The Clinical Research Education, Mentoring, and Career Development (CREMCaD) Key Component Activity provides a coordinated program of training, mentoring, and opportunities for research exchange that promotes the understanding and growth of NIH funded independent clinical and translational research in the Mountain West IDeA States. The CREMCaD KCA facilitates the development of a career path focused on translational or clinical research for:

  • Early Stage Investigators, i.e., faculty members within ten years of their terminal degree or completion of their residency training who have not yet competed successfully as a Principal Investigator/Project Director for a substantial NIH award;
  • New Investigators, i.e., faculty members who have not yet competed successfully as a Principal Investigator/Project Director for a substantial NIH award (see: New and Early Stage Investigator Policies); and
  • Mid-career and Senior Investigators who have been successful in obtaining NIH funding in basic science, who now wish to branch into translational or clinical research; who will benefit from education, mentoring and collaborative opportunities to assist in that transition.

Key Elements

  1. The CREMCaD KCA provides educational opportunities in key aspects of clinical and translational research suited to investigators with diverse backgrounds, complex schedules, and wide-ranging locations. Offerings are provided through distance learning hosted on our website, live webcasts, archived webcasts, and live offerings at the CTR-IN Annual Meeting.
  2. The CREMCaD KCA assists investigators in identifying potential mentors and collaborators through centralized listings of researchers available through the CTSA VIVO and the RTRN (Research Centers in Minority Institutions [RCMI] Translational Research Network) PROFILE systems. The CREMCAD Mentoring Core helps CTR-IN researchers to establish those relationships and monitors them to ensure that they achieve the desired aims. Dual mentoring with basic and clinical mentors may be an important element of training junior investigators.
  3. The CREMCaD KCA provides active immersion experiences in clinical and translational research through Visiting Scholar and Mini-Sabbatical Awards for investigators without effective local access to relevant expertise.
    CTR-IN VS Round 2 RFA
    CTR-IN Mini-Sabbatical Round 2 RFA