Q: Is this a rolling admissions program? Is it to my benefit to apply early?
A: The hard deadline for complete applications is March 9, 2018 at 5 pm CST. Applications will not be reviewed until after that date however you are welcome to submit before that date. Incomplete applications will not be accepted past this date.
Q: Would you like letters of recommendation separately or as part of a full application?
A: It is preferred that you include both letters of recommendation with you full application PDF. However if your recommenders prefer to send it to us directly, you will not be penalized. Your recommender will receive confirmation when their letter is received and the applicant will receive confirmation when we have received their completed application.
Q: Whom should the recommendation letters be addressed to?
A: You can address the recommendation letters to the “MTIS Review Committee”
Q: Which version of the biosketch should I use?
A: Please use the most recent (Forms D) non-fellowship NIH Biosketch. You can find instructions and template here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm
Q: What are the formatting requirements for the concept paper?
A: Concept papers should follow the recommended page limits and should use Size 11 font; Arial, Caibri with .5 -inch margins.
Q: What are the expectations of my institution?
A: Your home institution must:
- Commit to support the time and effort not included with this award (the remaining 25% effort, not covered by this award)
- Have an on-site mentor in your substantive area of expertise, with a track record of external grant support from NIH or other funding
- Be able to support the logistics of your grant submission and have capacity to manage awarded grants
Q: What is the citizenship requirement for the MTIS Program?
A: Due to NIH requirements, MTIS Scholars must be US Citizens, noncitizen national, or been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Cart (I-151 or I-155) at the time of appointment.
Q: Is it required that my identified research mentor be employed at my institution? Would it be possible to identify someone at a neighboring institution that has a relationship with my institution?
A: As we review applications, we will carefully consider the strength of applicants’ relationships with their mentors. Mentors must be readily and easily accessible to scholars at a “home institution” for mentoring scientific skills, especially skills for writing grant applications. Therefore applicants must demonstrate the commitment of a mentor through either an extensive past relationship or, in the case of a recent relationship, a letter of commitment from the mentor. Applicants and mentors can make a case for working together although at separate institutions. However if the scientific (substantive) mentor is at a different institution than the scholar, the scholar also must have a second mentor—one at the home institution who will provide grant writing guidance and support.
Q: What is the difference between a home mentor and a MTIS mentor?
A: Home or local mentors provide support for the scholars in grant writing and scholarly publication. Local mentors need not be an expert in D&I, but will need to have a successful record of funding to support trainees in grant-writing fundamentals. The MTIS Mentor will provide specific feedback on the D&I science of the scholar’s work and will work with assisting the scholars with decisions regarding their D&I pilot studies and NIH grant proposals. MTIS mentors meet with their scholar every month to assess the progress of the scholar’s work, address D&I concerns and monitor the development of the scholar’s D&I research proposal. MTIS mentors will work with the scholars for the 2-3 years of their training, whereas local mentors can have longer mentor-mentee relationships with the scholars.
PRIOR D&I EXPERIENCE
Q: I have some level of prior experience/expertise in implementation science/research. Do I qualify to be an MTIS Scholar?
A: We welcome applications from individuals who desire to shape and advance a research career in D&I research. We also welcome applications at a variety of levels of previous experience in D&I. You will need to demonstrate at least a base-line knowledge of D&I science within your concept paper (required with your application to the program).
Q: Am I required to complete a degree program as part of my Training?
A: We expect that scholars may enter the program with different skill levels. If you feel that a degree will advance your research and/or be beneficial to your career, we encourage you to peruse a degree program.
Q: Does this Program provide salaries for the Scholars?
A: Yes, the MTIS Program will support 75% effort up to $100,000. In addition, each scholar will receive $30,000 to be used to support their research, tuition, and travel to scientific conferences.
Q: How does the MTIS experience differ or relate to a fellowship training completed as a period of formalized medical training, which a physician may undertake after completing a specialty training program / residency?
A: MTIS is not designed to advance a physician’s skills as a medical provider. It is intended for scientists who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship, and seek a vehicle for furthering their advanced training in research skills for new knowledge development. MTIS expedites Scholar’s ability to work on their own initiated research projects with identified advisers. Awards are offered to a limited number of persons of outstanding ability who wish to make research a significant component of their career. The MTIS Program targets “early” and “mid-career” researchers.