Clinical Research Scholars Program

Purpose

The Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP) is a mentored research career development program for CCTR investigators. The program objective is to support junior faculty in the development of successful clinical, translational and outcomes research at Seattle Children’s. This goal is accomplished through a structured program of mentoring by dedicated CRSP Faculty, educational seminars, and financial support.

CRSP supports career development in a wide range of pediatric research areas, including the mechanisms and treatment of diseases of children, as well as research related to areas such as patient safety and quality improvement. The proposal must involve human subjects research. 

Note: Projects with international components will not be funded at this time. Specifically, research projects involving recruitment of participants, prospective collection of data or transfer of funds abroad are not eligible. Studies using existing data collected abroad are allowed if there is no transfer of funds abroad.

CRSP is administered by Program Director Dr. Joseph Flynn; and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) Business Office.

The CRSP Program Manager is Amanda Hartman, PhD. Please email the Program Manager with any questions about CRSP or your other research funding inquiries. Your financial point of contact should be your assigned Grants & Contracts Administrator (GCA). If you do not know who your GCA is, please contact the Program Manager or CCTR@seattlechildrens.org.

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Rank of acting instructor, acting assistant professor or assistant professor*
  • Primary member of the CCTR. Future grant applications must be submitted through CCTR
  • Standard path: Seattle Children’s based clinician-educator or clinician-clinician track*
  • Intensive path: Seattle Children’s based junior faculty, generally in physician-scientist track
  • Applicant’s Division Chief must guarantee:
    • Standard: Minimum 30% FTE (10% from CCTR up to $25,769** salary & fringe maximum set by NIH cap and your existing 20% protected academic time from division/department/SCH)
    • Intensive: Minimum 50% FTE (25% from CCTR up to $64,424** salary & fringe maximum set by the NIH cap and your existing 25% protected research time from division/department)
  • A primary mentor must be identified, with willingness to mentor demonstrated in a letter of support.
  • The applicant should propose career development in pediatric clinical, translational or outcomes research that includes human subjects research (Research involving a living individual about whom data or biospecimens are obtained/used/studied/analyzed through interaction/intervention, or identifiable, private information is used/studied/analyzed/generated).
  • CRSP awards are intended to support the direct costs of research at Seattle Children’s. Indirect costs are not allowed. CRSP awards should not be used to fund work occurring at an external institution. This includes staff or employees outside of Seattle Children’s. Subcontracts will not be approved. If the required expertise to complete your project is not offered at Seattle Children’s, this must be discussed with Program Directors and pre-approved by CCTR Business Office before final application submission.
  • Projects with International components will not be funded at this time. Specifically, research projects involving recruitment of participants, prospective collection of data, or transfer of funds abroad are not allowed. Studies using existing data collected abroad are allowed so long as there is no transfer of funds abroad.

*If not yet appointed as a faculty member, a letter from the division head/department chair should be supplied stating the date of appointment will commence at or before the time that CRSP funding begins.

**Salaries may be subject to change based on updated 2022 NIH salary cap.

Path Details

CRSP has two paths, standard and intensive. Both paths are two years in duration, contingent on successful Year 1 completion. They share a common program of educational seminars and mentoring, but have different expectations of the Scholar, requirements for protected time and financial support.

Comparison of Standard and Intensive Paths

 Details

 Standard Path

 Intensive Path

 Eligibility

  • Full (primary) CCTR membership
  • Junior faculty in clinician-educator track
  • Full (primary) CCTR membership
  • Junior faculty, generally in physician-scientist track

Required protected time and salary support

Minimum 30% FTE (10% from CCTR and the existing 20% protected time from division/department/SCH) and up to $25,769** salary plus fringe per year, limited to the NIH salary cap

Minimum 50% FTE (25% from CCTR and 25% match from division/department) and up to $64,424** salary plus fringe per year, limited to the NIH salary cap

Research/career development financial support

Up to $10,000 annually (e.g. tuition, travel, IRB fees, biostatistics, research coordinator, etc.)

Up to $20,000 annually (e.g. tuition, travel, IRB fees, biostatistics, research coordinator, etc.)

Duration of participation

2 years

*Year 2 is contingent on successful Year 1 completion

 2 years

*Year 2 is contingent on successful Year 1 completion

Common components

  • Educational seminars
  • Works-in-progress seminars
  • Mentoring
  • Educational seminars
  • Works-in-progress seminars
  • Mentoring

Expectations of scholar at program completion

Co-PI or PI on an extramural award

K-series, equivalent independent career development award, or extramural award

**Salaries may be subject to change based on updated 2022 NIH salary cap.

Letter of Intent

The purpose of the letter of intent is to help CCTR plan for the anticipated number and type of CRSP applications and yield quality finalized CRSP applications that have been fully developed. Letters of intent are due one month prior to the final application deadline. Final applications will not be accepted unless a letter of intent was submitted by the LOI deadline. Letters of intent are non-binding (i.e., applicants may choose not to submit a full application.)

Key Dates

Please visit the CRSP Application Page in CHILD for precise dates

RFA Release in January
Letter of Intent Due March
Biostats Consultation Due April
Budget Draft Due April
Full Application Due May
Award Announcement By End of July
Project Initiation Period July 1 – Sept 30th
IRB Approved By Sept 30th
1st Mentor Meeting Completed By Sept 30th
Funding Begins October 1st

For more Information and how to apply

If you would like to see a successful CRSP application example or have additional questions, please reach out to the CRSP program manager, Amanda Hartman or at CRSP@seattlechildrens.org.

To apply to the program, please visit the CRSP Application Page in CHILD to find the CRSP overview guidelines with updated terms and conditions, due dates, and application forms.