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. Goals include gaining innovative research skills by collaborating with interdisciplinary team members to learn clinical trial and pilot study development, enhanced understanding of the use 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.


Collaborative mentorship funding will allow individuals the opportunity to obtain up to 20% salary effort for six months. Funding may be applied towards personalized, direct mentorship, with any of our renowned scientists, physicians and clinicians. 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


Apply for Mentorship Funding


Step 1: Candidate Survey

Complete the Candidate Information Survey (on RedCap), below.


Step 2: Upload Documents

Complete your full application through Northwestern University’s Competitions website, linked below. 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:

  • Monday, March 28, 2022

Application Close:

  • Friday, June 3, 2022

Candidates Notified By:

  • Thursday, July 1, 2022

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