Clinical Research Scholars Program

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 as long as there is no transfer of funds abroad.

CRSP is administered by Program Director Dr. Margaret Rosenfeld; Associate Program Director, Dr. Joseph Flynn; and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) Business Office. Michael Wery Garcia is the Program Coordinator and Gloria Venegas is the Program and Finance Manager contact.

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 $24,605 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 $61,510 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.

    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 $24,605 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 $61,510 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

    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

    RFA Released February 28, 2020
    Letter of Intent Due March 27, 2020
    UPDATED: Biostats Consultation Due April 7, 2020
    Budget Draft Due April 17, 2020
    UPDATED: Full Application Due May 15, 2020
    Award Announcement By June 12, 2020
    Project Initiation Period July 1 – Sept 30, 2020
    IRB Approved & 1st Mentor Meeting Completed Sept 30, 2020
    Funding Begins October 1, 2020

    More Information

    Download the CRSP Overview Packet (DOC) to review our frequently asked questions. If you would like to see a successful CRSP application example or have additional questions, please email the CRSP program coordinator.