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Early-Career Salary Support

Target Audience 

Early-career faculty with 50% or more research effort who are in the process of establishing a research program. 


To provide an extension of time for early-career faculty to achieve the required 75% extramural funding. 


All Early-Career Salary Support documents must be submitted by close of business on Monday, February 27, 2017. Decisions will be communicated by close of business on Friday, March 31, 2017. 


Early-career faculty must meet one of the two criteria below to be eligible to receive salary support under this program. 

  1. Early-career faculty who are not more than 3 years post completion of a mentored early-career award (e.g. K Award) and:
    - Have achieved 25% or more of their research effort from extramural funds at the time of application, and
    - Have completed the defined start-up period. 
  2. Early-career faculty who received a recruitment start-up package and:
    - Have been at the rank of assistant professor for 7 years or less, and
    - Have achieved 50% or more of their research effort from extramural funds at the time of application, and
    - Have completed the defined start-up period. 

Important Notes 

  • To assist with determining eligibility, we have created decision trees for both scenario 1 & 2 listed above.  
  • We understand that not all circumstances will easily follow simple decision trees. If you and your chair would like to discuss your specific circumstances, please contact Chris O’Byrne, Vice President of Research Administration & Operations, at cobyrne@wakehealth.edu and we can set up a time to meet. 
  • If you do not meet these criteria or remain within your start-up period and hold insufficient funds to support your needs, please refer to the standard Research Salary Bridge Program

Guidelines and Instructions

Department Chairs should meet with early-career faculty in January to discuss and review their research development plan. If the early-career faculty member is eligible and requires Early-Career Salary Support, Chairs should submit a letter outlining the faculty member’s research development plan via email to Chris O’Byrne (cobyrne@wakehealth.edu) with a copy to Lindsay Trost (ltrost@wakehealth.edu). The letter should include: 

  • A summary of the early-career faculty member’s current funding situation.
  • Percent effort and dollar amount needed to supplement the early-career faculty member’s salary in the coming fiscal year.
  • A summary of research activity over the previous 12 months.
  • A brief description of pending proposals including scores, if available.
  • A brief description of planned and revised proposals, publications and other relevant information.

In addition, please attach a copy of the early-career faculty member’s signed offer letter outlining the terms of the start-up period.