The Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (THRIV) is an inclusive transformational Institute that facilitates health-related research in order to improve the health of people in the Commonwealth.  THRIV seeks to support highly qualified junior faculty for activities related to the development of a successful clinical and translational research career.   THRIV announces a call for applications for a new mentored career development award.  Proposals that demonstrate a focus on the use of data to improve health will be preferred.

The  application period for this year’s THRIV Mentored Career Development Awards has now closed.  Applications are currently in the review phase, and the awardees will be announced in early June, 2017.  The funding for these awards will begin on July 1, 2017.  We will share information on local, regional, and national funding opportunities here on our website. Additionally, THRIV will release another RFA in the future, so please check back regularly for updates!

Type and amount of funding:

  • 75% salary/fringe support (total up to $120,000/year) for 2 consecutive years
  • $50,000/year in research related expenses including travel, tuition, etc for both years of the award

Scholar requirements:

Applicants must have a research or health-professional doctoral degree or its equivalent, including but not limited to MD, DO, and/or PhD.

To be eligible, the applicant must have a full-time faculty appointment at the University of Virginia at the time of the award; the position cannot be contingent on obtaining this award. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or non-citizen national, or have documented permanent resident status. Members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The Scholar must commit 75% effort to the training and mentored research.  The letter of support from the Scholar’s department chair must include a statement of commitment to 75% protected time and a clear description of the non-research activities (including clinical, on call, education, and administrative time (% effort)).  Candidates with grants from private foundations, voluntary organizations (e.g. American Heart Association), and professional societies are eligible.

Scholars must identify a primary mentor and at least one other mentor.  To ensure that all Scholars have, or develop, competency in key areas of translational research, Scholars are required to complete a series of courses either prior to or during their award period.  Scholars have an opportunity for externships with outside organizations, such as a pharmaceutical company, clinical research organization, or other approved site.

During the award period, Scholars are expected to pursue their own mentored and/or independent grant funding with a plan to be funded by the end of the 2 year award. An annual progress report is required of all Scholars.

The applicant is expected to be the PI or co-PI on a national career development award or major independent research grant by the completion of this award.  The applicant’s department or school must guarantee a funded 3rd year of 75% protected time in the event that the Scholar has not yet received funding.  A letter from the Scholar’s department chair confirming this support at the time of the application for this program is required.

This program will not support any faculty Scholars with a focus on global health and research located outside of the United States. This program will not fund any research work or travel outside of the United States and Canada. Conducting research in the United States with foreign samples and data is allowed.

This program will strongly encourage applications from a wide array of specialties and departments of all UVA Schools. Demonstration of how the research program is using data to improve health is recommended but not required.

Instructions for Proposal — A Complete Application Must Include:

  • NIH Biosketch and other support for Scholar applicant
  • NIH Biosketch and other support for Mentors
  • NIH Biosketch for key contributors
  • Career Development Plan (6 page limit)
  • Describe Scholar background
  • Career goals and objectives
  • Mentoring plan and career development activities
  • Specific Aims (1 page)
  • Research strategy (6 page limit)
  • References cited
  • Budget and Budget Justification
  • Letter of support: Department Chair (required)
  • Letter of support: Primary Mentor (required)
  • Letter of support: Co-Mentors, Consultants, Contributors (as appropriate)
  • Description of Institutional environment and commitment (1page)
  • Protections for Human Subjects (state N/A if not appropriate)
  • Inclusion of Women, minorities and children (state N/A if not appropriate)
  • Vertebrate Animals (state N/A if not appropriate)
  • Biohazards (state N/A if not appropriate)
  • Training in Responsible Conduct of Research (1 page)

Applications should be sent electronically to Sandra Burks at on or before April 15, 2017.  Letters of Intent are not required but are preferred by March 15, 2017 and should also be electronically submitted to Sandra Burks.

Key Dates:

Call for applications:  January 20, 2017

Letter of Intent Due:  March 15, 2017 (optional)

Applications Due: April 15, 2017

Reviewer Feedback Due: May 15, 2017

Notification of Awards: June 1, 2017

Award Begins:  July 1, 2017

**Dates subject to change at the discretion of the Program Leadership.

Selection Criteria:

NIH Scoring criteria will be used to evaluate proposals.  Each of the following areas will be evaluated using a nine-point score:

  • Overall impact
  • Candidate
  • Career development plan/career goals & objectives/Plan to provide mentoring
  • Research plan
  • Mentors/Consultants/Collaborators
  • Environment and institutional commitment to the applicant
  • Protections for Human Subjects
  • Inclusion of Women, Minorities and Children (for human subjects research)
  • Vertebrate animals
  • Biohazards
  • Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research

Evaluations will be returned to applicants with the intent of providing feedback that will be helpful for all applicants (whether or not the proposal is funded) for future competitive proposals.

Support for Candidates:

For questions regarding the mentored career development award, please contact Sandra Burks in the THRIV office at 434-924-9061 or email