National institutes of health career development awards for cardiovascular physician-scientists recent trends and strategies for success

Brian R. Lindman, Carl W. Tong, Drew E. Carlson, C. William Balke, Elizabeth A. Jackson, Meena S. Madhur, Ana Barac, Marwah Abdalla, Evan L. Brittain, Nihar Desai, Andrew M. Kates, Andrew M. Freeman, Douglas L. Mann

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Abstract

Nurturing the development of cardiovascular physician-scientist investigators is critical for sustained progress in cardiovascular science and improving human health. The transition from an inexperienced trainee to an independent physician-scientist is a multifaceted process requiring a sustained commitment from the trainee, mentors, and institution. A cornerstone of this training process is a career development (K) award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These awards generally require 75% of the awardee's professional effort devoted to research aims and diverse career development activities carried out in a mentored environment over a 5-year period. We report on recent success rates for obtaining NIH K awards, provide strategies for preparing a successful application and navigating the early career period for aspiring cardiovascular investigators, and offer cardiovascular division leadership perspectives regarding K awards in the current era. Our objective is to offer practical advice that will equip trainees considering an investigator path for success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1816-1827
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Volume66
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 20 2015

Keywords

  • awards and prizes
  • biomedical research
  • early-career investigators
  • fellowships and scholarships
  • grants
  • mentors

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