LA CaTS Cores & Resources

Email: CareerDevel@lacats.org
Phone: (504) 988-6061

Frequently Asked Questions

LA CaTS Center Roadmap and Meritorious Post-doctoral Scholar Programs

1. How often are Roadmap and Meritorious Postdoctoral scholarships awarded?

Once per year there is an RFA for each of the LACaTS funded scholars:
For 2017, the RFA will be announced on January 13th with an application deadline of February 15th.


2. How can I find out about your announcements for scholarships and other grant funding opportunities?

You can visit the LA CaTS Center website home page and look at the “Funding and Training Opportunities” heading for new announcements; you can also subscribe (in the top left corner) to receive email notifications of all new opportunities OR email info@lacats.org.


3. How many scholars are awarded the Roadmap and Meritorious Post-doctoral scholarships each year?

The LA CaTS CEMCD Core awards three Roadmap Scholarships (one from each institution: Tulane University, Pennington Biomedical and LSUHSC New Orleans) each year. Please refer to the instructions on the specific RFA for eligibility and requirements.


4. What are the eligibility criteria for the Roadmap and Meritorious Post-doctoral Scholarship applications?

Roadmap Scholars - applicant should hold an MD, PhD, DDS or PharmD and should be a junior faculty in one of the three institutions: Pennington Biomedical, LSUHSC New Orleans, and Tulane University. Scholars from other institutions are welcome to apply to the Master of Science in Clinical Research program at Tulane University.
Meritorious Post-doctoral Scholars - applicant should have at least two years of post-doctoral training. The applicant must also be considered as potential faculty members (this should be stated in the support letter from the institution/department). Scholars from other institutions are welcome to apply to the Certificate in Clinical Research program at Tulane University.


5. Can a Roadmap/Meritorious Post-doctoral scholar application be submitted through an institution not part of LA CaTS Center Institutions?

No, all Roadmap scholarship applications should be submitted by a candidate from one of the following three partner institutions: Pennington Biomedical, LSUHSC New Orleans, and Tulane University. However, you are allowed to have mentors/collaborators outside of the LA CaTS institutions on the project. Scholars from other partner institutions are welcome to apply to the Master of Science in Clinical Research and the Certificate in Clinical Research programs offered through Tulane University, but are not eligible for LA CaTS support..


6. Does the Roadmap applicant need to have a faculty position at the time of application?

Yes, a Roadmap Scholar should be in a faculty position at the time of application. Applicants who do not have a faculty position but have a letter from the institution pledging that the applicant will be appointed in a faculty position by the start date of the award will be considered.


7. Who reviews the applications?

Members of an Internal Advisory Board (IAB) review the applications. The IAB is comprised of senior faculty and center directors from Tulane University, Pennington Biomedical and LSUHSC New Orleans.


8. When will applicants be informed of the decision?

The Roadmap award decisions will be announced on April 1st. An email will be sent directly to each applicant notifying them of the decision.


9. Will all applicants receive the comments from the application reviews?

Yes, all applicants will receive a summary of reviewer comments by email after the awarded applications have been announced.


10. What are the award start & end dates?

Unless stated otherwise in the RFA, the start date for a Roadmap Scholarship would be July 1st. The Roadmap Scholar funding is for a period of two years.


11. Will the application be sent to the NIH?

All scholars who are awarded the Roadmap Scholarship will need to get final approval from NIH before the start of their research project. The Administrative Core staff will assist the Scholars with facilitating this approval. Contact info@lacats.org for questions regarding approvals.


12. Are appendices allowed as part of the application?

Unless stated in the RFA instructions, appendices are typically allowed for documents such as manuscript reprints, letters, IRB/IACUC approvals, questionnaires, etc. Appendices do not count toward the allotted page limit for the Research Plan.


13. Are references included in the specified page limit for the Research Plan?

No, references are not to be counted in the specified page limit.


14. Are biosketches required for each mentor?

Yes, NIH style biosketches are required for the applicant as well as each mentor. Biosketches should be submitted on the NIH template.


15. Are the Master of Science in Clinical Research and Certificate in Clinical Research programs at Tulane University available to eligible scholars who are not supported by LA CaTS?

Yes, eligible scholars who are not supported by LA CaTS are welcome to apply to the Master of Science in Clinical Research and the Certificate in Clinical Research programs offered through Tulane University. Please visit http://tulane.edu/som/adcr/ or contact DeNean La Roche at dlaroch1@tulane.edu for further information.


16. Before a Roadmap/Meritorious scholarship application can be submitted for review, does it have to be routed and signed off by my institution’s research office?

Unless otherwise indicated, Roadmap scholarship applications need not be routed off through your respective institution’s research office before submission. All applications should be directly submitted via email to Paula Gregory and Roy Weiner at CareerDevel@LACaTS.org. Awarded applications will, however, need to be routed and signed off by your respective institution’s research office for approval before submission to the NIH.


17. Will the Roadmap/Meritorious scholarship provide/allow indirect costs?

No, only direct costs are allowed for Roadmap scholarships.


 

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