One important function of this award will be the development of a large network of established and suitable faculty with a record of research support, productivity, and the ability to mentor clinician scientists.

It will be up to the individual candidates to indentify appropriate mentors. However, the quality of the mentors will be one of the factors closely evaluated by the advisory committee when reviewing applications. Secondary sources of mentorship will include Department Chairs, Department Residency Program Directors, and other prominent scientists from the applicants’ home institution.

All of these may be asked to assist the scholars at various stages in the process including the generation of an application, scientific oversight of the project, and writing of mentored K type awards or fully independent R type awards.