Funding Resources

(updated June 2016)

The following are sources of available funding. 

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FUNDING RESOURCES - HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL

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COMPREHENSIVE FUNDING LIST - UC BERKELEY

This page provides information on fellowships opportunities in the biological sciences.

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF):

ELIGIBILITY
Applicants for Mentored Research Scholar Grants and Postdoctoral Fellowships must at the time of application be United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States. There are no US citizenship requirements for all other grants.Purpose: This award is to support the training of researchers who have received a doctoral degree to provide initial funding leading to an independent career in cancer research (including basic, preclinical, clinical, cancer control, psychosocial, behavioral, epidemiology, health services and health policy research). 

Duration of Support / Award Amount: Awards may be for 3 years with progressive stipends of $48,000, $50,000, and $52,000 per year, plus a $4,000 per year fellowship allowance (an additional $1,500 is added to the fellowship allowance in the last year to attend the ACS Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium or a domestic scientific meeting). Depending on availability of special endowment funds, the Society annually selects one or more of the top-ranked fellowships to be supplemented above the standard stipend. 

Applicants must have obtained their doctoral degree prior to activation of the fellowship and may apply for one, two, or three-year fellowships. The Society uses the application deadline date to determine the eligibility and duration of fellowship awards. The following table may be used to clarify eligibility.

At time of application, PhD or MD held: ACS eligibility (based on application deadline date)
0 to < 2.0 years   3 years
2.0 to < 3.0 years 2 years
3.0 to < 4.0 years 1 year

Individuals who have held a PhD or MD for more than 4 years at the time of application generally are not eligible for a Fellowship.

Deadlines:
APRIL 1, OCTOBER 15

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ARNOLD O. BECKMAN POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP

ELIGIBILITY
Candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. PhD, MD/PhD, or MD must be granted/conferred at time of application submission. 
Applicants with more than 36 months postdoctoral experience in a research lab, or who are more than 5 years from their PhD, MD, MD/PhD, are not eligible to apply.Purpose: The purpose of the Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award is to initiate and support post-Ph.D.,-M.D. or -M.D./Ph.D. postdoctoral fellows at research institutions across the United States, who are judged to have the highest potential for success in an academic career in chemistry and the life sciences, and who will become the next generation of leaders and innovators in science, engineering, and technology. It is the Foundation's intent that the Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship will be the catalyst to aid in the fellow's transition to an outstanding, independent research career.Duration of Support: The fellowship term is for two 12 month fellowship years, with the possibility of renewing for a final, third year of funding.Award Amount: The award will range from $57,000 - $67,000, based on years of relevant postdoctoral research experience at the time of application, with funding provided for a stipend and research expenditures. Please see the chart for exact funding levels.

Deadline:
DECEMBER 1

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ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCE SUR LE CANCER (ACR)

RC - Departement Des Commissions Scientifiques
94803 Villejuif Cedex
Fax (33) 01 45 59 58 80

Deadlines:
SEPTEMBER 15, MARCH 15

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DAMON RUNYON

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Basic and Physician Scientists

ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must have completed one or more of the following degrees or its equivalent: MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM. The applicant must include a copy of his/her diploma to confirm date of conferral. (If an applicant has not yet received his/her PhD diploma but has successfully completed all PhD requirements, including PhD defense, he/she may submit a letter from the graduate school explicitly stating such, with the date of the successful PhD defense and date of degree conferral.)

Level 1 Funding: Basic and physician-scientists must have received their degrees no more than one year prior to the FAC meeting at which their applications are to be considered.* Applicants must not have been in their Sponsors' labs for more than one year prior to the date of the FAC meeting at which their applications are to be considered* and are expected to devote 100% of their time and effort to Damon Runyon-supported research activities. *The cut-off date is day 15 of the month immediately preceding the month FAC meets. The applicant must include a copy of his/her diploma to confirm date of conferral. (See Deadlines chart.)

The proposed investigation must be conducted at a university, hospital or research institution.

No more than two Damon Runyon Fellows will be funded to work with the same Sponsor at any given time.

Only one fellowship application will be accepted from a Sponsor or Fellow per review session; there is no limit, however, to the number of applications from an institution.

Postdoctoral training in the same institution in which the applicant received his or her degree is discouraged, particularly if it was in the same department.

Candidates who have already accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship award are not eligible.

Candidates who are pursuing a degree are not eligible.

Candidates applying to work in foreign-based or United States government laboratories may be awarded a fellowship if they are considered to be especially meritorious or if the program represents an unusual opportunity for postdoctoral training.

Foreign candidates may apply to do their research only in the United States.

Deadlines:

Application due on or before: Degree conferred between: Joined Sponsor's Lab on or after: Selection Meeting Date Award begins first day of:
Mar. 15, 2017 Apr. 15, 2016 - Mar. 15, 2017 Apr. 15, 2016 May 5, 2017 July, Aug., Sept., or Oct., 2017
Aug. 15, 2017 Oct. 15, 2016 - Aug. 15, 2017 Oct. 15, 2016 Nov. 10, 2017 Jan, Feb., Mar., or Apr., 2018

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - BREAST CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAM

The Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Defense Appropriations Act provides $150 M to the Department of Defense (DOD) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) to eradicate breast cancer by funding innovative, high-impact research through a partnership of scientists and consumers. This program is administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). A summary of BCRP funding opportunities is provided below. Detailed descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the FY14 BCRP Program Announcements. Each Program Announcement is available electronically for downloading from the Grants.gov website, the CDMRP website and the CDMRP eReceipt System.

Pre-Application: SEPTEMBER (see website)

Application: DECEMBER (see website)

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EMBO LONG TERM FELLOWSHIPS

Purpose: The EMBO Long-Term Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to two years and support post-doctoral research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world. International exchange is a key feature in the application process. All fellowships must involve movement between countries and one of those countries must be an EMBC Member State. Only candidates who have had a career break for at least one year for child-care reasons will be given special consideration when applying to stay within the same country.

Duration of Award:

  • The fellowship may be awarded for a period of up to 24 months, dependent on a positive interim request from the supervisor. The reviewing committee may also award a shorter period than requested.
  • It is acceptable that a fellow would use the EMBO support to complete work initiated under some other fellowship.The maximum time for a combination of this previous support with that from EMBO will be 36 months if the laboratory is within a member state. In non-member states the maximum combined period is 24 months. The application will be valid only if the fellow has been in the receiving laboratory for a period not greater than 2 years at the relevant closing date for application.
  • All fellowships must be started within one calendar year of the relevant closing date for applications.

Stipend: The stipend is a subsistence allowance and is intended to cover the cost of living in the host country. The stipend rate depends on the country being visited.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicants must hold a doctorate degree or equivalent before the start of the fellowship but not necessarily when applying.
  • Applicants must have at least one first author publication in press or published in an international peer reviewed journal at the time of application.
  • Candidates can only submit applications for one project at one host laboratory at each round of selection.
  • Applications are only considered from candidates with a maximum of two years postdoctoral experience at the time of the application deadline. Exceptions are made for applicants with career breaks due to military service or childcare.
  • Candidates who have had a career break for at least one year for child-care reasons will be given special consideration when applying to stay within the same country.
  • All applications must involve movement between countries. The laboratory of origin or the receiving institute or the applicant’s nationality must be from one of the EMBC Member States.

Deadlines:
No application deadline (annual evaluation deadlines 2nd Friday in February and 2nd Friday in August)

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HELEN HAY WHITNEY FOUNDATION

The Helen Hay Whitney Foundation supports early postdoctoral research training in all basic biomedical sciences. To attain its ultimate goal of increasing the number of imaginative, well-trained and dedicated medical scientists, the Foundation grants financial support of sufficient duration to help further the careers of young men and women engaged in biological or medical research. 

ELIGIBILITY
Candidates who hold, or are in the final stages of obtaining a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and are seeking beginning postdoctoral training in basic biomedical research are eligible to apply for a fellowship. The Foundation accepts applications from candidates who have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the deadline for submitting the application, and who have received a PhD (or D.Phil. or equivalent) degree no more than two years before the deadline, or an M.D. degree no more than three years before the deadline.

Fellowships may be awarded to US citizens planning to work in laboratories either in the US, Canada, or abroad and also to foreign citizens for research in laboratories in the US only. We expect that most applicants will reside in North America at the time of application. Foreign Students will need to obtain appropriate visa documentation, as required by US Immigration.

Applications from established scientists or advanced fellows will not be considered. The fellowships are for early postdoctoral training only. Clinical house-staff training does not count as "postdoctoral laboratory training.”

The Foundation will not ordinarily consider applicants who plan tenure of the fellowship in the laboratory in which they have already received extensive predoctoral or postdoctoral training. The aim of the fellowship is to broaden postdoctoral training and experience, and a significant change of venue is advisable.

Since the number of available fellowships is limited, the Foundation does not make more than one award per year for training with a given supervisor. It also does not support more than two fellows per laboratory at one time.

The SAC will review no more than one application from a laboratory during each annual cycle. We will accept applications from different laboratories/supervisors at the same institution. Should we receive more than one, the Chair of the SAC will decide which of the applications appears most competitive and decline the other(s) administratively. We urge the heads of laboratories to make this choice for us, if at all possible.

The Foundation expects that fellowship training will be obtained in an academic setting. The selection of a commercial or industrial laboratory for the training experience is not acceptable.


Duration of Award: The Whitney Fellowship is for a period of three years, contingent on performance satisfactory to the Foundation's Scientific Advisory Committee. One and two-year fellowships are not considered.Current stipend / expense allowance:  1st year: $52,000 stipend, $1,500 research allowance 

  Stipend    Research Allowance   
   1st Year        $52,000      $1,500
   2nd Year    $54,000 $1,500
   3rd Year $57,000 $1,500

Application Due: JUNE 30, 2017

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Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)

Long-Term Fellowships: There is one review cycle per year. The deadline for receiving applications is in September. See website for details. The final decisions on awards are made at the end of the following March.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible you must not have worked longer than 12 months at the host laboratory at the time of taking up the award.Long-Term Fellowships are reserved for applicants with a Ph.D. in a biological discipline to embark on a new project in a different field of the life sciences. Preference is given to applicants who propose an original study in biology that marks a departure from their previous Ph.D. or postdoctoral work so as to learn new methods or change study system. Host supervisor can only endorse one application each year, either for a LTF or for a CDF. The fellowships provide approximately $US 46,000 per year, including allowances for travel and research expenses. To be eligible, a fellow must either come from or go to a member country. 

Registration: AUGUST

Applications Due: AUGUST or SEPTEMBER

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JANE COFFIN CHILDS MEMORIAL FUND

ELIGIBILITY 
The conditions under which these awards are made are as follows: Applicants in general should not have more than ONE YEAR of postdoctoral experience. They must hold either the M.D. degree or the Ph.D. degree in the field in which they propose to study or furnish evidence of equivalent training and experience. 

The appointment will normally be for three years. The Fund recognizes that in some instances there may be valid reasons for changing both laboratory and sponsor. Such changes require the permission of the Director with the advice of the Board of Scientific Advisers. Applicants who, at the time of initiation of the fellowship, will have completed one year in a position as postdoctoral fellow or equivalent will usually be awarded a maximum of two years of fellowship support from this foundation. Only under exceptional circumstances will an award be made to an individual who will have had two years or more of postdoctoral research experience. 

Applicants may be citizens of any country but for foreign nationals awards will be made only for study in the United States. American citizens may hold a fellowship either in the United States or in a foreign country.

An applicant in addition to submitting evidence as to preand postdoctoral training must supply (a) the names and addresses of three individuals personally acquainted both with the applicant and with the applicant’s professional work, one of whom should be the principal predoctoral advisor, (b) a suitably documented outline of the research problem proposed, and (c) the written consent of the chief of laboratory and a responsible fiscal officer of the host institution indicating their willingness to accept and provide necessary facilities for the Fellow. (Please note that in the event of multiple applications, it is the policy of the Fund to initiate no more than one fellowship under a particular sponsor in any fiscal year.)STIPEND AND

EXPENSE ALLOWANCE 
The basic stipend at present is $51,500 the first year, $51,500 the second year, and $51,500 the third year, with an additional $1000 for each dependent child. There is no dependency allowance for a spouse. An allowance of $2,000 a year toward the cost of the research usually will be made available to the laboratory sponsoring the fellow. A travel award will be made to the Fellow and family for travel to the sponsoring laboratory. Return travel for Fellows will be considered depending upon the Fellow’s plans and situation at the time.

DEADLINE
The meetings of the Boards of the Fund for the review of fellowship applications are normally held in late April or early May of each year. July 1 is the earliest possible starting date for a fellowship. All fellowships must be activated by January 1.

Online application form available: OCTOBER

Deadline: FEBRUARY

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LEUKEMIA SOCIETY OF AMERICA

CAREER DEVELOPMENT AWARDS 
Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin's Disease, Myeloma 

The Leukemia Society of America provides support for individuals pursuing careers in basic, clinical, or translational research in leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma. To advance the understanding, treatment, and prevention of these malignancies, three levels of support are provided as described below. 

Scholar:
Scholars are highly qualified investigators who have shown a capacity for independent, sustained original investigation in the field of leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. These Scholars are expected to hold independent faculty-level or equivalent positions and have obtained substantial support for their research from a national agency. Scholar awards are for up to $110,000 per year for five years. Annual renewals are based on a non-competitive progress report review. 

Special Fellow:
Special Fellows are qualified investigators who have completed a minimum of two years of postdoctoral research training and are continuing their research under the direction of a research Sponsor. The Special Fellowship should permit the scientist to begin to transition to an independent research program. Special Fellow awards are for up to $65,000 per year for three years. Annual renewals are based on a non-competitive progress report review. 

Fellow:
Fellows are promising investigators with less than two years of postdoctoral research training. These grantees are encouraged to embark on an academic career involving clinical or fundamental research in, or related to, leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma under the direction of a research sponsor. Fellow awards are for up to $55,000 per year for three years. Annual renewals are based on a non-competitive progress report review. 

Deadlines for Career Development Awards: Scholarship, Special Fellowship, and FellowshipLetter of Intent: TBD (check website for details)

Final Application: TBD (check website for details)

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LIFE SCIENCES RESEARCH FOUNDATION (LSRF)

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS 

The LSRF solicits monies from industry, foundations and individuals to support postdoctoral fellowships in the life sciences. Active solicitation of funds continues, for which we need the assistance of all concerned individuals. We recognize that discoveries and the application of innovations in biology for the public's good will depend upon the training and support of the highest quality young scientists in the very best research environments. LSRF awards fellowships across the spectrum of the life sciences: biochemistry; cell, developmental, molecular, plant, structural, organismic population and evolutionary biology; endocrinology; immunology; microbiology; neurobiology; physiology; virology. 

ELIGIBILITY
Three-year fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis to graduates of medical and graduate schools in the biological sciences holding M.D., Ph.D., D.V.M. or D.D.S. degrees. Awards will be based solely on the quality of the individual applicant's previous accomplishments, and on the merit of the proposal for postdoctoral research. Persons doing a second postdoc are eligible only if they are transferring to a different supervisor's laboratory and embarking on a new project not connected to their previous research. All U.S. citizens are eligible to apply with no geographic restriction on the laboratory of their choice. Foreign applicants will be eligible for study in U.S. laboratories. LSRF fellows must carry out their research at nonprofit institutions. LSRF fellows can change projects, laboratories, and/or institutions during the fellowship as long as the eligibility rules listed here are not violated. A person holding a faculty appointment is not eligible to apply for an LSRF fellowship. 

Note: There can be no more than one LSRF fellow in any one laboratory at a time. If a laboratory contains an LSRF fellow, no other applicant intending to work in that particular lab would be eligible to apply. However, multiple applicants may apply from a lab which does not contain an LSRF fellow (but only one fellowship would be awarded). Please verify this matter with your intended supervisor. 

The fellowship cannot be used to support research that has a patent commitment or involves any other kind of agreement with a commercial, profit-making company. Any patentable discovery from the individual's research becomes the property of the institution where the research is conducted. 

SPONSORSHIP
Corporate, foundation or individual sponsors will have their name directly associated with individual recipients who will acknowledge this affiliation in all publications. For example: "[Name of fellow] is a [Name of Sponsor] Fellow of LSRF." The assignment of a specific sponsor to a fellow will be done by the panel of scientists who award the fellowships. The prospective fellow will not be able to choose his/her assignment nor will sponsors have a say in the selection process or in the assignment.

ANNUAL MEETING
Once each year all current fellows will meet for two days and present their research. The LSRF Board and Staff, the Sponsors, the Peer Review Committee and Guest Scientists are invited to attend the meeting. 

In addition, fellows must agree to meet at least once a year with their sponsor. In the case of corporate sponsors, this usually means a visit by the fellow to the company. 

STIPENDS 
The award is $60,000/year for three years ($180,000 total). $50,000/year is for the fellow's stipend/salary and the remaining $10,000/year is a research allowance for the fellow. The research allowance is to be used for laboratory research supplies, scientific meeting registration and travel expenses (including the LSRF Annual Meeting), small equipment (including computer workstations, a laptop, printer) and up to $2,000/year may be applied toward the fellow's out-of-pocket health care costs. Acceptance of the LSRF Fellowship Award requires the host institution to commit funds to cover the awardee's health benefit costs. Funds are paid quarterly to the fellow's host institution and the fellow is paid by the host institution, not LSRF. No indirect or overhead costs may be charged to the fellowship.

TIMETABLE
A panel of biological scientists (The Peer Review Committee) will judge and select applications once each year. The deadline for applications is October 1. Awards will be announced from March to May for funding as early as June 1. 

LSRF does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race or nationality.

 Open for Submissions: early SEPTEMBER

Application Deadline: OCTOBER 1

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THE MEDICAL FOUNDATION

Research Programs 

The Medical Foundation's Research Programs work in partnership with scientists at institutions throughout New England to fund research projects in biomedical, clinical and community health medicine. Currently, five programs support various funding initiatives in New England only aimed at researchers with varying levels of experience. Application deadlines for each separate grant program change each year and guidelines are revised on an annual basis. Questions or requests for application guidelines should be directed to the Grants Office, (617) 451-0049, X702. No inquiries or applications can be accepted via e-mail at this time. 

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Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 

 

Established in 1936, the Charles A. King Trust was created to “support and promote the investigation of human disease and the alleviation of human suffering through improved treatment.” In keeping with these principles, the King Trust today supports postdoctoral fellows in Basic Science and Clinical/Health Services Research.

The Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program is designed to support postdoctoral fellows and physician-scientists in non-profit academic, medical or research institutions in Massachusetts. Each applicant must be working under the supervision of an established scientist who is the designated Mentor. Two-year grants ranging from $87,400 to $106,350, inclusive of a $2,000 expense allowance, will be awarded September 1. 

Basic Science 2017 Application Guidelines

Clinical/Health Services Research 2017 Application Guidelines

Deadline

FEBRUARY 10, 2017

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION 

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) 

SYNOPSIS

The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology.  The fellowships encourage independence at an early stage of the research career to permit Fellows to pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate research locations regardless of the availability of funding for the Fellows at that site.  For FY 2015 and beyond, these BIO programs are (1) Broadening Participation of Groups Under-represented in Biology, (2) Research Using Biological Collections, and  (3) National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.  These areas change periodically as new scientific and infrastructure opportunities present themselves. For this reason, this solicitation will be changed as necessary to reflect the areas being funded.

The fellowships are also designed to provide active mentoring of the Fellows by the sponsoring scientists who will benefit from having these talented young scientists in their research groups. The research and training plan of each fellowship must address important scientific questions within the scope of the BIO Directorate and the specific guidelines in this fellowship program solicitation.  Because the fellowships are offered to postdoctoral scientists only early in their careers, NSF encourages doctoral advisors to discuss the availability of these postdoctoral fellowships in biology with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs to ensure potential applicants may take advantage of this funding opportunity. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.

ELIGIBILITY 
Organization Limit: 
Only individuals may apply. NSF postdoctoral fellowships are awards to individuals, and applications are submitted directly by applicants to NSF. However, applications must include sponsoring scientists' statements and the applicants must affiliate with institutions (e.g., colleges and universities, and privately-sponsored nonprofit institutes and museums, government agencies and laboratories, and, under special conditions, for-profit organizations) anywhere in the world. 

PI Limit:
Applicants must be U.S. citizens (or nationals) or permanent residents of the United States (i.e., have a "green card") at deadline; earn or plan to earn the doctoral degree in a scientific or mathematical field prior to the requested start date of the fellowship and have not accepted an academic appointment; either currently be a graduate student or, at the deadline date, have served in a position requiring the doctoral degree for no more than 12 full time months since earning the degree; present a research and training plan that falls within the purview of BIO and includes the required information for the specific competition as described in this document; select both a host institution and sponsoring scientists different from the doctoral degree and the current position; not have received Federal funding of more than $20,000 as PI or co-PI (except graduate fellowships and doctoral dissertation improvement grants); not have submitted the same project to another NSF program; AND not be a named participant on any other proposal submitted to NSF, including regular research proposals, concurrent with the fellowship application, regardless of who is the named principal investigator. If you fail to meet any eligibility criterion, your application will be returned without review.Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:
Only individuals may apply. There is no limit on the number of applicants that an institution may host. 

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI: 1
Applicants may submit only one fellowship application to BIO per fiscal year and may apply in no more than 2 successive years for all Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biology. 

Due Dates

Full Proposal Deadline Date: NOVEMBER 7, 2017

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NIH: NATIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE AWARDS FOR INDIVIDUAL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

PROGRAM PURPOSE
The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA postdoctoral fellowship is to enhance the research training of promising postdoctoral candidates who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

ELIGIBILITY 
Citizenship. By the time of award, individuals must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status). Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying possessions of the United States (i.e., American Samoa and Swains Island). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible. 

Degree Requirements. Before an NRSA award can be activated, the individual must have received a Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr. P.H., D.N.S., Pharm.D., D.S.W., Psy.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Certification by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution that all degree requirements have been met is also acceptable. 

F32 applications undergo a review process that takes between 5 and 8 months. The receipt dates and the three annual review cycles are as follows: 

Application Receipt Dates:   April   August   December
Initial Review Dates:   June/July   October/November   February/March  
Secondary Review Dates:   August or October   January   May
Range of Likely Start Dates:    September or December     April   July

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NARSAD: The Brain and Behavior Research Fund

Young Investigator Grant 

AWARD GUIDELINES 
The NARSAD Young Investigator Grant provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. Two-year awards up to $70,000, or $35,000 per year are provided to enable promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to serious brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders or child and adolescent mental illnesses. 

The program is intended to facilitate innovative research opportunities and supports basic, as well as translational and/or clinical investigators, however, research must be relevant to our understanding, treatment and prevention of serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or child and adolescent psychiatric disorders. 

As is well known, NARSAD is interested in supporting the full range of relevant neurobiological and psychobiological basic science. We also support clinical grants which can include careful studies using qualitative research approaches or research generating preliminary data to explore a new hypothesis generated by clinical experience or large sample studies. NARSAD grant awards are not sufficient to support expensive large sample patient-based studies but it may be possible to attach a study to a clinical project already under way or for which other funding has become available. Some possibilities for preliminary clinical studies include

  • Support for an add-on study to identify a biomarker in the context of an ongoing clinical trial.
  • Determining if a computer-based cognitive or other remediation enhances effectiveness of a cognitive agent.
  • Proof of principle study in a few subjects to see if efficacy is detected with a new treatment.
  • Testing a novel hypothesis within an already established data set.
  • Research on productive work outcomes 

These examples do not define specific NARSAD goals, but illustrate feasibility of expensive clinical research in the context of the NARSAD grants program. 

NARSAD is committed to spending all contributions for direct support of research. Administrative cost of review is small-reviewers are members of the NARSAD Scientific Council, and volunteer their time to evaluate applications; therefore, no feedback can be provided to applicants. 

Application Open: JANUARY - FEBRUARY

Application Deadline: SEPTEMBER

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PHILIPPE FOUNDATION, INC.

The Philippe Foundation is a non-profit corporation founded in December 1953. Its purpose is to encourage, assist, aid and support scientific and medical activities and research by giving grants to doctors and scientists (post-graduates) interested in exchange programs between France and the United States. 

The grants are designed to encourage and facilitate Franco-American exchanges, but cannot provide the primary source of support. 

They are awarded to individuals and not to laboratories or institutions. 

Please note that in view of the large number of applications, requirements are now more strict : 

  • The Philippe Foundation will only consider candidates who have completed a PhD in Science. For medical doctors, this requirement may be waived, but they should have a significant list of publications. 
  • Will only be considered those who have been staying in the host country for less than 2 years. 
Application Due Before: For:
FEBRUARY 28 MARCH SESSION
MAY 31 JUNE SESSION
NOVEMBER 30 DECEMBER SESSION
Answer will be given the quarter following the session

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