Investigator Development Program

Investigator Development Program

The MCCTR Investigator Development Program provides structured mentorship, protected time, and research support-to promote the development of junior faculty to establish independent careers in obesity-focused research; enhances the research skills of junior faculty members through courses in the UMMC Master of Science in Clinical Investigation degree program; seeks to increase the number and diversity of junior faculty members pursuing clinical, translational, and population research in obesity and related disorders; and supports the development of junior faculty exploring racial disparities in obesity and related disorders in Mississippi.

Each participant in the program is designated a “CCTR Investigator” and receives salary support at 50% effort, plus additional research support of up to $40,000 per year through the Pilot Projects Program, subject to initial and annual review by the Scientific Review Panel, and approval of both the research plan and budget by the Steering Committee. CCTR Investigators have access to all institutional research cores and are offered the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation through the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences.

Applicants must have a full-time faculty position (rank of assistant professor or higher) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), Tougaloo College, or the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and have assurance from their department chair or dean that they will devote at least 50% effort toward obesity-related translational, clinical or population research. Eligibility is also restricted to Junior Investigators who do not concurrently have research funding from another IDeA Program award mechanism.

For additional information regarding eligibility for support, the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation program and program requirements, see the links below.