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PS2 Research Scholars Program in Nursing and Allied Health

Please note that the description below is for the 2016 program.  The next funding round is on hold while the program director Dr. Scott Holland is on sabbatical.

The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Department of Patient Services, in collaboration with the CCTST and supported by a NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), is pleased to announce the 2016 PS2 Research Scholars Program for scientists in nursing and the allied health professions at CCHMC. The PS2 program is targeted to professionals with appointments in the Department of Patient Services at CCHMC and will support doctoral (PhD, PharmD, AuD, DSc)-level scientists with nursing and allied health backgrounds who aim to focus their careers on research.

At least 75% of PS2 Scholars’ full-time professional effort must be devoted to the PS2 plan for its duration. The primary goal of the PS2 grant award mechanism is to provide protected time for research career development for a period of 2-3 years, under the guidance of an established research mentor, in order to obtain the training and publication record needed to compete successfully for extramural grant funding. The program will provide salary support for 75% effort (up to $75,000/year plus fringe benefits) plus $25,000/year in expenses, along with mentorship and specific expectations for publications and applications for extramural grants. During the award period, Scholars are expected to apply for their own K23, K25, or similar individual career development awards.

To be eligible, a potential PS2 Scholar must be a full-time employee at CCHMC in the Department of Patient Services and have a UC primary or affiliated faculty appointment in Nursing, Allied Health or Pharmacy at the time of application; the appointment cannot be contingent on obtaining the PS2 award. Scholars must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status.

One new award will be made in the next funding round. Letters of Intent (LOI) for the last funding round were due May 17, 2016. Invited applicants were notified June 1, 2016, with full proposals due July 19, 2016. The first year award began October 1, 2016. More details and application with instructions for the 2016 program are linked below:

Questions can be directed to Scott Holland, PhD, Director, Research in Patient Services, at

Recent Awardees:

2015  Sandra Staveski, PhD, RN
Delirium After Pediatric Cardiac Surgery



2014  Catherine Quatman-Yates, PT, DPT, PhD
Clinical Detection of Post-Concussion Impairments in Childlren and Adolescents


2013  Heather Tubbs Cooley, PhD, RN
Missed Nursing Care and Infant Outcomes in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit