scholars are supported with access to the Utah CCTS Population Health Research (PHR) Foundation Cores as well as grant submission specialists. These resources facilitate appropriate study design, collection of pilot data, and the preparation and submission of highly competitive grant applications.
Please share this information with faculty who may be interested in and benefit from the program.