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Omics Applicant Information

Applications are now being accepted for one new Scholar to begin as soon as possible (not later than January 1, 2018). Applications are due September 1, 2017. Potential applicants should contact one of the program directors (David Erle, David.Erle@ucsf.edu or Esteban Burchard, Esteban.Burchard@ucsf.edu) prior to submitting an application.


Before submission, candidates should check with their department chairs to ensure that the department will provide any salary in excess of $100,000 per year that is needed to cover their ≥75% protected time for training and research, as well as salary for any effort not covered by the CTSI. Note that these funds may not be derived from PHS fund sources.

All applications must include:

  1. Research Plan (3 pages, not including references)
  2. Training Plan (1 page)
  3. Three references from individuals with direct knowledge of the applicants qualifications, including a letter from the individual who served as the applicant's primary mentor during fellowship training
  4. Letter(s) from the proposed mentor(s) indicating support for the applicant's proposal. Letters must specify which research grants or other funding sources will be available to support the research and should document the availability of space and other resources that will be required.
  5. NIH-style biosketches for the applicant and the mentor(s). Mentor biosketches should list research funding support.
  6. A statement from the home department chair (or division head) documenting that the home department understands the conditions of the K12 award and commits to providing necessary resources, including additional salary support if required. For applicants who do not yet have a faculty position, the home department must confirm that the applicant will be appointed as an Assistant Professor on or before the date of appointment as a K12 Scholar.

The research plan and training plan should adhere to NIH guidelines on font sizes and margins. Applications and letters of support (in pdf format) should be submitted by e-mail to Christine.Mok@ucsf.edu.

Scholar Selection Criteria

A Committee of K12 Program faculty will review the scholar applications following the model of the NIH peer review process. Selection criteria will focus on the strengths and potential of the candidate to become a leading pulmonary omics investigator based on:

  1. Track Record: Appropriate prior education and training; high-quality publications
  2. Research Plan: Sound research design, feasible approach, addresses an important problem in pulmonary health/disease with a strong emphasis on one or more omics approaches. Due to NHLBI policy, proposals that focus on lung cancer cannot be considered. Applicants may consult the NHLBI K12 RFA for examples of the kinds of research that can be supported.
  3. Training Plan: Qualifications and track records of the mentor(s), incorporation of appropriate plans for multidisciplinary education and training, plan for appropriate didactic training. Applicants are encouraged to propose training plans that include both a lead mentor and a co-mentor with complementary expertise.
  4. Resources: Tangible commitment and resources provided by the home department/ORU, and suitability of the available clinical and/or laboratory infrastructure and multidisciplinary team.
  5. Career Potential: Global assessment of the likelihood that participation in the K12 program will help the candidate develop a career as an outstanding investigator who will use omics approaches to advance our understanding of lung health and disease

Individuals from underrepresented ethnic minority groups are encouraged to apply, and special consideration will be given to individuals in departments and disciplines that have traditionally been under-represented in clinical research.


K12 Scholar candidates must: