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, plus $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 that are relevant to the proposed research and are funded by the training institution.

The Alliance is recruiting descriptions of potential fellowship opportunities from mentors appropriate for research training of a veterinary specialist in your laboratory. These fellowship opportunities should include the following: 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.), active NIH or comparable federal funding for at least one mentor, and a clear mentorship and collaboration plan. A potential fellow should not be identified in the pre-submission.

Fellowship Opportunity application components are outlined in the application template (link below).

Pre-submissions describing your fellowship opportunity should be submitted to Dr. Lauren Trepanier ([email protected]) by July 1st 2020, for an anticipated fellowship start date in August 2021.

Opportunities will be screened and posted on the CTSA One Health Alliance (COHA) website by August 15th, 2020 for advertisement 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 11th, 2021. Components of the full proposal, due later, can be found on the COHA website.

Full fellowship applications will be reviewed by the COHA Clinician Scientist Education Subcommittee, joined by an interdisciplinary team of additional reviewers assembled based on pre-submission topics.

Funding decisions will be announced in February 2021, for an August 2021 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.