The OCRP Ovarian Cancer Academy, which was initially created in FY09, is a unique, interactive virtual academy providing intensive mentoring, national networking, and a peer group for junior faculty. The overarching goal of the Ovarian Cancer Academy is to develop successful, highly productive ovarian cancer researchers in a collaborative research and career development environment.
The Ovarian Cancer Academy is a virtual career development and research training platform that consists of Early-Career Investigators and their Designated Mentors from different institutions, and an Academy Dean and Assistant Dean. The Academy Leadership serves as a resource for the Early-Career Investigators and Mentors, assessing the progress of the Early-Career Investigators, and facilitating communication and collaboration among all of the Early-Career Investigators and Mentors, as well as with national research and advocacy communities. Information about the Academy is available through the Ovarian Cancer Academy video and OCRP Glitz Sheet on the OCRP website.
This FY17 Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity is soliciting additional Early-Career Investigators to join the existing Academy. This award mechanism enables the Early-Career Investigator (the Principal Investigator [PI] on the application) to pursue an ovarian cancer project that may be basic, translational, and/or clinical research, under the guidance of a Designated Mentor. The Designated Mentor is not required to be at the same institution as the Early-Career Investigator. DoD FY17 OCRP Ovarian Cancer Academy – Early-Career Investigator Award 4 Preliminary data to support the feasibility of the research hypotheses and research approaches are required; however, these data do not necessarily need to be derived from the ovarian cancer research field. Clinical trials are not allowed under this mechanism.
The OCRP encourages applications from Early-Career Investigators whose ability to commit to conducting ovarian cancer research is limited by minimal resources or a lack of resources, such as a qualified Designated Mentor at his/her institution, access to ovarian cancer research tools, opportunities for establishing collaborations, or other overwhelming obstacles.
The Early-Career Investigator, who will be the PI of the application, must be in the early career stage. This award provides the Early-Career Investigator with funding, networking and collaborative opportunities, and research experience necessary to develop and sustain a successful, independent career at the forefront of ovarian cancer research. This award also provides support and protected time for the Early-Career Investigator for 4 years of intensive research under the guidance of a Designated Mentor experienced in ovarian cancer research. Although the Ovarian Cancer Academy will serve as a conduit to share knowledge and research experience among all academy members, the Early-Career Investigator and Designated Mentor will be responsible for developing the Early-Career Investigator’s career development plans and for designing and executing the proposed research. The Early-Career Investigator must clearly articulate his/her commitment to a career as an ovarian cancer researcher and to participating in and contributing to the growth of the Ovarian Cancer Academy.
The Designated Mentor must have a strong record of mentoring and training early-career investigators. In addition to being a Designated Mentor to an Early-Career Investigator, the Mentor must agree to serve as a secondary Mentor to another Ovarian Cancer Academy – EarlyCareer Investigator.
The Early-Career Investigator and Designated Mentor are required to attend a Department of Defense (DoD) OCRP biennial multi-day Academy workshop and, in alternate years, a DoD OCRP Academy 1-day workshop.
The anticipated direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY17 OCRP Ovarian Cancer Academy – Early-Career Investigator award will not exceed $725,000. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information.