Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08)

Application Deadlines: Annually on February 12, June 12, October 12 (or K08 resubmission deadlines)

The SVS® Foundation and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) provide supplemental funding to an individual who receives an NHLBI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) directed at vascular surgeon scientists in the early stages of their research careers.

Purpose

The SVS Foundation offers this award in partnership with the NHLBI as a means to facilitate the research career development of individuals pursuing a career in vascular research. This award provides financial support over and above that offered by the NHLBI K08 mechanism.

The objective of the Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) is to continue the long standing NIH support of didactic study and mentored research for individuals with clinical doctoral degrees (eg, MD, DDS, DMD, DO, DC, OD, ND, DVM, PharmD, or PhD in clinical disciplines). This award provides support and protected time for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in the fields of biomedical or behavioral research, including translational research. For the purpose of this award, translational research is defined as application of basic research discoveries toward the diagnosis, management, and prevention of disease. 
 
The K08 award supports a three, four, or five-year period of supervised research experience. The proposed research must have intrinsic research importance as well as serving as a suitable vehicle for learning the methodology, theories, and conceptualizations necessary for a well-trained independent researcher.

The K08 award may be used by candidates with different levels of prior research training and at different stages in their career development. For example, a candidate with limited experience in a given field of research may use an award to support a career development experience that includes a designated period of didactic training followed by a period of closely supervised research experience. A candidate with previous research experience and training may not require extensive additional didactic preparation, and may use an award to support a career development experience that focuses on an intensive, supervised research experience.

Eligibility Requirements

The candidate must be an Active or Candidate Member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, have a MD degree or its equivalent, have completed postgraduate clinical training in vascular surgery, must identify a mentor with extensive research experience, and meet the NIH requirements for percent of full-time professional effort conducting research and research career development.

Salary Support

The SVS Foundation and the NHLBI each provide salary support for the recipient. The NHLBI awards US$100,000 plus fringe benefits per year, up to five years, and the SVS Foundation provides US$50,000 up to five years to the institution of the awardee.  SVS Foundation does not pay fringe benefits or indirect costs.

Awards in response to this program announcement use the K08 mechanism. Applications should conform to the guidelines published for the NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08).

Application dates are available here.

View 10 helpful tips on writing a successful application for the NHLBI Mentored Clinician-Scientist (K08) Research Award.

To be considered for the SVS Foundation supplemental funding, you must submit your application to NHLBI and SVS Foundation at the same time. If you are selected to receive the supplemental award, SVS Foundation will award US$50,000 per year (maximum 5 years) in addition to whatever is awarded by the NHLBI under the K08 provisions.

To identify the application as a response to this program announcement:

  1. Submit your complete K08 application as required by the NHLBI
  2. Submit one electronic copy of your complete application to: SVS Foundation Research and Education Committee at SVSFoundation@vascularsociety.org
  3. Submit one electronic copy to: Jane D. Scott, ScD, MSN, FAHA, Director, Office of Research Training and Career Development, Division of Cardiovascular Disease, National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, NIH, Rockledge II, 8138, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA. scottj2@nhlbi.nih.gov

Review Considerations

Applications are reviewed for completeness by the Center for Scientific Review and for responsiveness to this program announcement by the SVS Foundation and NHLBI. Incomplete applications are returned to the applicant without further consideration. Applications that are complete and responsive to the program announcement are evaluated for scientific and technical merit by an appropriate peer review group convened at the NHLBI in accordance with the standard NIH peer review procedures. Applications funded by NIH also receive a secondary review by the SVS Foundation Research and Education Committee.  

Award Process

Following your submission to both NHLBI and SVS Foundation, continue to inform the SVS Foundation Research and Education Committee of activity related to your K08 application, including resubmission and/or funding. In spring of each year, the SVS Foundation Research and Education Committee reviews applications that have received NHLBI/NIH funding. If you are selected to receive the SVS Foundation supplemental award, the award will be presented at the Vascular Annual Meeting® .

Contacts

For questions regarding eligibility requirements and the KO8 application process:

Jane D. Scott, ScD, MSN, FAHA
Director, Office of Research Training and Career Development
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH
Rockledge II, 8138
6701 Rockledge Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892
Telephone: 301-435-0535
Fax: 301-480-7404
scottj2@nhlbi.nih.gov

Wayne Wang, PhD
Program Director, Office of Research Training and Career Development
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH
Rockledge II, Rm 8140
6701 Rockledge Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892-7940
Telephone: 301-435-0535
Fax: 301-480-7404
wayne.wang2@nih.gov

SVS Foundation
Telephone: 800-258-7188
SVSFoundation@vascularsociety.org