Emerging Scholar Program

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This competitive award program aims to help talented junior investigators launch a successful independent research career. CPOD Scholars will receive funds to perform exploratory studies or generate a new research model, and an individualized mentoring committee to guide project development and grant submission. This program takes advantage of the broad base of Center members and extends our training impact in a new and exciting direction.


The CPOD Emerging Scholar Program has been established to support early-stage faculty or senior postdoctoral fellows transitioning to a faculty position at the University of Michigan. This is a competitive award ($25,000 total over a two-year period) that aims to provide mentoring for talented junior investigators working to develop an independent research program. The funds will allow emerging investigators to perform exploratory studies and/or generate new research models needed for their research program. In addition, a mentoring committee for each scholar will be established. The mentoring committee will advise the Emerging Scholar on research priorities and assist with the development of a grant proposal (R01, K01, etc.). This program will give the scholar access to a broad base of CPOD Faculty to partner with to establish an independent research program.


  • The applicant must have a full-time faculty appointment at the University of Michigan or have an active full-time appointment by the time funding takes effect;
  • Be an early-stage faculty or senior postdoctoral fellow transitioning to a faculty position at the University of Michigan;
  • The research project must fit the goals of the CPOD Mission Statement;
  • The Scholar must commit to submitting an external career development award (e.g., K01, K08) or research grant (e.g., R01, R21) within the first year of the award;
  • And the Scholar (or their mentor) do not have to be a CPOD Faculty Member.

CPOD does not consider the following eligible:

  • Those who have already received R or K type (or equivalent) funding;
  • Those who have already received startup or grant funds in the amount of $500,000 or more.

For more information or questions, email: CPOD-contact@umich.edu