Continuation in the Psychiatry K12 Career Development Awards Program is determined yearly based upon satisfactory research progress, professional effort, academic grades, and attendance and participation in CRTC events.

Professional effort

K12 Scholars are expected to devote at least 75% of their full-time effort to the training and clinical research activities of the K12 Program.

Scholars’ remaining effort may be devoted to other clinical or academic pursuits consistent with the award.

NIH policy requires that the remainder of a scholar’s salary (the portion NOT paid by the K12 program) must come from non-federal sources.


Developing a successful clinical and translational research career requires strong relationships with mentors and a research team. Each scholar must have program-approved primary and secondary mentors. The primary mentor will be the scholar’s main source of research supervision and career development.  Scholars are expected to meet with their mentors monthly. K12 mentors are expected to be available for consultation and support concerning the scholar’s current projects and future progress. K12 mentors are also expected to provide formal feedback to the scholar at least annually.

Didactic coursework and research seminars

K12 Scholars are required to enroll in MTPCI Research Seminar (M17-5140).

Scholars will attend the weekly MTPCI Seminar (currently held on Tuesday afternoons) during the Fall and Spring semesters (mid-August through May). Scholars are required to present research-in-progress once each year. Feedback will be provided from the Directors, Mentors, and peers in attendance.

One session each month will be dedicated to Career Development topics. During these seminars, external speakers will be invited to present.

Scholars will have the option to enroll in Ethical and Legal Issues in Clinical Research (M17-510) or complete 8 face-to-face hours of RCR ethics training.

Scholars may select additional coursework tailored to their individual career development needs and interests. Completion of a Master’s Degree is not required.

Individual development plans

K12 Scholars must establish an Individual Development Plan in consultation with their mentors and advisory committee. This plan must be submitted annually.

All Individual Development Plans should include:

  • Individual development goals for the next 1-5 years
  • Career objectives for each goal – For each objective, the scholar should indicate what individual products (degrees, publications, presentations, grants, etc.) are expected
  • Research activities and projects that will assist the scholar in meeting the objectives
  • An overview of the courses, workshops and other educational/training activities that the Scholar plans to pursue
  • A timeline should also be constructed to display the individual objectives, educational activities, research activities, and products

Research Training Symposium & Poster Session

The Washington University School of Medicine hosts the Research Training Symposium and Poster Session annually in October. All Psychiatry K12 Scholars are required to submit an abstract and either present a poster or act as a discussant each year of their appointments. Scholars are given the option to have their research considered for an oral presentation.

IRB approvals

Scholars are required to provide to the Program current IRB approvals for their research project(s).

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Scholars are required to complete the course Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Clinical Research (M17-510) during their time in the program as part of their training in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Scholars must also comply with Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Guidelines for the duration of the program.

Grant citations 

CRTC scholars are to acknowledge the receipt of any grant funding in all publications, Biosketches, and Other Support documents. Each program has unique requirements for citing grants. 

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Research progress

Scholars are to keep the Program informed of their individual progress including published manuscripts, abstracts, submitted grant applications and awards in a timely manner. Additionally, at least once each year, all Scholars are required to provide a progress report detailing their research-in-progress.

Research funds

Scholars are required to submit a budget to the NIDA Research Administrator prior to the start of their program appointment and each subsequent year of the program. This budget must outline projected expenses to be covered by research funds. Budget revisions and expense reports are required as incurred. All scholars are expected to follow the financial policies of the Program. Failure to follow Program policies may result in denial of reimbursement or purchase requests.

ICTS Research Design & Biostatistics Group (RDBG) Research Plan

Scholars are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the RDBG and their mentors to discuss their research plan and specific needs, if needed. The purpose of the RDBG is to provide Scholars with guidance on data management and statistical analysis.

National meetings and conferences

K12 Scholars are required to attend one national meeting per year, selected in collaboration with their mentors.

Program evaluations

Scholars are expected to complete required program evaluations twice per year. These evaluations are administered online and are mandatory for all scholars.