Mentorship Funding


C-STAR Collaborative Mentorship Funding


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C-STAR Mission


The Center for Smart Use of Technologies to Assess Real World Outcomes (C-STAR) is one of six national resource centers part of the Medical Rehabilitation Research Resource Network (MR3) of the National Institutes of Health. C-STAR was born out of a need to equip investigators with the skills and knowledge to accurately employ technologies to measure and interpret data relevant to sensorimotor and cognitive function in the lab, clinic and real world.

Collaborative Mentorship Funding


Our aim is to provide junior faculty and early-career rehabilitation researchers with mentorship on career advancement from senior scientists and clinicians at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Mentees wil collaborate with interdisciplinary team members to learn clinical trial and pilot study development, advanced applications of sensors and technology, as well as measurement of outcomes in rehabilitation research. Additional guidance will be provided on grant writing and submission, allowing mentees to achieve the objective of developing their own studies and applying for extramural funding.

The Collaborative Mentorship Funding Program includes financial and educational support through extended teaching and learning. One of our affiliated resources is the Center for Education and Career Development at Northwestern University, which will connect our candidates to additional educational tools. The mentorship program will use a variety of outlets including virtual meetings, webinars and workshops, and offer opportunities for hands-on-training with site visits to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

Who is Eligible to Apply?


Early-career rehabilitation researchers who are seeking mentoring from senior scientists and clinicians.

As defined by NIH, "early career researchers are about to transition - or have recently moved - to fully independent positions as investigators, faculty members, clinician scientists, or scientific team leaders in industry"


Learn more about the cutting-edge interdisciplinary research model at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. This NIH funding will provide unique opportunities in applied training using sensors and technology for the purpose of measuring outcomes in rehabilitation research.

Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, as well as individuals with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.

If you have additional questions regarding this unique opportunity, please contact

Funding Track Options:


1. Remote Mentorship Funding: salary support up to 20% - All virtual, will be matched with both career development and technology mentors.

2. Visiting Scholar: includes travel funds and daily allowance for collaboration on projects and hands-on technology use.

3. Traditional Sabbatical: extended on-site learning, 1:4 cost-sharing arrangement with university or home institution.

Apply for Mentorship Funding


Step 1: Candidate Survey

First complete the Candidate Information Survey (on RedCap).


Step 2: Upload Documents

Complete your full application through Northwestern University’s Competitions website (open Dec 11, 2023). You will need to create a free account for access to the application. There you will find the additional questions to answer regarding your request for funding related to career development and mentorship. This will include:

  • NIH Biosketch
  • Research Statement
  • Mentoring Statement

Key Dates


Application Open:

  • Thursday December 11, 2023

Application Close:

  • Tuesday January 26, 2024

Candidates Notified By:

  • Friday March 15, 2024


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