Internal Competition Completed

Principal Investigators Selected
  • Tabatha Wells is authorized to submit, Family Medicine

Program Summary

Program Summary

The purpose of this program is to strengthen the primary care workforce by training and supporting physicians, physician assistants, dentists, and dental hygienists who plan to teach in the primary care fields. The goal of this program is to provide career development awards to junior faculty to support the development of future clinician educator faculty and leaders in primary care medicine and dentistry while also supporting innovative projects that involve the transformation of health care delivery systems. Awards are made to successful applicants to support one identified individual junior faculty candidate for the five-year award.

NOTE: Applicant organization must provide protected time ( at least 60 percent FTE) to the candidate for their proposed project and for career development activities. 

Applications for this opportunity will focus on the training and support of primary care medicine and dentistry junior faculty who plan to teach in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, physician assistant education programs, general dentistry, pediatric dentistry or dental public health.

Candidates who are Junior Faculty must:

  • Propose a clinician educator project aimed at enhancing primary care medicine or dentistry training. Projects MUST focus on enhancing training or educational programs in one of the following six focus areas: 1) integrating behavioral health and primary care; 2) integrating oral health and primary care; 3) health workforce diversity; 4) training for rural practice; 5) addressing social determinants of health; or 6) training for vulnerable populations. Applications that do not address one of these six focus areas will be deemed ineligible.
  •  Propose a career development plan that will position him/her for an academic career teaching in primary care medicine and/or dentistry.
  •  Act as the Project Director for the grant award.

Eligible junior faculty candidates (Project Directors/Principal Investigators) are identified individuals who are applying to HRSA for a clinician educator faculty award through the applicant organization. Candidates must hold a non-tenured faculty appointment (i.e., be a junior faculty such as instructor or assistant professor) before the award is made. The faculty appointment must not be contingent on receipt of the award.

To be eligible to receive a clinician educator career development award, a candidate must:

A. Have a health professional degree (DDS, DMD, Dental Hygiene, PA, or MD/DO).

B. Be board certified or board eligible in internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, physician assistant, or be a licensed dentist or dental hygienist.

C. Have a non-tenured faculty appointment at an accredited school of allopathic or osteopathic medicine, physician assistant training program, dental school, or dental hygiene school.

D. Be within 10 years of having graduated from a physician assistant or dental hygiene training program, a dental school, or from having completed a medical/dental residency, or from having completed a post-professional degree.

  • For medicine applicants, candidates must have completed a primary care residency program. Physician assistant junior faculty must have a strong record of working in primary care settings.

E. Are U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or are lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., hold a “green card.”)

At the time of award, the candidate must have a full-time appointment at the organization. All required qualifications must be reflected in the candidate’s submitted biographical sketch. Candidates are required to commit a minimum of 60 percent of full-time professional effort to their primary care training and career development activities.

Funding Preference: This announcement includes a funding preference (section 791(a)(1) of the PHS Act). The funding preference applies only to organizations applying on behalf of a physician or physician assistant junior faculty candidate. Organizations applying on behalf of a dentist or dental hygienist junior faculty candidate are not eligible for the funding preference. The funding preference is for organizations that:

a) demonstrate a high rate for placing graduates in Medically Underserved Communities;

b) demonstrate a significant increase in the rate of placing graduates in Medically Underserved Communities settings over the preceding 2 years; or

c) are new programs as defined in this FOA.


Funding Priorities: This announcement includes seven (7) funding priorities (Section 748 of the PHS Act) for which applicants may apply. The funding priorities apply only to organizations applying on behalf of a dentist or dental hygienist junior faculty candidate. Organizations applying on behalf of physician or physician assistant junior faculty candidate are not eligible for the funding priorities. The instructions and criteria for each funding priority are provided in Section V.2 of the sponsor’s guidelines.


Funding: Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $200,000 per year to support salary, fringe benefits, and primary care training and career development activities. At least 30% of the total award must go to the primary care training and career development activity (ies). This ceiling amount includes both direct and indirect costs.




Application Limits

Application Limits

University is limited to one proposal.

Additional Information


UIC Letter of Intent
January 4, 2017
UIC Internal Competition
Please note due to the deadline, internal letters of intent and attachments will be peer reviewed.
Sponsor Letter of Intent
Sponsor Application
February 13, 2017

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent


Letter of Intent (LOI) Form


In addition to the online LOI form, please also attach the following: 


1. Project Overview (2 page single spaced)

  • Name of candidate nd their relevant health profesional degree
  • Which Focus Area the primary care training proposal is centered around (1. integrating behavioral health an dprimary care 2. integrating oral health and primary care 3. health workforce diversity 4. training for rural practice 5. addressing social determinants of health or 6. training for vulnerable populations.
  • List the specific, measurable objectives the project will accomplish (i.e. the "who, what when, where, why and how")
  • Briefly describe how the proposed project will be accomplished
  • Clearly name which Funding Preference and Priorities are being requested, if applicabl
  • Describe prior training and how it relates to the objectives and long-term career plans of the candidate
  • Provide evidence of the candidate's potential to develop into a clinician educator/faculty leader.
  • Describe the candidate's committment to a career in primary care medicine or dentistry clinical education. 

Please contact Natalia Glubisz at or 312-996-8348 with any questions.

If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact for further information.


WARNING: THIS LOI REQUIRES ATTACHMENTS. This is a 3 step process. Applicant must (1) Click 'Choose File' to upload; (2) Click 'Upload File' to upload the file (3) Click 'Submit' button. 

REMINDER: Once you have selected your file, please make sure to click 'Upload' button in order to upload the file to your application. Failure to do so means you will not be submitting a complete package and it will be rejected and not reviewed.