The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the CTSA One Health Alliance (COHA) are supporting 2-year research fellowships to engage veterinary clinical specialists in inter-disciplinary research teams. Residency-trained veterinary specialists in comparative cardiology, oncology, neurology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, nutrition, critical care, dermatology, and other disciplines (www.avma.org) have expertise in naturally occurring animal models of human disease that may advance translational research in your laboratory.

The Translational Research Fellowship provides 2 years of salary support at the NIH postdoctoral pay scale, fringe benefits, and $2,500 for travel or training-related expenses. Fellows must devote at least 75% effort to research but may supplement this with up to 25% effort devoted to clinical duties if they are relevant to the proposed research and are funded separately by the training institution.

COHA is recruiting brief descriptions of potential fellowship opportunities from mentors, which are appropriate for research training of a veterinary specialist. These fellowship opportunities should include a clear translational research program that can leverage the strengths of a veterinary specialist, an interdisciplinary mentor team with a mix of backgrounds (e.g. DVM, MD, PhD, PharmD, DDS, RN, etc.), and active NIH or comparable federal funding for at least one mentor. A potential fellow should not be identified in the pre-submission.

Fellowship Opportunities should be submitted for consideration using the attached application template (link below).

Pre-submissions describing your fellowship opportunity should be submitted to Dr. Lauren Trepanier ([email protected]) by July 15TH 2021, for an anticipated fellowship start date in August 2022.

Opportunities will be screened and posted on the CTSA One Health Alliance (COHA) website in August 2021, and advertised to board certified veterinary specialists and those completing specialty clinical training.

Potential veterinary fellows will be asked to directly contact mentor teams to discuss suitability for submitting a full fellowship training proposal. Full applications, prepared by the fellow and mentor team, will be due on January 14th, 2022. Components of the full proposal, due later, can be found at https://www.ctsaonehealthalliance.org/coha-translational-research-fellowship-opportunity-residency-trained-veterinarians.

Currently appointed COHA fellows can be found at: https://www.ctsaonehealthalliance.org/coha-translational-research-fellows

Full fellowship applications will be reviewed by the COHA Clinician Scientist Education Subcommittee. Funding decisions will be announced in February 2022, for an August 2022 start date. All regulatory compliance documents (approved IACUC or IRB protocols, consent forms, and human clinical trial protections if applicable) must be approved at the mentoring institution prior to the fellow start date.

Please contact Dr. Robert Rebhun, [email protected] or Dr. Lauren Trepanier, [email protected] if you have questions about this opportunity.