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WVCTSI Research Scholar Program

Headshot of the 7 recent Research Scholars: James Bardes, Brian Hendricks, V. Blair Journigan, Midhun Malla, Samantha Minc, Toni Rudisill, and Ankit Sakhuja

Request for Applications

The mission of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI) Research Scholar Program is to support junior faculty in becoming independent investigators leading programs in clinical and translational research. The desired outcomes of the program are to enable investigators to develop peer-reviewed publications and submission of extramural grant applications, with the ultimate goal of transitioning to independent federal funding (e.g. NIH Kor R-type). This mission is accomplished through an organized program of financial support, faculty mentoring, professional development seminars, and opportunities for the faculty appointed as a Research Scholar (RS) to present their scientific work.

WVCTSI Research Scholar Program Goals:

  • Provide mentored research experience in a productive scientific setting
  • Provide salary support to ensure protected time to conduct research
  • Provide opportunities for professional development in a structured and individually
    custom-tailored manner

WVCTSI Research Scholars will have access to numerous WVCTSI research services. These research services include pre- and post-award grant management support, biostatistics, bioinformatics, study design, clinical trials support, pilot funding, proposal development and networking opportunities with potential collaborators at WVU and partner institutions. A mentoring plan has been designed for Research Scholars with the objective that the Research Scholars will become independently funded investigators in clinical and translational science.

WVCTSI Research Scholar Program is administered through the Professional Development Core of the WVCTSI by the Program Director, Dr. A. Courtney DeVries; Co-Director, Dr. Joan M. Lakoski; and Program Manager, Sarah Haymond.

We are seeking candidates at the Assistant Professor level with a clinical degree (MD, MD, PhD PharmD, PhD-RN, DDS, etc.) who are actively engaged in clinical research with the intent of pursuing a career as a physician/clinician scientist. Candidates must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Appointed individuals are expected to 1) conduct mentored clinical and/or translational research (defined as research with human subjects or populations, or with direct application to human health), 2) develop the foundation for research and leadership skills by participating in a structured and tailored professional development program, and 3) work closely with the WVCTSI by participating in relevant mentor, training, and educational programs.

**Salary Support: The WVCTSI is bound by the NIH salary cap of $203,700. If you have questions about how this would impact salary reimbursement please contact the Program Director, Dr. Courtney DeVries.**

Program Handbook

Research Scholar Documents



Sarah Haymond - Professional Development Program Manager