Internal Competition Completed


Principal Investigators Selected
  • Joanna Burdette is authorized to submit, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Program Summary

Program Summary

The purpose of the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Program is to develop a diverse group of highly trained biomedical and behavioral scientists to address the Nation’s biomedical workforce needs. The strategy is to promote effective partnerships between research-intensive institutions (RII) and institutions that have a historical mission or a demonstrated commitment to educating students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise of the nation. The IRACDA program provides support for a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience at an RII combined with an opportunity for these fellows to develop critical academic skills, including teaching, through workshops and through mentored teaching assignments at a partner institution. The primary goals of the IRACDA program are to (1) develop a group of highly trained biomedical and behavioral scientists who have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue independent research and teaching careers in academia; and (2) strengthen and modernize science educational offerings at partner institutions, and promote links between RII and the partner institution(s).

 

Goals and Objectives

The primary goals of the IRACDA program are to (1) develop a group of highly trained biomedical scientists who have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue independent research and teaching careers in academia; and (2) enhance science educational offerings at partner institutions, and promote links between RIIs and partner institutions through research and teaching collaborations. The specific objectives of this initiative are to:

  • Develop the research, teaching, and other skills that are needed by postdoctoral scholars in order to conduct high-quality research and pursue an independent research and teaching career in an academic environment;
  • Foster the development of research-oriented science curricula, using contemporary teaching strategies, at partner institutions; and
  • Promote links between RIIs and partner institutions that can lead to further collaborations in faculty research and student training.

 

Program Elements

The IRACDA mechanism provides support for the design of a creative and innovative research career development program that combines a traditional mentored research experience at an RII with an opportunity to develop teaching and other academic skills, such as problem solving, communication, time management, and grant writing, as well as opportunities for career development through workshops and mentored assignments at a partner institution. The program promotes effective partnership between an RII and partner institution(s), and encourages innovative solutions to the problems of attracting and training postdoctoral candidates in both research and academic skills and of increasing educational opportunities for students at partner institutions.

The IRACDA Program recognizes that combining research and teaching in a single career development program offers certain challenges. Designing a program that moves a postdoctoral scholar between partners of a consortium offers other challenges. Therefore, the application must provide strong evidence of a solid working relationship among partners of the consortium and must include plans that anticipate and mitigate the challenges. The application should involve all partners in the planning and execution of the various elements of the career development program. The following should be considered and addressed in planning and design of an IRACDA program:

  • Geographic location of the participating institutions;
  • The academic environment, including the curricular content and quality, and opportunities for developing new courses, or revising/updating existing courses, in the biomedical sciences at the partner institution(s);
  • Student demographics, including the number of underrepresented students at the partner institution(s) that go on to complete the Ph.D. degree in biomedical sciences;
  • Faculty demographics, including the number of faculty who have externally funded research programs at the partner institution(s) and the status of their existing collaborations with faculty at RIIs;
  • Pool of research mentors and postdoctoral scholars at the RII who may be interested in participating in the combined research and academic career development program; and
  • Institutional track record of scholars in the traditional postdoctoral research program at the RII in publishing, grant writing, and obtaining research and teaching positions.

Applicant institutions have wide latitude in the design of the program. However, career development activities, which should last two to four years (see below), must include the following three elements that sum to K12 participants dedicated 100% effort to this appointment:

  • A mentored research experience that is typical of other competitive postdoctoral opportunities. The research mentor will sponsor and oversee the proposed research development program and will ensure that the candidate receives the proper guidance and mentoring for a future independent research career. The candidate may conduct collaborative research with other experienced researchers, subject to approval of the mentor. Approximately 9 person-months (75% of full-time professional effort) of the effort must be spent on this activity.
  • A mentored teaching experience, the practicum of which will take place at a partner institution.
  • Other mentored and/or didactic experiences to improve critical academic skills (e.g., problem-solving, communication, time management, and grant writing) and provide career development opportunities that are deemed important for an individual to prosper in an academic environment. Approximately 3 person-months (25% of full-time professional effort) of the effort must be spent on mentored teaching and other mentored and/or didactic experiences, the timing of which may be flexible over the duration of the award.

 

 

Application Limits

Application Limits

University is limited to one proposal.

Additional Information

Deadlines

UIC Letter of Intent
April 10, 2017
UIC Internal Competition
TBD
Sponsor Letter of Intent
N/A
Sponsor Application
September 19, 2017

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent (LOI) Form

 

Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.

 

Please contact Natalia Glubisz at RDS@uic.edu or 312-996-8348 with any questions.

 

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