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Reminder: Request for Applications for the 2024-2025 Scholar Cohort of the Vice President’s Clinical & Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program

Important Dates

  • Virtual VPCAT Application Workshop: Friday, September 1, 2023 from 4:00-5:00 pm; to register, email Erin Wachs
  • Online Application Due Date: Friday, September 29, 2023 by 5:00 pm MST via Competition Space (no late applications accepted)

We are inviting junior faculty committed to clinical or translational research careers to apply for the 2024-2025 Cohort of the Vice President’s Clinical and Translational (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 Colleges of Mines & Earth Sciences, Social & Behavioral Science, and Social Work. Interested applicants who are not members of the colleges mentioned earlier should contact Erin Wachs regarding eligibility.

VPCAT leverages institutional resources to augment departmental and college resources in support of junior faculty engaged in clinical and translational research using a multi-level Matrix Mentoring Model that includes self, scientific, peer, senior, and staff mentorship. A mentoring team consisting of a scientific mentor, a VPCAT senior mentor, peer mentors, and staff mentors support each VPCAT scholar. VPCAT has a structured curriculum that provides leadership competencies and essential knowledge and practical skills to be an effective principal investigator. In addition, VPCAT supports scholars’ access to the Utah Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Translational Research: Implementation, Analysis, & Design (TRIAD) Cores, educational opportunities, and a senior research manager. These resources facilitate appropriate study design, pilot data collection, and preparation/submission of highly competitive grant applications.

A prospective VPCAT scholar should be engaged in clinical and translational research and aspire to achieve research independence as a principal investigator. VPCAT expects applicants to have a clearly defined research interest, an identified scientific mentor, and a plan to apply for extramural funding during their program tenure. Ideal candidates are early-stage faculty beyond their 1st year at their institution, with preferably one or more original research publications with their scientific mentor. For more information and tips for writing an excellent application, we are holding a virtual VPCAT Application Workshop for eligible prospective applicants on Friday, September 1, 2023 from 4:00-5:00 pm. To register, email Erin Wachs.

Please visit our website for further details, including applicant eligibility criteria, instructions, review criteria, example applications, and program overviews and requirements. All applications are due by Friday, September 29, 2023, at 5:00 pm MST via Competition Space, and we will not accept late applications. Over October 2023, VPCAT senior mentors and VPCAT Alumni Advisory Board members review and score applications adhering to our review criteria. We release selection notifications by November 3, 2023. All accepted applicants must attend the mandatory in-person 1 ½-day VPCAT Orientation and Capstone on Monday, December 11, 2023 and Tuesday, December 12, 2023. On the evening of Monday, December 11, 2023 from 6:00-9:00 pm, we will host the VPCAT Soirée with an invited keynote speaker at Red Butte Garden’s Richard K. Hemingway Orangerie. Scholars begin the program on January 1, 2024, and graduate as of December 31, 2025.

If you have questions about the VPCAT Program or faculty eligibility, please email Erin Wachs or the VPCAT Director, Dr. Michael Rubin.