IMPACT: Implementation Science for Pulmonary and Cardiac Research Training

IMPACT (IMplementation Science for Pulmonary And Cardiac Research Training) is a new K12 program at UCSF to train junior faculty in the science of improving the delivery of interventions proven to improve heart and lung health.  


  1. To recruit a diverse group of exceptionally well-qualified MD and PhD scholars who seek an independent research career using implementation science to improve care for heart and lung diseases
  2. To design, implement and monitor an individualized plan for each scholar that combines multidisciplinary, mentored, hands-on research experiences with didactics to address career development goals in the areas of cardio-pulmonary disease, implementation science, scientific communication skills, academic success skills and responsible conduct of research
  3. To establish an academic “incubator” to advance the careers of scholars pursuing implementation-science-based research related to heart and lung diseases

Program Components



The program has four main components:

Scholars will receive $100,000 in salary support, $30,000 in research and career development support and $3,800 for travel per year for one to three years.


Candidates for the IMPACT K12 must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible
  • Possess an M.D., Ph.D. or an equivalent degree and complete postdoctoral training prior to appointment as a K12 Scholar. Qualified postdoctoral fellows from UCSF and other institutions are encouraged to apply if they will complete postdoctoral training before the K12 Scholar appointment date. Offer contingent upon obtaining a faculty appointment at UCSF.
  • Have a primary full-time paid appointment as a junior faculty member at UCSF in any series above the clinical instructor level (as of July 1, 2018) and conducting research in cardio-pulmonary disease
  • Commit 75% of professional effort to the program
  • Not be or have been a principal investigator on an NIH R01, or project leader on a subproject of a Program Project (P01), Center (P50, P60, U54), mentored career development grant (K12, K23, K08, K01, etc.), or equivalent non-PHS peer-reviewed research grant that is more than $100,000 in direct costs per year. May have had support on a NRSA grant (F or T) or have been PI of an NIH small grant (R03 or R21)
  • Not be a current or past recipient of a UCSF K12 award


Program Mentors

Faculty who are senior experts in clinical and translational research in heart or lung diseases with a strong track record of mentorship. IMPACT K12 Scholars will choose from this list a faculty member to serve as their primary mentor. K12 applicants who plan to work with a primary mentor not on this list should contact the K12 program directors to discuss.

Program Faculty

Program faculty may or may not be involved in heart or lung disease research but have methodologic expertise in an implementation science-relevant discipline. IMPACT K12 Scholars will choose up to three program faculty at a time to provide tutorials and 1:1 mentoring in order to develop skills and practical experience in disciplines important to their research and/or career development.



Please review the application PDF to ensure you have all materials ready when you apply online.

Templates for the Candidate, Chair, Mentor and Co-Mentor Statements are listed below:


Application opens: Dec. 11, 2017
Information Sessions: January 2018 (exact dates TBD)
Application Deadline: March 18, 2018 11:59 PM
Scholars Notified: end of April 2018
IMPACT begins: July 1, 2018


The program is jointly led by Adithya Cattamanchi, MD and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD, PhD.

Additional Resources

Training in Implementation Science at UCSF

Research in Implementation Science for Equity at UCSF (RISE) 


Contact Program Manager Madeline Mann