Faculty Mentoring and Career Development
The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) and The University of Florida (UF) have developed a Rehabilitation Research Career Development (RRCD) program in collaboration with a network of NCMRR Research Infrastructure Cores, VA Centers of Excellence, rehabilitation research institutes, and physical and occupational therapy departments nationwide. The RRCD Program will recruit and train rehabilitation scientists who are occupational and physical therapists. Program activities will provide trainees with the skills necessary to become independent investigators and future leaders and mentors in rehabilitation. UTMB and UF will function as a consortium to provide an integrated research and educational infrastructure to assure the success of the proposed program. The RRCD program will take advantage of existing resources at UTMB and UF including K30 Clinical Research Curriculum Awards, General Clinical Research Centers, and Older American Independence (Pepper) Centers (P30). The career development opportunities associated with these centers and grants will be integrated into the RRCD program. The RRCD program will provide up to three years of NIH support for physical and occupational therapists.
Grant Writing Workgroup
This workgroup is led by senior faculty members Michael E. Robinson, Ph.D. and David Fuller, Ph.D. and is designed to assist faculty members in preparing grant applications. The Work Group is led by senior faculty members who have a provenand long-term track record in research funding. The group meets biweekly to assist faculty members with the various facets of grant preparation, ranging from concept development to response to reviewers’ critiques. The intent of the Workgroup is to provide a supportive and collegial environment to assist faculty in negotiating each stage of the grant process. “Model” applications will be available for review and the group will provide hands on feedback.