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How does MCCISS work?

Our K12 scholars complete individually tailored career development plans that meld:


Coursework covers cutting edge implementation science frameworks and methods, tailored to the individual scholar's needs, background and institution.
Weekly IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE SEMINAR featuring guest speakers, works in progress, mock study section and more.
We encourage you also to pursue training in Implementation Science-aligned areas relevant to your future focus (e.g., Communications, Systems Engineering, Community Engagement, Data Sciences.)

Mentored Research Training

  • Scholars receive mentored research training conducted in collaboration with a diverse range of clinical and community partners and career development opportunities, to prepare them for careers as independent scientists.
  • Each scholar has a mentoring team that meets their unique training needs. At a minimum, each scholar has a primary mentor, typically identified by the scholar. Scholars are encouraged to also include secondary mentors who bring complementary expertise.
  • The program emphasizes providing opportunities for junior faculty to serve as secondary mentors.
  • Scholars have opportunities to complete their K12 funded research, publish their work and develop new grant proposals based on their pilot findings.

Optional enrichment opportunities

K Club  The CCTS Research Career & Writing Group (K-Club ) provides information and feedback on Research Career Award applications (NIH K Awards, VA Research Career Awards, CTSA K12 grants, etc.). Participants receive feedback on their biosketch, training plans, research plan, specific aims, and a wealth of other information. 

Meetings are held every other week on Wednesday from 4-5PM. Please email for the current schedule. Attend in person or by conference call. Materials to be reviewed by the group need to be submitted one week in advance of the meeting.

More information: 

Pathway to Independence (PI) Working Group -- NIH R-type Grant Application Seminar

This program, designed to help fellows and faculty with their grant applications to the NIH (or foundations or other major funding sources), is on hiatus as of July 2019.  For more information contact or .

All scholars must devote 75% effort during their 2-year tenure in the program.