K12 Application Process FAQ

What is the application process?

Applying to the program will occur in two stages:

Stage 1: December 1 – 31, 2017. All applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of intent, including a brief outline (no more than a half page or 150 words) of the proposed project, and how it would be relevant to topics related to the National Heart, Lung, Blood and Blood Institute. Based on proposal suitability, select applicants will be invited to formally apply for the program, during Stage 2, beginning January 1, 2018.

Stage 2: January 1 – March 1, 2018. Qualified applicants are invited to formally apply for the program via our online application. Application materials will include an in-depth research proposal. 

How do I apply to the program?

Proposals are submitted via Duke’s MyResearchProposal online submission system.

  • To apply, go to http://bit.ly/myresearchproposal, click on “Create New User” (or log in if you already have an account). Proposals must be submitted under the Principal Investigator’s name.
  • A step-by-step user’s guide for applying via the MyResearchProposal software is available - Please review this document.
  • Enter Access Code ‘DISCO’ then select the “DISCO NIH K-12 Mentored Career Development and Research Program” funding opportunity and follow the instructions.

What if I have questions about how to use the online submission system?

For questions concerning MyResearchProposal passwords or system issues, please contact Anita Grissom or Kara McKelvey at myresearchproposal@duke.edu.

What is the formal application deadline?

March 1, 2018 for the first cohort of two scholars.

Is there an interview process?

Yes. All applicants in consideration will interview and meet with:

  1. The program director and at least one member of the executive committee.
  2. The applicant’s suggested mentors or individuals assigned to review the written application.
  3. Members of the advisory committee whose research interests are not directly related to the applicant's background.

Are international citizens eligible for the program?

Scholars must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment.

Does this program have any diversity initiatives?

Yes. Specific efforts will be undertaken to recruit minority scientists into this program through the Duke University Medical Center’s Associate Dean of Diversity and the new Chief Diversity officer in the School of Medicine.

Can applicants have another grant under review while also applying for the K12 DISCO?

Applicants may not be on the following types of grants: R01, R29, U01/U10, subproject of a Program Project (P01), Center (P50, P60, U54) grant, or individual mentored or non-mentored career development award (e.g., K01, K08, K22, K23, K25, K99/R00). They are still eligible to apply for the K12 DICSO, however, if they are only under review for these grants. However, if they received and accepted the K12 DISCO, they would need to be completely removed from the other grant, since they cannot be on both. 

What if I have other questions about the K12?

Please email any remaining questions to the Assistant Director of Education, Mary Medlin, at mary.medlin@duke.edu


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