NIH has the K24 Mid-Career Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research for mid-career faculty to mentor the careers of junior faculty and post-doctoral scholars, but NIDCR does not fund that mechanism. Successful mentoring does not just happen by itself, but requires planning, significant time, and at least some investment in the mentors as well as mentees . A K24 awardee cohort could be used to develop a cadre of mentors and mentees to network, share ideas, and support career development.
Comment No. 147