About the Program
The USC School of Medicine Research Center for Transforming Health supports new faculty, with exceptional promise, to enhance their research skills and projects to jump start their research careers.
The Research Center for Transforming Health Emerging Physician Scientist Faculty Fellowship
(EPS) program is an exciting opportunity for early career or transitioning physician
scientists to gain experience and mentorship in translational research.
The EPS Faculty Fellowship is a 15-month program that will include education, training and pilot project funding, intended to inform a successful extramural grant application and submission. The EPS program aims to facilitate new and innovative, interdisciplinary, translational research with emphasis on diseases and conditions of importance to South Carolina’s future.
Request for Applications
The USC School of Medicine Research Center for Transforming Health is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 call for applications for its Emerging Physician Scientist Faculty Fellowship. The program supports applications across the translational spectrum - from basic science to population health - including patient-centered and community-engaged applications.
Priority will be given to interdisciplinary projects with and/or those intended to reduce health disparities. Collaboration with PhD colleagues, while not required, will be prioritized and is highly recommended. Further details about the award, eligibility and program requirements can be found below.
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Applications open April 16th, 2018
Letter of intent is due May 29th, 2018
Online application is due June 29th, 2018
2018-2019 Program Overview
Program Duration: August 2018-November 2019 (15 months)
Award Amount: $20,000/12 months (direct costs for 12 months from award date / 1 year budget)
Number of Awards: up to 4 may be awarded
- The project PI must be a physician in good standing with Faculty appointment at USC School of Medicine-Columbia
- Propose a research project that is clinical/ translational in nature, that will lead to results suitable to serve as the foundation or support for a successful research grant application
- Have the ability to commit to full participation in all requirements of the program
Benefits for Emerging Physician Scientist:
- Didactic education and training in translational research and grant development
- Support and mentorship in project development and implementation
- Funding for pilot project that can be scaled up and/or used to establish a larger project
- Support and mentorship for successfully securing extramural funding
- Biostatistics Support
Program requirements for PI:
- Complete 3 days of didactic training/education (distributed over 2 months)
- Attend monthly Emerging Physician Scientist meeting/groups (remote access will be available)
- Complete proposed project
- Complete final project report
- Attend at least 1 IRB meeting as an observer
- Attend USC SOM Internal Peer Review meetings, at least one per quarter
- Present an extramural grant proposal at the Emerging Physician Scientist Fellowship Day utilizing findings from fellowship project
Additional application requirements can be found on the
Request for Applications
An informational session was held on April 23rd
Please contact hte RCTH team at RCTH@uscmed.sc.edu for more information
Templates and Documents
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is this program?
The EPS program runs for 15 months- from August of the awarded year to November of the following year. However funding is awarded for a 1-year (12 month) project.
What is the maximum awarded amount?
EPS will receive up to $20,000 for a 1-year (12 month) project.
What are the requirements if I am accepted into the program?
As an EPS Scholar, you will be expected to:
Complete a 3-day didactic training
Attend monthly EPS meeting/groups
Complete proposed project
Complete final project report
Attend at least 1 IRB meeting as an observer
Attend USC SOM Internal Peer Review meetings, at least one per quarter
Present an extramural grant proposal utilizing findings from fellowship
On what campus will the monthly EPS discussion group meeting be held?
Monthly EPS meetings will be held at the School of Medicine VA campus at 6311 Garners Ferry Road.
What if I am unable to attend the monthly EPS meet/groups?
Is there a specific format for my proposal? If so, where can I find that document?
We recommend investigators follow NIH PHS 398 guidelines and formatting for their proposal.
What type of guidance/support will be provided as I am writing the proposal?
The RCTH will be providing an informational session on April 23rd and will be available by appointment for interested investigators. For session information or to schedule an appointment, please email the center at firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there someone who will review my proposal before it is time for submission?
Proposals will not be reviewed prior to the submission deadline. We encourage investigators to reach out to potential mentors for this type of activity.
What information should be included in the Letter of Intent (LOI) and what is the format?
The LOI should include:
Name, email, telephone number and department of the prospective physician scientist
The Name, email, telephone number and department of any key personnel
Mentor’s Name, email, telephone number and department (if one has been identified)
Descriptive title of the project
Brief overview or abstract of proposed project (max 500 words)
Will Letters of Intent be evaluated based on merit?
No, the letters of intent will help inform the RCTH on the later review process of complete applications.
What information should be included in the letter of support from my department chair?
The LOS should indicate the department chair’s knowledge and support of the time needed to complete fellowship requirements and proposed project. Please refer to the RFA and LOS template for more information.
What budget elements are required?
What is a Data Use Agreement?
Data Use Agreements (DUAs) are contractual documents that outline terms and conditions used for the transfer of nonpublic data that is subject to restriction on its use.
Why is a Data Use Agreement (DUA) or documentation of permission to an existing dataset needed for submission of this application?
Obtaining DUAs and/or permissions to use or obtain data and datasets can be a lengthy process. Obtaining these permissions and completing projects may not be feasible in the program timeframe.