Information for Future Applicants

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What can I expect as a K12 scholar?

Experiential LHS scholar matching

An important role of the PCOR LHS program is to match scholars’ research interests and skills with LHS clinical and research priorities.

Individualized oversight and mentoring

Each scholar will develop a unique program of didactic, experiential, and mentored education to fulfill their specific needs. In combination with the PACT-k12 leadership team, IAC, and the individual's mentors, the scholar formulates a program of study and experience that fills knowledge gaps and is formulated with their research interests in mind.

Guidance and evaluation

Each scholar is guided by a primary research mentor and an interdisciplinary mentorship team. The entire mentoring team meets in-person at least quarterly, and the primary mentor and scholar meet weekly and are the primary decision-makers for any mentoring team disagreements. At minimum, the mentoring team will include the primary scientific mentor, a specific LHS representative (e.g., representative from the LHS with whom the scholar is working), a secondary scientific mentor(s), and a career mentor.

Guidance is provided early in the training plan development period to help scholars formulate a research, educational, and experiential plan; understand their relative strengths and weaknesses relative to their chosen area of research; and discuss a potential research project to be conducted with their mentors. The research mentors and scholar will meet with the K12 leadership team regularly to review their progress and semi-annually with the IAC. The leadership team may call on Special Emphasis Advisors as necessary.

Am I eligible to be a scholar?

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals, or individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residence by time of appointment.

  • Hold a clinical research doctorate, including Ph.D., Sc.D, Dr.P.H., M.D., D.O., D.C., N.D., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.N.S., D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M, Eng.D., D.P.T., O.T.D., Pharm.D., D.S.W., Psy.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, at the time of appointment.

  • Have a full-time appointment at OHSU, KPNW, or partnering institution.

  • Be able to commit a minimum of 75% full-time professional effort to conducting research career development activities associated with the LHS K12 award.

  • Be able to demonstrate a commitment to conducting research within learning health systems, focusing on rapid and continuous learning and translation of findings into patient-centered care.

  • NOT have simultaneously submitted or have an application pending peer review for any other Federal career development award, research project grant (R01) or any non-Federal research grant, contract, or cooperative agreement over $100,000 direct costs per year; have been or are currently PD/PI on any other Federal mentored career development awards, Federal research grant (such as R01, R29, P01), or subproject leaders on Program Project (P01) and Center Grants (P50); have been or are currently supported on an institutional K12 grant or KL2; or are PD/PI on peer-reviewed, non-Federal research grants, contracts or cooperative agreements over $100,000 direct costs per year.

What support do I receive as a scholar?

Scholars will receive salary support for a minimum of 75% protected time dedicated solely to their LHS research project. Scholars will also recieve $25,000 each year of their appointment for research development support costs, such as supplies, research support, and travel.

Scholars will be appointed as OCTRI or KPNW scholars, which may provide access to certain core OCTRI or KPNW CHR services such as biostatistics, IRB, and regulatory compliance; some limitations will apply to these services.

One of the Scholar’s mentors may also be eligible to receive up to $5,000 total per year in salary and fringe benefits for the duration of that scholar’s appointment.