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iTHRIV CTSA Scholar Career Development Program

Sora Shin in lab
Sora Shin, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the research institute who was selected as an iTHRIV Scholar in 2019. Her laboratory examines how stress alters brain circuits, causing lasting changes to mood, behavior, and, in some cases, overall mental health.

The iTHRIV Scholar Career Development Program aims to train the next generation of translational researchers in principles of data science and the conduct of rigorous and reproducible science, while also promoting team science as a means to enhance innovation and discovery in health-related research. The iTHRIV Scholars Program is available to full-time faculty applicants who have a doctoral degree, or its equivalent, in a research or health profession.

The iTHRIV Scholars program, launched in 2017, helps early career faculty members advance their careers. Meet the iTHRIV Scholars.

Application Process

The 2023 iTHRIV Scholar program Request for Applications is now available.

Letters of intent are due by Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022 and applications are due Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023.

  • Please note: Proposals that demonstrate potential to integrate team science and data science in clinical or translational research are preferred.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must have a research or health-professional doctoral degree (or its equivalent), including but not limited to M.D., D.O., Ph.D., D.V.M., and/or D.N.P.
  • Applicants must have a full-time faculty appointment at Virginia Tech or joint appointment with Carilion Clinic at the time of the award; the position cannot be contingent on obtaining this award. (Faculty holding at least a 9-month appointment are eligible).
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or non-citizen national, or have documented permanent resident status.
  • Applicants and their home department must commit 75% effort to mentored research and career development activities (deviations from this will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are subject to approval during the application process). A letter of support from the applicant’s department chair must include a statement of commitment to 75% protected time (or to the agreed upon amount) and a clear description of other activities (including the percent effort allocated to clinical responsibilities, on-call time, teaching, service, and/or administrative activities).
  • Applicants who have previously received a career development award or a national independent research award (as PI) covering more than two full calendar months of support in a year (e.g. NSF, NIH, AHA) are NOT eligible.

About the iTHRIV CTSA

The integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV) is part of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) partnership between Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Carilion Clinic, and Inova Health System. iTHRIV aims to promote interdisciplinary research projects that help bring scientific innovations from the lab into clinical practice. iTHRIV also strives to address social equity, with the goal of implementing research that will benefit underserved populations across Virginia. The iTHRIV Scholars Program is supported in part by the National Center For Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Numbers KL2TR003016 and UL1TR003015.


For more information about the iTHRIV Scholar Career Development Program, please contact Leanna Blevins, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences Education, at or 540-526-2191.

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    Leanna Blevins
    Leanna Blevins, Ph.D. , bio

    Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Academic Affairs, Co-Director, Integrated Health Sciences Research Program, Affiliate Research Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences