Each TL1 trainee must identify a lead mentor who is an established, independently funded clinical and/or translational investigator at one of the collaborating institutions (Emory, MSM, or Georgia Tech). Lead mentors should be established and successful clinical and/or translational investigators with a strong mentoring track record. Generally this means that the lead investigator must be a federally-funded investigator (e.g., NIH and/or CDC). A faculty mentor may only serve as lead mentor for a single TL1 applicant or scholar.
A letter of support from the lead mentor indicating their willingness and desire to serve as the trainee's lead mentor should be included in the candidate's application. All TL1 mentored scientist trainees must have mentored clinical and/or translational research training under the direction of their lead mentor. Additional co-mentors or Advisory Committee members are permitted; however, there must be a single lead mentor that is identified. Multidisciplinary mentoring teams are strongly encouraged as is having representation from at least two of the ACTSI partners on the mentoring team or Advisory Committee (Emory, MSM, or Georgia Tech).