K12 Program at Stanford
The Department of Ophthalmology at Stanford University, housed at the Byers Eye Institute, is one of the premier institutions in the world for patient care and education, and over the last 6 years has grown its research program into a top-10 NEI-funded department of ophthalmology. Last year, the department saw 133 active awards from Federal, non-profit, and private sources, with 30 of those awards stemming from direct NIH support. We have rapidly increased in national ranking, most recently ranking #6 nationally (Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research) with $9.0 million in NIH funding in 2019. Other departments within the Stanford vision research community also carry a significant amount of NEI grant funding. Our 46 department faculty participate in important basic, translational, clinical, and device-driven research to identify effective ways to treat patients and restore vision. Our department is well-equipped to successfully support the K12 trainees.
A critical mission of the Stanford Department of Ophthalmology is to train clinician-scientist leaders in ophthalmology. This is already seen in our track record of the development of multidisciplinary research training programs for clinician-scientists that provide effective approaches to understanding the diagnosis, pathogenesis, and therapy of eye disease. To this end, our proposed K12 program creates a comprehensive environment where leading researchers across the Stanford scientific community will be able to mentor vision research Scholars in their career development goals. With the leadership and expertise of Department Chair and Professor Jeffrey L. Goldberg, MD, PhD, the goal of the program is to facilitate career development and a path to independent success for junior clinician-scientists engaged in vision research by providing them the necessary resources and mentoring community needed to grow in their career goals and experience, as well as promoting innovation and collaboration towards transformative vision research.
The program will cover a broad range of vision research themes, and each Scholar will be part of a multidisciplinary mentor group that will be available to support and guide the trainees. Each faculty awardee supported by the K12 will receive from the Department the salary portion not covered by the Ophthalmology K12 Program, assistance with startup costs for research, and office and relevant research space. K12 Scholars will typically spend 1-2 years in the program, undertaking didactic instruction respective to their research area, working with a lead Preceptor and co-mentors in a program that builds not only practical skills needed to achieve funding and collaboration, but also skills in research ethics and leadership. Initially, the Preceptor will be expected to supervise the Scholar’s progress closely to ensure that they use appropriate and rigorous methods, analysis, and interpretation. The Preceptor will then allow Scholars to take on an increasingly independent role in formulating hypotheses, deciding on alternative methods, designing, and conducting experiments, solving problems, and presenting outcomes. The Preceptor will also provide within his/her laboratory opportunities for the Scholar to pursue their own line of research. By the end of the K12 program, each Scholar will exit with mentored (K08, K23) or independent (R-series) funding. We are excited to bring this successful, enduring program to the Stanford Ophthalmology Department and the broader Stanford vision research community with the help of the NEI.
At the time of appointment to the K12 program, scholars must have a clinical degree and perform clinical duties. A scholar should have an active U.S. licensure to practice medicine in the U.S. Scholars who are ophthalmic surgeons may request between 6 and 9 person-months (50% to 75%) of full-time professional effort conducting research and career development activities.
Scholars must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment.
If applying from outside Stanford University, please see our faculty application site and note in cover letter your interest in a K12 position.
If applying from within Stanford, send completed application: Contact Daniel Morrison at 650-725-4544 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All potential applicants are encouraged to explore their potential candidacy with the Chair (Jeffrey Goldberg), Vice Chair for Research (Vinit Mahajan), or any other faculty they would desire as a primary or secondary mentor. Applicants should already be developing research goals when applying. The goal of each project should be explicit and clearly formulated, and we will encourage innovative research with high potential to push current state of the art. The plan should also clarify how the awardee will attain sufficient experience and preliminary data to ensure that they will be competitive in attaining independent funding.
- Full CV
- NIH Style Biosketch – Template and instructions found https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm
- Cover Letter (1-3 pages): This should include,
A. Candidate’s background:
1. Summary of research experience to date, including publications, manuscripts in preparation, and prior grant submissions and awards. Include an overview of fellowship research and include information regarding progress to date and any significant obstacles or challenges.
B. Career goals and objectives:
1. Describe your short and long-term career goals.
2. Justify the need for the award by describing how this award will enable you to develop or expand your research career.
- Research Plan (1-3 pages, excluding references): Description of research goals and/or specific aims.