To train junior investigators, National Institutes of Health has historically used Research Skills Development Core grants, provided to selected centers, for their candidates to receive intensive local training, education, and mentoring in focused areas. The Pediatric Heart Network Scholars Program took a novel, more inclusive, team science approach and embedded a scholarship program into its successful multi-center research framework.
The PHN Scholar Program is a career development program to train the next generation of clinician-scientists in pediatric cardiology-related research, a historically underfunded area. We are looking for investigators to continue innovative pediatric cardiology research.
For junior investigators, it can be challenging to find time and funding to work on new research ideas. To protect the time of promising young investigators this unique training program has created a framework for successful competition for the K award or alternative sources of extramural funding.
A PHN Scholar candidate must be from one of the PHN core centers and intend to pursue formal research funding to support an academic career.
Any individual who meets these criteria and has the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as Principal Investigator(s) is invited to work with his/her PHN Core Center to development an application.