K12 Program Frequently Asked Questions

No. If you do not yet know what mentor team you would like to propose, please describe the advice and expertise you are seeking from potential mentors in the application form. Applicants who are currently affiliated with MUSC are encouraged to select their mentor team at the time of application.

Yes. Other MUSC faculty members may be considered to be mentors in the K12 Paul Calabresi Career Development for Clinical & Translational Oncology Program. If you would like to propose a mentor who is not listed, contact hcck12@musc.edu to request approval of your proposed mentor. Note that primary mentors must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for approval:

  • A longstanding track record of successful, independent research.
  • Must have already obtained their own funding (e.g., R01).
  • Successful record of mentoring trainees in academic careers.
  • Time to dedicate to a mentee.
  • Desire to be a mentor and willingness to write a letter of support.

The Program supports up to three Scholars per year.

No. Faculty positions are not guaranteed upon completion of the program.

Ineligible individuals include current and former principal investigators on NIH research project grants, comparable individual career development awards (e.g., K01, K07, K08, K23, K25), equivalent non-PHS peer-reviewed research grants that are over $100,000 direct costs per year, or project leaders on sub-projects of program project (P01) or center (P50) grants. Former principal investigators of NIH Small Grants (R03) or Exploratory/Developmental Grants (R21) remain eligible.

Research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator (or colleague) directly interacts with human subjects. Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues that cannot be linked to a living individual. Priority will be given to candidates with a focus on therapeutic trial development.

Please refer to the RFA for application deadline details.

Yes. Non-MUSC faculty are eligible to apply but are required to have a letter of commitment from their prospective MUSC department chair prior to applying.

The K12 Program is primarily targeted to new assistant professors. Only under exceptional circumstances would an associate professor be considered. If you are an associate professor who is interested in applying, please contact Dr. John Wrangle or Dr. David Neskey to discuss your eligibility.