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Indiana Pediatric Scientist K12 Award

The Indiana Pediatric Scientist Award offers salary support for pediatric junior faculty physician scientists at IU School of Medicine in order to increase their ability to become independent investigators. The IU School of Medicine program is funded by the National Institutes of Health through the Child Health Research Career Development Award Program, K12 grant. The award is available to pediatricians with an MD degree who have completed postgraduate residency training. The position is a faculty appointment, not a fellowship or extension of a fellowship position. However, applicants may be appointed to the program in the final research year of subspecialty fellowship training if the fellowship provides basic science training.

Award Requirements

Recipients of the Indiana Pediatric Scientist Award must dedicate 75 percent of their time to research. Program participation consists of a minimum of two consecutive 12-month appointments, renewable in annual increments, for up to three years. Renewal is at the discretion of the program director and contingent upon presentation of evidence of satisfactory progress as determined by the Advisory Committee.

Some individuals who are interested in the K12 program may have had a career hiatus because of family responsibilities, uniformed service or other circumstances. For such individuals, the hiatus will not count against the four-year limit specified above. New Scholar appointments may be made any time during the year.

Applicants should not currently or previously be a principle investigator on a R01, R29, U01/U10 project; a subproject of a Program Project (P01); center (P50, P60, U54) grant; or individual mentored or non-mentored career development award (e.g., K01, K02, K08, K22, K23, K24, K25, K99). Individuals who are or were principle investigators on NIH Small Grants (such as R03s) or Exploratory/Developmental Grants (such as R21s) may be eligible for this award if they meet the other eligibility requirements.

Award Benefits

The Indiana Pediatric Scientist Award K12 grant provides a maximum support of $75,000 in salary and fringe combined, chargeable to the NIH grant. The division where the scholar is appointed is expected to cost share the balance to ensure that 75 percent of the scholar’s effort is devoted to the K12 grant. In addition to the $75,000 supported directly by the grant annually, the K12 allocates $19,000 for other support with $3,000 in travel for the scholar and $16,000 in other cost (lab supplies, lab techs, tuition/fees, data service support, etc).

Mentors

Mentorship is an important component of the Indiana Pediatric Scientist Award. Program participants may identify a mentor of their choice or are assigned one based on their research experience, intended project, and need for intensive supervision and support.

Pediatric and non-pediatric faculty are invited to be research mentors. Mentors must meet all criteria as an NIH R01equivalent funded investigator at the Associate Professor level or above with a demonstrated history of successful past trainees. Mentors must hold a senior faculty position, be supported by NIH or other competitively awarded grants, and be an acknowledged expert in the application of new advances in basic science or translational research. Mentors must be willing to make available their laboratory facility to their mentee and be willing to interact closely with the mentee to develop a career development plan. They must also possess basic science expertise and experience and have experience in mentoring and training.

Current Mentors

Hal E. Broxmeyer, PhD

Hal E. Broxmeyer, PhD

Distinguished Professor
D. W. Clapp, MD

D. W. Clapp, MD

Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Kenneth G. Cornetta, MD

Kenneth G. Cornetta, MD

Professor of Clinical Medical & Molecular Genetics
Loren J. Field, PhD

Loren J. Field, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Anthony B. Firulli, PhD

Anthony B. Firulli, PhD

Carleton Buehl McCulloch Professor of Pediatrics
Theresa A. Guise, MD

Theresa A. Guise, MD

Jerry W. and Peggy S. Throgmartin Professor of Oncology
Mark R. Kelley, MS,  PhD

Mark R. Kelley, MS, PhD

Betty and Earl Herr Professor of Pediatric Oncology Research
Raghu G. Mirmira, MD, PhD

Raghu G. Mirmira, MD, PhD

Director, Diabetes Research Center
Jamie L. Renbarger, MD,  MS

Jamie L. Renbarger, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Simon J. Rhodes, PhD

Simon J. Rhodes, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Cellular & Integrative Physiology
Weinian Shou, PhD

Weinian Shou, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics
Michael Sturek, MS,  PhD

Michael Sturek, MS, PhD

Chair, Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology
Mervin C. Yoder, MA,  MD

Mervin C. Yoder, MA, MD

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Leadership

The Advisory Committee is comprised of three physician-scientists from outside of the Department of Pediatrics and physician-scientists from within the department with research interests relevant to the applicant.

D. W. Clapp, MD

D. W. Clapp, MD

Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Laura S. Haneline, MD

Laura S. Haneline, MD

Edwin L. Gresham Professor of Pediatrics
Jamie L. Renbarger, MD,  MS

Jamie L. Renbarger, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Pediatrics