2018 Young Investigator Coaching Program

Deadline: November 15, 2017

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The goals of the Young Investigator Coaching Program (YICP) are:
• Provide the opportunity for early-career investigators conducting child health research to receive structured external mentoring from established national leaders in their field
• Establish a network for mentoring and collaboration in pediatric research
• Facilitate direct face-to-face interaction of awardees and mentors at the annual PAS meeting

Any faculty member who:
(a) Is actively conducting child or adolescent health research
(b) Is in the first 3 years of a faculty appointment (Instructor, Assistant Professor or equivalent rank)
(d) Intends to pursue an academic pediatric career with a major component focused on investigator-initiated research
(e) Will attend the PAS 2018 Meeting in Toronto (May 5-8)
The program has a particular interest in providing mentors for candidates who have less access to mentors at their institution. The program will rarely fund more than one applicant from an institution. Applicants must have an advanced doctoral degree in any field related to child or adolescent health including, but not limited to, medicine, psychology, nursing, social work, and nutrition. While all applicants are invited to apply, we particularly encourage individuals from groups identified by the NIH as underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences (Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; individuals with disabilities) and women to apply, as these are the groups less represented in child health, especially at the higher levels of leadership. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for membership in the SPR Junior Section if eligible.

The application should clearly indicate the areas in which the candidate wants mentorship and why this program would benefit them. It is helpful if the candidate provides suggested names of desired potential mentors.

Applications will be evaluated by a committee of experienced pediatric researchers based on a number of criteria, including:
• Potential for the candidate to succeed as an academic investigator
• Commitment of the candidate to a pediatric research-oriented career
• Benefit provided to the candidate by the mentoring and support offered by the YICP
• Availability of adequate mentoring at the candidate's institution