Research Education Component

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2021 REC SCHOLARS PROGRAM NOW OPEN. APPLY BY JANUARY 5, 2021. VIEW A PDF OF THE PROGRAM CALL FOR APPLICATIONS.

 

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Program Details

The Washington University School of Medicine Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer Disease Research Center Research Education Component was started in May 2020.  The long-term goal of the REC is to develop and support a diverse group of independent ADRD researchers by helping trainees to develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as an independent ADRD investigator.


By developing a dynamic training pipeline, the Knight ADRC REC hopes to meet the nation’s need for a diverse clinical translational workforce in Alzheimer disease and related dementias (ADRD). The REC will assist trainees with career development along the entire training continuum by leveraging national collaborative relationships as well as the rich research and training resources available at Washington University, and will provide resources and mentoring to all levels of trainees.

 

REC Scholar Program & Application Details

This program will include: 

 

  • Training in core ADRD and research competencies
  • Training in basic, clinical and translational research concepts necessary for furthering innovative research on AD
  • Mentorship to advance research independence

 

This program does not provide salary support. Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have protected time to carry out their project and engage in training.


Scholars should identify an approved REC mentor (click here for link to list of approved mentors). If you have a current mentor who is not listed and would like to recommend they be added, please email rec@email.wustl.edu.

 

Availability

 

The REC Scholar Program offers a 2-year appointment.


The Knight ADRC is currently calling for applicants for an appointment period of February 2021 – January 2023. Click here for more details.


Application Deadline is January 5th at 11:59pm Central Time


Eligibility Requirements

Applicants Must:

 

  • Be able to commit 50% effort to training with funding from an additional sources, such as a T32 or KL2, or an independent career development award
  • Be US citizens, non-citizen nationals or have permanent residence


Applicants Should:

 

  • Be appointed at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level (Post-Doctoral candidates who are approaching the start of their independent career in Alzheimer disease and related disorders will also be considered)
  • Have research aims that can be connected to or benefit AD research and align with the National Alzheimer’s Project Act
  • Have published works, contributions to science, positions and honors

 

In Addition:

 

  • Applicants who have an NIH career award or similar are preferred, but this is not required.
  • Applicants may have an NIH R01 grant (or similar) application under review at the time of their application. However, applicants who hold an R01 or similar award are not eligible.

Scholar Expectations & Program Benefits

The REC Scholar Program will support the development of research skills and a deeper understanding of AD and related dementias. Scholars will gain knowledge in AD research through interaction with other scholars and faculty in the Knight ADRC and with resources available from the larger Washington University community to carry out their own research projects.

 

Program Benefits

  • A mentored Independent Research Experience
  • Individualized Development Plan (IDP) to address training and career goals
  • Mini-Residencies within the Cores of the Knight ADRC
  • Monthly Career Development Seminar and Annual Career Development Retreat
  • Assistance in applying for funding through a variety of sources
  • Monetary support for seminar travel, didactic coursework and eligible activities identified on IDP (such as externships, minor equipment expenses, etc.)

 

The participation in a variety of seminar series and workshops will integrate trainees with other AD researchers from across campus and throughout the country. We expect the benefits to the trainees will last well past completion of the program and that REC Scholars will become peer mentors and collaborate in future studies.

 

REC Scholars are required to develop proficiency in the research competencies and ADRD core competencies listed below:

 

To accomplish this goal, scholars will be required to participate in:

 

 

Selection Process

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:


  • Overall potential for a career in ADRD research
  • Potential for REC support to have a positive impact on the trainee’s career trajectory
  • Availability of resources, issues related to diversity and inclusion of both research disciplines in ADRD research and of trainees (women, URM, and those with disabilities), and diversity of the applicant’s proposed research area
  • REC support would typically be for two years, but trainees will be reviewed and reappointed annually

 

Important Dates

 

Application Deadline: January 5, 2021 by 11:59pm (Central Time)

 

Selection & Announcement: Late January 2021

 

Cycle & Funding Begin: February 2021


How to Apply

 

Completed applications should be sent, in PDF form, to rec@email.wustl.edu.

 

Applications must include the following:

 

  • Cover page (Download Announcement/Cover Page)
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from a current mentor
  • Personal statement regarding goals in ADRD Research
  • One-page research concept proposal
  • Letter of support from department chair stating support for 50% research effort


Please direct questions to Melissa Schicker.