Program Description

Program Description: The goals of the Clinical Sciences Scholars Program (CSSP) are to (1) attract top talent in clinical research to U-M, (2) provide robust support and mentorship, and (3) develop institutional and national leaders in clinical research.

CSSP scholars will receive a generous start-up package from both departmental and institutional sources and will be paired with a career mentor who is a recognized leader in clinical research whose expertise aligns with the scholar’s major area of interest. Through the program, scholars will be integrated into a multidisciplinary network of clinical researchers, with focused attention on – and support for – career development that spans specific scientific content, clinical research methodology, and leadership skills. They will also be connected with colleagues in the basic and translational sciences.

Candidate Qualifications: The candidate will have earned an MD, DO, and/or PhD in a field of relevance to clinical research. Candidates will have already demonstrated excellence or the clear potential for excellence in their fields. A department in the medical school that conducts clinical research would need to express an interest in their recruitment at the level of assistant or associate professor. Advanced training such as a Master’s degree in clinical research design, public health, or biostatistics is highly desirable. Although it is anticipated that most scholars will be appointed on the Instructional Track, with tenure or the possibility of tenure, other track appointments may be considered. Candidates can be trainees who will be completing their fellowship training (at U-M or at other institutions) and seeking an assistant professor entry-level position. Candidates may also hold faculty positions outside the U-M, to be recruited to Michigan at the assistant or associate professor level depending on their relevant experience and track record.

Governance: The CSSP will be overseen by the Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, who will chair a multidisciplinary committee of accomplished clinical researchers and representatives from the Office of Faculty Affairs (CSSP Oversight and Selection Committee). Ad hoc committee members with specific content expertise will be engaged as required for evaluation of CSSP candidates.

All members of the selection committee will receive diversity and unconscious bias training prior to the evaluation of applications. A CSSP website will be established. The CSSP Committee will report on its efforts annually to the Research Board of Directors. After two to three years, it is anticipated that an annual CSSP symposium will be held with presentations by its scholars and a plenary presentation by a nationally renowned clinical investigator.

Number of CSSP Scholars Selected Annually and their Support: It is anticipated that up to four CSSP scholars will be selected annually. The Dean’s Office will provide $250,000 per recruit that is above the start-up package offered by the recruiting unit. In addition, the start-up package from the recruiting unit needs to be at least $250,000 (aside from what is provided by the Dean’s Office) with none of the total start-up package funds being allocated towards faculty salary. In addition, at least 50% protected time for clinical research needs to be guaranteed for the CCSP candidates for three years by the recruiting unit. Departmental support may exceed 50% protected time or $250,000 in start-up funds, depending on the individual needs and career goals of the scholar, the type of research to be conducted, and the resources available to the department.

Recruitment Cycle: The objective will be to start a cohort of CSSP scholars each summer. There will be a call for applications in major journals (typically in August) with due date of October 1. The candidate pool includes applicants who apply directly to the selection committee or who may be referred to the committee by unit directors for consideration. Candidate interviews take place November-January with offers made January - March and start dates to follow. Close coordination among the selection committee, the host department, and the Office of Faculty Affairs will be critical. There will be an opportunity to select a 2018 class of CSSP Scholars (to start July-December 2018) based on direct referrals of candidates outside the U-M by unit directors. These 2018 CSSP Scholars would be recruited at the assistant or associate professor level (applications due May 1, 2018).

Metrics of Success: The following short- and long-term metrics will be gathered for the CSSP and its scholars.

– Number of applications each year
– Number of scholars recruited each year
– Diversity of scholars
– Number of scholars retained after five years who are still engaged in research

– Publication record
– External funding
– Scholarly recognitions
– Number tenured (who started as assistant professor) and number promoted
– Number of clinical trials led or completed (if this methodology is applicable to scholar’s research)
– Number of clinical guidelines or major studies informing practice standards
– Number of IND/IDEs filed
– Number of inventions or commercialization efforts
– Percentage of scholars who become departmental or institutional leaders in clinical research