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ITHS Translational Research Scholars Program

Translational Research Scholars Program Request for Applications

The Translational Research Scholars Program (TRSP) is a faculty career-development program that provides promising early stage investigators from the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region with a high-quality, targeted and structured career development package for one year.

The package includes research funding up to $10,000, mentoring, peer-to- peer feedback and expert review services.

Application Period Closed
Key Dates

  • Application Deadline
    October 30, 2017
  • Notification of Awards
    Early January, 2018
  • Program Start and End Dates
    March 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019

The Translational Research Scholars Program seeks to:

  • Increase the number of early stage investigators who are successful in submitting and obtaining K or R-series funding from the NIH
  • Promote retention of scholars in translational research

How we define clinical/translational research

The cohort will be 10 awardees representing a diversity of translational and clinical research within the WWAMI region.


Prospective Scholars

TRSP Scholars are highly promising early stage investigators from the WWAMI region who are conducting translational research. Applicants must be PI-eligible as designated by their institution.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Early stage investigators from WWAMI region ITHS partner institutions and universities are encouraged to apply. These institutions include:
    • Benaroya Research Institute, Boise State University, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Group Health Research Institute, Idaho State University, Montana State University, Seattle Children’s, University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Idaho, University of Montana , Montana State University, University of Washington, University of Wyoming, Washington State University, or other academic institutions in the WWAMI region
  • Eligible applicants will:
    • Be prepared to submit a K or R application by the end of the one year program
    • Have written department Chair/Dean (or equivalent position) commitment to provide 10-20% release time if selected
    • Have a primary mentor at time of application who will provide mentorship and constructive feedback during the program
    • Have a publication track record
    • Be pursuing research that has relevance to clinical and/or translational research
    • Be able to commit a minimum of 4 hours a week to programmatic activities
  • Applicants are ineligible if they have obtained R-series funding as a principal investigator.
  • Applicants with a current K award or preparing a K or R resubmission are eligible.
  • The program strongly encourages nominees from the entire WWAMI region. Strong consideration will be giving to applications outside the University of Washington.


The TRSP Program provides support up to $10,000 in research funds for one year.  Please review the NIH guidelines for allowable costs.

Schools/departments/divisions will be required to provide 10-20% release time for their selected scholars.  Non-UW institutions are responsible for indirect costs.

TRSP support is contingent upon continual scholar progress and compliance with ITHS directives, as well as continued support from the NCATS grant that funds the TL1 Program

Core Program
Core Program

  • K or R Submission Required Learning Activities and Assignments
    • Monthly activities and assignments are designed to lead to a submission of a K or R application by the end of the program.
  • Mentorship
    • A central component of the Translational Research Scholars Program is focused mentored research. The primary mentor identified in the application form must provide a letter of support, have research expertise and mentorship experience, and are expected to provide ongoing support and guidance to their scholars during the duration of the program. Mentors are required to:
      • Participate in selected program activities
      • Assist in K or R grant development including reviewing selected assignments
  • Monthly Teleconference Seminars
    • Scholars will have a monthly 90 minute seminars for didactic training, updates, and peer-to-to peer feedback.
    • Scholars will provide a Work-in-Progress (WIP) at scheduled intervals.
  • Grant Development
    • Scholars will provide feedback on aims and significance and innovation to assigned group members.
    • Expert reviewers will provide additional feedback on aims and significance and innovation.
  • Face-to-Face Meeting (Travel will be provided to Scholars outside of Seattle area.)
    • Scholars will participate in at least one face-to-face meeting to enhance interactions amongst Scholars and provide grant development training.


Scholars are expected to:

  • Commit to a minimum of 4 hours a week to scholar activities.
  • Complete monthly assignments. Selected assignments will be reviewed by their mentor.
  • Submit a K or R grant by March 2019.
  • Attend face-to-face meetings and complete any additional required training.

How to Apply
How to Apply
Key Dates

All materials, including the Letters of Recommendation, must be received by 11:59 p.m. on October 30, 2017.

  • Application Deadline
    October 30, 2017
  • Notification of Awards
    Early January, 2018
  • Program Start and End Dates
    March 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019

Step 1. Obtain Letters of Recommendation
Letters should be submitted online though the LOR form

You will need two letters of recommendation:

  • Must include statement of commitment to provide 10%-20% release time for applicant to participate in the program

  • Must outline role and commitment to the applicant
  • Must address relevant experience in research and mentoring

Applicants: Please direct people submitting letters for you to the Letter Submission Form as early as possible. All letters of recommendation are due on October 30, 2017.

You can either:

1. Copy the following link and deliver it any way you’d like (e.g. Craft your own email).
– OR –
2. Enter a few details into a form, and we’ll send the link to them for you.

Visit the form

Step 2. Complete the following items prior to accessing the online application
Combine items 3-6 into a single PDF file, and complete the application form.

  • How will the Translational Research Scholars Program benefit your career development?
  • How will the program facilitate submission of your grant proposal?
  • What are your longer term (next 5 years) translational and/or clinical research goals?

  • Describe your proposed research project for your K or R-series application
  • Include the following sections in your proposal:
    • Specific Aims
    • Significance
    • Innovation
    • Approach
    • Translational Impact

  • Detail your plans for use of up to $10,000 in research funds

Step 3. Complete the online application form
Frequently Asked Questions

Translational Research Scholars Program

Are basic science researchers eligible to apply?

Yes. The translational science spectrum represents each stage of research along the path from the biological basis of health and disease to interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public. It includes basic, pre-clinical, clinical, clinical implementation and public health research. Learn more about translational science.

Are post-doctoral fellows eligible to apply?

No. Applicants must have a faculty appointment at UW or ITHS partner institutions in the WWAMI region.

How long is the program?

The program is one year starting March 1, 2018 and ending February 28, 2019.

How many scholars will be selected?

We hope to select up to 10 scholars.

What is the type and amount of funding provided to each scholar?

ITHS will support up to $10,000 in research funds for one year.
Review the NIH guidelines for allowable costs

In addition, the school/department/division agrees to provide 10-20% release time for their selected scholars. (This must be stated in the letter of support.)

Are investigators working on translational research globally eligible for this award?

Yes. The program does support research outside the United States and investigators with a focus on global health. Investigators conducting research outside the USA are still expected to meet the participation requirements.

What is a resource sharing plan, and am I required to submit one?

NIH considers the sharing of unique research resources developed through NIH-sponsored research an important means to enhance the value and further the advancement of research. When resources have been developed with NIH funds and the associated research findings published or provided to NIH, it is important that the results be made readily available for research purposes to qualified individuals within the scientific community.

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