CRSP

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. Proposed research must involve human subjects. 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.

The program is administered by Program Director Dr. Dr. Margaret Rosenfeld, Associate Program Director Dr. Joseph Flynn and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) Business Office. The program is being piloted for two years in the CCTR with the intention to ultimately become a Seattle Children’s Research Institute–wide initiative.

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 $23,900 salary and fringe maximum and your existing 20% protected academic time from division/department/SCH)
    • Intensive: Minimum 50% FTE (25% from CCTR up to $59,600 salary and fringe maximum 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 enrollment of human subjects
  • 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 and subaward contracts will not be approved. In some cases, Seattle Children’s may not have the necessary expertise or provide the required service to complete a project. In this case, please contact the CCTR Business Director, Jen Benn.
  • 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 as 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 $23,900 salary plus fringe per year

 Minimum 50% FTE (25% from CCTR and 25% match from division/department) and up to $59,600 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

Letters of intent are due one month prior to the final application deadline. Final applications will not be accepted unless a letter of intent is submitted. Letters of intent are non-binding (i.e., applicants may choose not to submit a full application). Once the letter of intent is received, the applicant will be contacted by Gloria Venegas, CCTR program manager, to further assist preparing for a full application.

Key Dates

RFA Released: January 25, 2019
Letter of Intent Due: March 29, 2019
Biostats Consultation Due: April 5, 2019
Budget Draft Due: April 12, 2019
Full Application DueApril 26, 2019
Award Announcement: By June 21, 2019
Project Initiation Period: July 1 – Sept 30, 2019
IRB Approved and 1st Mentor Meeting Completed: Sept 30, 2019
Funding Begins: October 1, 2019

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.