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WVCTSI Research Scholar Program

Image of WVCTSI Research Scholar Program logo above selected research scholars Mariya Cherkasova, Bradley End, Kacie Kidd, Tyler Quinn, and David Scarisbrick

***Letters of Intent (LOI) now being accepted***

LOI Template

Key Application Dates:

  • Letter of Intent (LOI) due January 16, 2024
  • Full Applications due March 1, 2024
  • Applicants informed of acceptance April 1, 2024
  • Appointment as Research Scholar begins July 1, 2024

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 Information Session

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 Assistant Director, Dr. Kari Sisk.

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. 

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 $212,100. If you have questions about how this would impact salary reimbursement please contact the Program Director, Dr. Courtney DeVries.**



Kari Sisk - Professional Development Assistant Director