Faculty Mentoring

Faculty Mentoring:

KBRIN-mediated Faculty Mentoring is supplemental to the collaborative processes already in place between faculty and their existing discipline-specific mentors. The KBRIN-process is structured to facilitate the development of federally competitive biomedical research programs with the aid of a set of best practices. These best practices are designed to complement the financial support provided through our research funding activities (see Research Support). The over-riding goal is to develop independent investigators who can provide superior research experiences for undergraduate students. The main aim of this core is to provide support and training to help junior investigators establish high quality pilot data as required to compete successfully for NIH funding.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop research grant support guidelines
  • Review all grant support applications
  • Provide extensive formative critiques in NIH format
  • Plan and present intensive NIH R15 proposal development workshops
  • Site visits with KBRIN funded PIs and institutional administrators
  • Identify potential collaborators and state of the art resources (e.g., microarray facilities)
  • Review NIH R15 applications and critiques

Development of Research Faculty

  • Provide research funding to develop high quality pilot data and publications
  • Provide release time from teaching to devote to research (25-50%)
  • Require Institutional Commitment
  • Focus on the development of successful R15 as a path to research independence
  • Provide extensive scientific and proposal development mentoring
  • Provide access to state-of-the-art core facilities
  • Facilitate collaborations with the state’s research intensive universities


  • Mark Bardgett - NKU
  • Cheryl Davis -WKU
  • Doug Dennis - MSU
  • Pat Calie - EKU
  • Arnold Stromberg - UK
  • Pamela Feldhoff – U of L
  • Nigel Cooper – U of L
  • Bruce Mattingly – MSU - Chair
  • R15 grant holders with knowledge of specific domains as needed
  • Study Section members who may have working experience of the R15 review process