Research and Career Development
K12 Mentored Research Career Development Scholar Awards
The overall goal of the TRI K12 Mentored Research Career Development Scholars Program is to increase the number and quality of independently funded clinical research investigators and translational scientists. TRI K12 Awards provide two years of didactic and mentored research training for post-doctorates or professional doctorates (MD, PharmD, DrPH, DO, etc.) who are committed to academic careers in multidisciplinary clinical or translational science. Didactic course work leading to an additional PhD, MS, MPH or graduate certificate may be pursued. Generous financial support and benefits are provided for junior faculty.
Health Sciences Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HSIE) Training Program for Postdoctoral Fellows (TL1 Training Program)
The HSIE Training Program aims to help the next generation of health scientists transform their discoveries into real world benefits in clinical care. The program is a partnership between the TRI and the Entrepreneurship Graduate Program in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville. The goal of the HSIE Training Program is to broaden a scholar’s vision of using entrepreneurship principles and team science to accelerate biomedical discoveries into improved health outcomes and enhance readiness for industry, government, and other nonacademic jobs.
Implementation Science (IS) Scholars Program
The IS Scholars program funds faculty interested in learning more about how to implement new practice guidelines and/or other implementation or de-implementation approaches that will improve medical care. The two-year program provides salary support and mentorship to prepare faculty to use implementation science approaches to improve clinical practice and patient outcomes, as well as support to publish the results of their implementation science projects.
Path 2 K Program
The Path 2 K grant writing program offers junior faculty four to six months of structured activities focused on specific steps to apply for an NIH Career “K” Development grant (e.g., K01, K08, K23). This includes didactic workshops about components of a K grant, individualized support, and key resources/templates, including previously funded K awards.
Master’s Program in Clinical and Translational Sciences (MS-CTS)
TRI offers scholarships for the Master’s Program in Clinical and Translational Sciences (MS-CTS) to UAMS clinical faculty. The mission of the program is to train investigators on knowledge, skills, and competencies in clinical and translational research. The means to accomplish the mission are through didactic coursework, mentored research, and a capstone project using an NIH grant format or a thesis project. The program requires a total of 36 credit hours and can be completed in two academic years. Those accepted into the program will be allotted up to 30% protected by their department to complete the associated requirements.
Strategies for Training and Advancing under-represented Researchers – STARs
The TRI-DDEI STARs program aims to build a peer support community of URM faculty in Biomedical, Clinical, Behavioral and Social Sciences Research to support career development and research success. This will be done by:
- Establishing of a structured peer support group who engage in a 3-month program of grant training and development
- Providing practical research skill development in grant writing and grantsmanship
- Ongoing support from research mentors and access to research support services, i.e. IRB protocol development, recruitment, etc.
- Supplying $10,000 in funding as a TRI DEI Equity, Diversity, and Grantsmanship Expertise (EDGE) research project
Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science (CTS)
An educational program offering a Certificate, MS, or PhD degree in a personalized curriculum of didactic and mentored topics and research experience.
Graduate Certificate in Implementation Science
The goal of this certificate is to train learners from various academic backgrounds and focus areas (Community-Based Participatory Research, Healthcare Administration, Informatics, Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy, and Research Methods) in implementation science methods and approaches to assist them in implementing evidence-based practices (EBP) in various topic areas and to study how best to support the implementation of EBP.
Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Sciences
Offered through the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, UAMS faculty, industry and FDA experts teach this one-year online program of four courses on safety assessment, FDA regulations, clinical trials design/management, and good regulatory practice.
Certified Research Specialist (CRS) Program
The TRI and UAMS Office of Research Compliance staff teach clinical research principles to enhance research staff competency; includes 28 hours of on-line tutorials & a CRS Proficiency Exam.
Graduate Degree Programs in Biomedical Informatics Education
Seminars, MS, and PhD programs in translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, imaging informatics and clinical informatics provide researchers with educational opportunities in advanced informatics methods to support clinical and translational research.
Doctorate in Health Systems and Services Research
Graduate program offered through the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health for evaluation of health care delivery systems in real-world settings with emphasis on teamwork, patient-centered outcomes, and stakeholder engagement.
A joint venture with UAMS’ BioVentures and based on the University of Michigan’s Fast Forward Medical Innovation Program. The program helps teams of innovators evaluate discoveries for commercial development.
TRI Translational Research Innovations and Partners (TRIP) Program
The Translational Research Institute (TRI) offers a mentored summer research experience to first- and second-year UAMS medical and pharmacy students who have an interest in learning about or participating in community-based research in medically underserved, rural, and minority populations. The program is offered in partnership with the College of Medicine Honors in Research program and offers three months of the required six months of total time commitment toward the designation of “Honors in Research” on a graduate’s diploma. This program is available at the UAMS campus in Little Rock and the UAMS-NW campus in Fayetteville. Research experiences in TRIP may include field research across the state of Arkansas.
Seminars and Trainings
TRI Research Fundamentals Seminar Series
Research Fundamentals Seminar Series is an on-demand training series that answers the key questions to clinical and translational science and more. The interactive series is designed to assist you in understanding the language and logic of the research process in an engaging and easy-to-grasp way. Sessions cover the basic concepts and beyond required to successfully conduct intelligent research models.
TRI innOVATIONS Seminar Series
TRI innOVATION Seminar Series showcases research innovations from work supported by TRI. TRI supports a variety of research projects through both our funding mechanisms and our general research support services. The innOVATION series was created to provide a place for our researchers to share their projects with the campus community.
Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER)
CIMER, based on a program developed at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, is a two-day training course on effective mentoring for faculty at all levels of experience with mentorship. This program is offered annually; please check the TRI Events Calendar for future scheduling announcements.
Health Science Entrepreneurs — Innovators of Health Care Seminar Series
A videoconferencing-based seminar series featuring different health science innovators followed by round table discussions. This seminar series is offered monthly, during the fall and spring semesters; please check the TRI Events Calendar for more specifics.
Other Training Opportunities
Mock Study Sections
An experiential learning experience for early-stage researchers that provides opportunity to engage with seasoned reviewers in an NIH-style mock study section review of their grant. Investigators are able to obtain feedback on their proposal, gain first-hand knowledge of the grant review process, and ask questions of faculty reviewers about their proposal.