METIOR is a team-based, yearlong mentored training program that establishes and exploits interdisciplinary collaborations between clinicians, researchers and industry partners. METIOR fills the communication gap between clinicians, industries and academia by providing participant teams with the tools to develop fundable hypothesis-driven immunotherapy projects. Projects originate from a chosen provocative question that addresses current hurdles in the immuno-oncology field. METIOR culminates with a team-based grant application for one $50,000 award.
Apply by January 22, 2018 to participate in the program.
The inaugural program's provocative question is:
Immunotherapy does not work in all patients, yet--Can you improve the outcome?
The METIOR Incubator is a program that aims to attract early career scientists across disciplines to collaborate on hypothesis-driven projects for which they will receive nine months of mentorship from experts in the field. Selected applicants will receive year-long mentorship from medical oncologists, research scientists, business experts, and NIH/FDA grant officers with a goal of generating successful team projects and novel collaborative efforts that leverage the unique strengths of the participants.
The program will entail progression toward collaborative grant application development, punctuated by three in-person retreats: the "Anti-Educational Summit," the "METIORic Progress" meeting, and a final convocation at which the METIOR Committee will announce the collaborative project selected for a $50,000 seed grant. The winning team will present their grant proposal as part of the Early Career Session at SITC 2018.
Following the first anti-educational meeting, METIORites will briefly formulate a hypothesis-driven project focused on a specific topic/hurdle in immunotherapy. The topic will be released at the time registration opens. An online communication and project management platform will be provided to foster successful grant writing on an ongoing basis and to promote continued relationship development within the groups. Participants will take advantage of the three in-person meetings (see above) and monthly teleconferences to provide the committee and mentors with project updates. Two months before the last meeting, each group will submit a grant application that will be considered for the SITC METIOR $50,000 seed funds.
Candidates will apply by submitting their completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by January 22nd 2018 at 11:59pm EST. Selection will be made on a competitive basis by a dedicated review committee. A balanced Cohort with diverse representation across expertise (i.e. basic science, physician and industries) and compatible project concepts will be primary considerations during the selection process.
All participants must attend ALL THREE (3) in-person retreats. Retreats will be held March 9-11 2018 (Anti-Educational Summit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), Sept. 6-8th 2018 (METIORic retreat, location TBD), and the SITC 2018 meeting, Washington DC). METIOR will arrange participants’ complimentary hotel accommodation and will provide reimbursement for travel. Upon selection into the program there is a one-time $500 registration fee.
The METIORites will have approximately 12 months to formulate and write a collaborative proposal. The best project would win the $50,000 grant to compile preliminary data for a full grant application.
METIOR AlumniAfter participation in the METIOR incubator program, METIORites will have the opportunity to create an alumni network with the goal of sharing the training experience with new recruits and establish and maintain collaborations with other METIORites.
Complete Application Requirements and Review Criteria
A candidate’s personal statement, biosketch/CV, letter of intent and one letter of recommendation, as well as the responses to short answer questions must be emailed to email@example.com by January 22, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.
The review committee will assess the following items per each candidate:
Application Deadline: January 22nd 2018 11:59pm EST
If you have questions regarding the application or the METIOR Incubator program please contact:
Alex Cadena, BS, BA MD Anderson Cancer Center APCadena@mdanderson.org
Sebastian Battaglia, PhD Roswell Park Cancer Institutesebastiano.firstname.lastname@example.org
Collaboration across disciplines, such as basic life sciences, medical oncology, and industry, has facilitated the recent explosion in the use of immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer. However, scientists and clinicians train separately, and often emerge without a common language, hindering ease of collaboration. We propose the Mentoring for Early Translational Immuno-Oncology Researchers (METIOR) Incubator as a new educational paradigm.
The METIOR Incubator is a program that aims to attract young investigators across disciplines to collaborate on hypothesis-driven projects for which they will receive yearlong mentorship from experts in the field. Each application cycle, a new problem in immuno-oncology will be chosen as the Incubator’s provocative theme. Applicants will submit hypotheses pertaining to the theme, and will answer questions that could serve as the basis of grant proposals. Selection will be based on relevance, novelty, and likelihood of contribution to other applicants’ successful proposals. Those selected will be assigned to teams comprised of individuals from different sectors who shared common questions in their applications. Mentor teams will be comprised of established professionals who are dynamic and eager to facilitate our mission of “cross-talk” between the many disciplines of immuno-oncology. The selected individuals and teams will receive year-long mentorship from medical oncologists, research scientists, business experts, and NIH/FDA grant officers with a goal of generating successful team projects and novel collaborative efforts that leverage the unique strengths of the participants.
The structure of our program has three phases. Our first annual meeting, the "Anti-Educational Summit" will invite the mentors to speak and participants to meet their teammates and share their questions/hypotheses while formulating plans for collaborative projects to develop throughout the year. The teams will work on these projects for several months with the guidance of their mentors until the in-person "METIORic Progress" meeting, where ideas for the following year’s Incubator will be developed and participants will have the opportunity to further develop their projects. Participants will complete their work/grant proposals and submit projects on an internal deadline. The METIOR Committee will select a collaborative project of a team including at least 1 basic scientist, 1 clinician, and 1 industry expert for a $50,000 seed grant derived from Sparkathon funding. The winning team will present their grant proposal as part of the Early Career Session at SITC 2019. During the conference, the cohort of the first Incubator will serve as mentors to the ensuing year’s Incubator cohort. This format will allow participants to develop longitudinal relationships with mentors in the field, and will create a network of young investigators across specialties, embedding more translational work into the fabric of their training. We plan for the incubator to have a long and sustainable life, which is why during the ensuing year we will research additional funding sources and potential university partners to support subsequent years of the METIOR program.
The following young investigators comprise the member roster for The METIOR Incubatory of the SITC Sparkathon 2017 Cohort.
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