Deadline: April 5, 2021 at 5 PM
The objective of the Weill Cornell Medicine JumpStart Program is to provide support for early-career researchers and junior faculty interested in pursuing a career as a physician-scientist or translational scientist. The program provides funding during the crucial period of career development that spans the completion of research training through the early years of the first faculty position at Weill Cornell. We invite Department Chairs, Division Chiefs, and Center and Institute Directors to nominate up to two (2) of their most promising scientists for the program. Applicants can be Assistant Professors, Instructors, senior clinical fellows, or late-stage postdoctoral trainees at WMC.
The program provides one year of initial funding, with the possibility of continuing support up to a total maximum of $300,000 for up to 3 years, based on satisfactory academic progress and submission of a competitive K01, K08, K12, K22, K23, or K25 award application, or equivalent, within 18 months of the initiation of JumpStart support. Requests will be evaluated by the JumpStart Review Committee, and the most meritorious three proposals will be awarded.
Interested candidates should contact their Department Chairs, Division Chiefs, and Center and Institute Directors to seek nomination for the JumpStart Program. Faculty and trainees in the Department of Medicine have separate submission instructions and should refer to “Application deadline and submission” instructions below.
Application deadline: April 5, 2021
Review of applications: May-June 2021
Notice of award: June 2021
Funding begins: July 2021
Progress reports due: March 7, 2022 Notice of continuing funding or termination: April 2022
Funding may be used to cover research-related expenses including salary support for the candidate, research personnel expenses such as salaries for technical personnel, supplies, equipment, publication costs, and travel-related to professional development conferences. The funding guidelines are listed below:
For specific questions regarding eligibility or application materials, please contact the Office of the Research Dean at ResearchDean@med.cornell.edu.
Application deadline and submission
Applications should be submitted as a single pdf file using the naming convention: PI LASTNAME_DIVISION_PREK.pdf. here by April 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST.
Please note that Assistant Professors, Instructors, and eligible senior clinical fellows or late-stage postdoctoral trainees with primary appointments in the Department of Medicine (DoM) seeking nomination for the JumpStart Program must submit their application as follows:
Restrictions and reporting conditions:
Progress reports will be carefully reviewed by the JumpStart review committee prior to the award of additional funding.
I currently hold an NIH K12 award. Am I eligible to apply to the JumpStart Program?
No. The JumpStart Program is for researchers who have not yet gotten a K award.
What happens if I receive a K award or equivalent while on JumpStart funding?
The goal of the JumpStart program is to support junior faculty until a K award or equivalent is received. When the K-award is received, JumpStart funding will be terminated.
I am currently putting together an application for a K award. Would I be eligible for this opportunity?
If you are putting together an application for a K01, K08, K12, K22 or K23 award, then you are eligible for this opportunity. K99 are not included.
For K99/R00 awards, the NIH has to approve the R00 phase, and usually, although this is case by case, moving to a different institution is preferred. If the candidate stays at the home institution, he or she has to demonstrate excellent startup package/conditions, etc. to support his or her case.
In the letter of support, would a statement expressing the commitment of the Department/Division for a full-time faculty position be sufficient or the letter should be more in the style of an offer letter?
Just an expression of commitment is sufficient (not an offer letter).
Regarding concurrent funding from foundation grants, are Research Fellowship Awards allowed but Career Development Awards not allowed?
Concurrent funding where a major component involves a mentoring and training program, and thus involves career development, is not compatible with the JumpStart mechanism. Therefore, someone holding this type of fellowships would not be eligible for the JumpStart program.
Is startup funding considered a “seed grant”?
I noticed that part of the eligibility criteria is 75% protected research time. I was wondering if there is an exception. I believe my department could guarantee 50% but 75% will be difficult.
For non-surgeons, the JumpStart program requires a minimum of 75% protected research time. To align ourselves with NIH guidelines, surgeons that are interested in applying for the JumpStart Award must have at least 50% of their time dedicated to research activities.
I am a surgeon. Is there a modification in my amount of protected research time?
To align ourselves with NIH guidelines, surgeons that are interested in applying for the JumpStart Award must have at least 50% of their time dedicated to research activities. Non-surgeons must have 75% protected research time.
Does the 3-page limit on the research plan incorporate references?
The 3-page limit should be exclusive of references. There is no limit on the number of references one may include.
Can I use the $50,000 in project support for Salary/Fringe if I do not have other expenditures?
Yes, the funds could be used for salary support, if not needed for other expenses.
Do departments need to inform the Office of the Research Dean about who they plan to nominate prior to application submission, or do they just submit a maximum of two applications by the deadline?
Departments do not need to inform our office regarding who they plan to nominate before the deadline. Once the department selects their two applicants, they can immediately prepare their application for submission by the deadline.
The potential candidate is currently supported by grants with a strong career development component. Both grants would end in the Spring. If both awards ended by the start of JumpStart, would he/she still be eligible for the JumpStart program?
If the current grants have ended by the time the JumpStart would begin, she/he would be eligible.
The applicant is currently in a lab and has been training there for several years. In this application, he/she would like to list a different mentor since his/her disease focus will pivot. Does the time spent at the first lab count?
S/he needs to have been working the current project, or closely related work, for at least one year. The JumpStart support is intended to provide extra time in order to develop preliminary data and publications for a K award or similar funding mechanism. The JumpStart program is not intended to fund a new project. If the applicant has been working in the current project for less than a year, but the current project is closely related to his/her previous work (same basic idea but in a different context, for example, working on a signaling mechanism in a type of cancer and then applying these concepts to a different type of cancer), then the applicant is eligible to apply for the JumpStart mechanism.
Are there any indirect costs allowed?
Indirect costs are not allowed.
What is the amount of funding allowed for salary plus fringe?
Up to $50,000 is available for salary support and fringe (inclusive) at the NIH level for the candidate
How many candidates can be nominated by the Department Chairs, Division Chiefs, and Center and Institute Directors?
Department Chairs, Division Chiefs, and Center and Institute Directors can nominate a maximum of two (2) candidates. Candidates interested in applying should contact their Department Chairs, Division Chiefs, or Center/Institute Directors to seek nominations.
What is the process for applicants with primary appointments at the Department of Medicine (DoM)?
- Instructors and Assistant Professors with primary appointments in DoM: Apply through the DoM Funds for the Future program using their application deadline (indicate your interest in being considered for the JumpStart program or both programs)
- Third year clinical fellows and late-stage postdoctoral trainees in DoM: Submit application to your division chief (contact your division chief for more information)
I am on an H1B visa. Can I apply to the JumpStart Program?
If you are not eligible for a K award due to immigration status requirements, to apply for JumpStart, you must identify an alternative career development award (equivalent to a K award) that you would be eligible for. In the career development section of the JumpStart application, please add a timeline for submission for the K award equivalent.