Career Development Program

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ABOUTJames Keck

The University of Kentucky Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences (UK-CARES) Career Development Program is coordinated in a partnership with the Administrative Core and led by Dr. Kevin Pearson. The mission of the Career Development Program is to promote collaboration among basic, clinical, and population scientists; support early-stage investigators in developing diverse professional skills; and to attract mid-level investigators and scientists in other fields through opportunities to focus on environmentally-induced diseases. Dr. Pearson is also co-director of UK's Research Scholars Program designed to ensure diversity and inclusion in research by promoting faculty success.


  • Promote career development of early-stage investigators.

  • Provide opportunities for mid-level investigators to focus on environmental health-related research.

  • Foster collaborations among investigators working in basic, clinical and population science fields.

  • Develop scientific enrichment activities for all UK CARES investigators.


Closed on July 24, 2020, at 5:00 pm, ET

UK-CARES plans to accept applications from full-time early-stage investigators (ESI) at the University of Kentucky (UK) for the Career Development Program in early 2022. If you would like to receive notifications of future calls for applications, please click here to join our mailing list.

Career Development Awards are limited to full-time faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor (all title series are eligible including regular, research, clinical and special) at UK, and is intended to support early-career investigators as they build their capacity to design and implement innovative,  studies in environmental health sciences that will lead to NIEHS pilot and extramural funding. Post-doctoral trainees are not eligible for this award.

The awards [up to $60,000 in total direct costs, plus 50.5% for Facilities and Administrative Costs (F&A) for up to 20 months] will be made on a competitive basis to support activities designed to grow the faculty member’s EHS program of research. It is anticipated that funds will be available for one (1) or two (2) awards depending on the number of meritorious applications and needs of the specific project.

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Program Leader
Kevin Pearson, PhD
College of Medicine
Research Scholars Program