Background and Basics

The NRCDP program is designed to provide and facilitate key factors for research success, including excellent mentoring, adequate protected time for research and appropriate research infrastructure.

The NRCDP requires 50% effort, or protected time, for 5 years of research, during the period of the award to scholar applicants. However, the two years of NRCDP funding are expected to be only the beginning of a career-long challenge to obtain adequate time to plan and execute research. The NRCDP program will be uniquely positioned to address this issue. The National Advisory Committee (NAC) and the PI will ensure that the scholars have the necessary protected research time via a written commitment from the program Chair, annual site visits from NAC members, amd monitoring via bi-annual progress reports.

Mentoring is a very important feature of this program. Mentors should be well-established scientists with a track record of NIH funding, significant publications, and a successful record of training future scientists. It is the applicant’s responsibility to identify his or her mentor, but the applicant should to consult with the NRCDP PI in advance to review potential mentors and qualifications. The PI has established a network of potential mentors throughout the country who consist of some of the leading scientists in Neurosurgery and Neuroscience and can serve as suitable mentors if needed.

Scholar-applicants and their mentors will be expected to demonstrate that a sufficient research infrastructure exists to support the proposed work. This is an important component that will be regularly assessed by the NAC. This will be verified using the same mechanisms used to assess protected research time. The National Advisory Committee (NAC) and the PI will ensure that the scholars have the necessary research infrastructure via a written commitment from the program Chair and description of resources by the mentor, annual site visits from NAC members, and monitoring of scholars via bi-annual progress reports.

For more detailed information about the program please click the link to read the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
Award

  • The award will support scholars for two years
  • Salary support will be $95,000 per year
  • Support for supplies will consist of $50,000 per year
  • There is a possibility for a third year of support, based on need and review by the national advisory committee