The Selection Committee will accept and review applications from junior and mid-career faculty or senior mentees (post-docs) who have not yet been a PI on an NIH R01 or equivalent grant, but are eligible for NIH funding (either a research or career development award). The selection committee actively encourages applications from previous attendees of the ERRIS/TIGRR workshop, especially if they are close to submitting a grant or have submitted a grant and need mentoring in fine-tuning the revised application. The Committee will base its decisions in large part on the scientific quality and potential of the applicant’s proposed research, the letters from the applicant’s sponsor (Program Supervisor or Department Head) and the potential for configuring a quality home institution mentorship team (or arrangements and coordination of mentorship outside of their home institution). The letters will be scrutinized for the information they supply about the candidate, the assurances they provide about the candidate’s potential for success in research, and the sponsors’ (both mentor and institution) support for the candidate’s research career. Thus, a letter from a mentor from the applicant's home institution is important and should address the applicant's interactions with the mentor.
The following are specific selection criteria:
- Junior or mid-career faculty or senior mentees in any rehabilitation discipline at a US Academic Institution. In unusual circumstances, a senior individual who is embarking on a research career change will be considered. On occasion, we will consider exceptional and relevant foreign applicants with unique expertise that would allow them to apply for NIH funding consistent with NIH guidelines.
- Nomination by a Department Chair, Division Head, or Program Director who can assure that the candidate will be able to prepare for the Workshop, participate fully during the Workshop, and, if successful, complete the research or research training as specified in the research proposal.
- Letter of Support from your Research Faculty Mentor at your home institution. It should include information regarding your potential as an academic and as a researcher, adequacy of training and research experience to be competitive for an NIH or equivalent grant, and your mentor’s qualifications and plan of supporting you in writing and submitting your proposal.
- Development of a research concept sheet according to specified guidelines to include background, literature review, specific aims, hypotheses, and methodology outline. Accepted participants must agree to complete this preparatory work prior to the Workshop. Our experience with TIGRR is that candidates are very motivated to do this.
- Special consideration will be given to proposals that add a focus on mechanisms or translation, demonstrate affiliations between successful NIH-funded research programs and traditional rehabilitation disciplines, show collaboration among basic and clinical researchers, attract new talented investigators into the field, encourage successful researchers to add a rehabilitation focus, apply new investigative technologies to rehabilitation, and/or show collaboration across disciplines.
- The Committee will seek a group of mentees who have excellent training, have made outstanding progress in their field, have demonstrated high motivation and the potential for success in rehabilitation research, and come from a diverse group of institutions and disciplines.
- We encourage applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.