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Edge Funding

K12 Universe

Programs typically offer three years of supportand protect 75% of a faculty member’s time for research
VUMC hosts eight faculty career development programs. Most progress to an individual K award (K01, K08, K23, VA CDA, etc.) or go straight to R01-level funding.

All scholars on career development programs join the Elliot Newman Society and receive access to Edge for Scholars resources such as Edge Reviewsgrant pacing workshops, and the monthly Newman Society seminars.

Scholars are also encouraged to make use of VICTR resources, including StudiosBiostatistics Clinics, and vouchers/pilot funding.

 

PROGRAMS

mentor notes

K12 directors may view applications and select scholars from VFRS recruitment.

To add your K12 to the list, email Rebecca Helton.

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Focuses on sex and gender biology. Our scholars have discovered mechanisms of gender disparities in survival of acute respiratory distress and sepsis, hormonal influence on T-cell function in determining asthma severity and treatment response, need for gender and race/ethnicity tailoring in dialysis care, and sex/gender differences in resistance to Alzheimer’s. Weekly work-in-progress sessions promote scholarly productivity.

Applications are received through the yearly VUMC Faculty Research Scholars application process in February as well as at other times of the year should vacancies arise. Scholars are seated on a rolling basis as current scholars receive extramural awards and come off the program.

PI: Dr. Amy Major, & Dr. Digna Velez-Edwards
Program Manager: Adrienne Babcock

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Focuses on intense research experiences in the pathogenesis and basic mechanisms of childhood disease that can be translated to new therapies, including vaccines. Our scholars focus on the full range of basic and translational research projects designed to ultimately advance the care of children. Monthly meetings with the training directors focus on academic leadership skills, peer mentoring and effective lab management.

Applications are received on a rolling basis through the Department of Pediatrics K12 Mentored Research Scholars Program application process. Scholars are seated on a rolling basis as current scholars receive extramural awards. All remain eligible to attend activities as alumni.

PI: Dr. Stephen Webber
Training Directors: Dr. Michael DeBaun & Dr. Mark Denison

Program Manager: Karen Hagan

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Supports MD physician-scientists in surgical or procedure-based specialties focused on discovery science.  Projects have included molecular drivers responsible for migration of glioblastoma cells to the brain’s subventricular zone and how oxidative stress leads to fibrotic disease in Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Options for 50-75% protected time and program-based loan repayment. Applications are accepted in February.

PI: Dr. James Goldenring
Program Manager: Dr. Amy Martinez

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Trains physicians in patient-oriented cancer research, which can but does not require a laboratory component. Prior funded projects translate basic/clinical/behavioral information into patient-oriented research such as the study of DNA damage, infection and carcinogenesis, tumor and germline genomics, health policy, pharmacogenomics and molecular foundations of carcinogenesis. Completion of MSCI or MPH degree while in program is encouraged. Applications are accepted in February, with positions beginning July 1.

PIs: Dr. W. Kimryn Rathmell & Dr. Debra Friedman
Program Manager: Lucy Shaffer

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Vanderbilt’s internal career development award. Faculty scholars are competitively selected across all disciplines and degree types for merit and innovation of their science. Stepping stone to NIH/CTSA KL2 career development award and/or individual K. Weekly work-in-progress supplements mentored training.

Surveys of intent to submit for each year’s application season must be received by January 15 of each year. (Request survey of intent.) Applications, which follow the format of an individual K award, are due February 15. Scholars who apply to VFRS may be considered for other K12 programs if their work fits a program’s focus and requirements.

Applications are ranked by the selection committee in March and scholars are seated on a rolling basis as current scholars receive extramural awards and come off the program.

PI: Dr. Julie Bastarache
Program Manager: Rebecca Helton

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A K12-like award from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences whose research is clinical, translational with a focus on human tissue, genetic or epidemiologic. Internal VFRS scholars are eligible for placement on this program when a current scholar vacates one of the six chairs.

PI: Dr. Julie Bastarache
Program Manager: Rebecca Helton

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Email the Edge team at info@edgeforscholars.org
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Associate Professor

Department
Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology
Award Type
  • R01

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Department
Orthopaedic Surgery & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Award Type
  • DOD

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Department
Medicine/Genetic Medicine
Award Type
  • New Investigator Award

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Department
Medicine/Division of Rheumatology and Immunology
Award Type
  • K08



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