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2015 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Competition
Howard Hughes Medical Institute is pleased to announce a national competition for the appointment of outstanding scientists as HHMI investigators. This competition will enable HHMI to strengthen its community of basic researchers and physician scientists who bring innovative approaches to the study of biological problems through biomedical disciplines, including plant biology, as well as adjacent fields of evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology.
From this competition, HHMI expects to appoint 20 to 25 new investigators who will be among the most creative and promising in the nation. HHMI investigators are expected to demonstrate a combination of the following attributes that distinguish them from other highly competent scientists in their field.
• They identify and pursue significant biological questions in a rigorous and deep manner.
• They push their chosen research field into new areas of inquiry, being consistently at its forefront.
• They develop new tools and methods that enable creative experimental approaches to biological questions, bringing to bear, when necessary, concepts or techniques from other disciplines.
• They forge links between basic biology and medicine.
• They demonstrate great promise of future original and innovative contributions.
This investigator competition places no restrictions on the number of applications from any eligible institution. Researchers with faculty appointments will apply directly; prior institutional endorsement is not part of the application process. These appointments are highly selective. Those candidates with outstanding records who have shown evidence of significant originality and accomplishments are encouraged to apply. HHMI welcomes applications from women and members of minority groups that are under-represented in biomedical sciences.
For additional information regarding the HHMI Investigator Program and this competition please link to: www.hhmi.org/inv2015.
• PhD and/or MD (or the equivalent).
• Tenured or tenure-track position as an assistant professor or higher academic rank (or the equivalent) at an eligible U.S. institution. Federal government employees are not eligible.
• More than 5, but no more than 15, years of post-training, professional experience. To meet this requirement, the applicant’s professional appointment(s) must have begun no earlier than June 1, 1999, and no later than July 1, 2009.
• Principal investigator on one or more active, national peer-reviewed research grants with a duration of at least three years, such as an NIH R01 grant, by June 3, 2014. Mentored awards, career development and training grants do not qualify. Multi-investigator grants may qualify.
• Appointees become full-time employees of HHMI and are appointed for a five-year, renewable period.
• HHMI investigators are required to devote at least 75% of their total effort to the direct conduct of biomedical research. Applicants with administrative responsibilities or other duties inconsistent with this time commitment may apply, but must reduce those other commitments to be appointed.
• At the time of the submission deadline, applicants must hold a qualifying position at the institution where his or her HHMI appointment would be made. In addition, an investigator may not transfer to another institution during the first appointment term and retain his or her HHMI appointment.
• Any questions regarding eligibility or HHMI policies should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Establish eligibility and apply here: www.hhmi.org/research/application/comp2015
The deadline for applications is June 3, 2014, at 3:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time). All applications must be submitted electronically following instructions on the competition web site.
The application includes the following documents:
• A curriculum vitae, including a complete bibliography and a list of current research support.
• An overview of the applicant’s most significant research achievements (not more than 250 words).
• A summary of the applicant’s ongoing and planned research program (not more than 3,000 words; references and up to one page of figures are not counted toward the 3,000-word limit).
• A statement of how the applicant’s research program would meet HHMI’s expectations of an investigator (not more than 250 words).
• PDF files of five selected publications that report the applicant’s most important scientific contributions with a focus on the most recent five years, as well as a paragraph describing the significance of each publication.
• Two reference letters will be required only from those selected as semifinalists.
Selection of Investigators
The HHMI review process will include evaluation of applications by distinguished scientists, leading to the selection of semifinalists by early 2015. Further review will include a symposium attended by HHMI scientific leadership and the final advisory panel, at which each semifinalist will make a brief research presentation. Finalists will be announced in the spring of 2015, with appointments as early as September 1, 2015. All applicants should mark their calendars for the April 13-14, 2015 symposium at HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. Those named as semifinalists will be required to attend and should plan to arrive on April 13.
Request for Proposals: Little Giraffe Foundation 2014 Neonatal Research Initiative
The Little Giraffe Foundation is offering research grants in the amount of $5,000 - $10,000 for neonatal research.
We invite qualified scientists, doctors, and nurses at universities, hospitals and research institutions, to submit applications for research grants directed at addressing both the long term and immediate health needs caused by premature birth.
All applicants must be based in the United States and represent a U.S. based institution. Little Giraffe Foundation does not award grants to individuals or families.
Research subjects appropriate for support by the Little Giraffe Foundation include basic biological processes governing development, genetics, clinical studies, studies of reproductive health, environmental toxicology, and social and behavioral studies.
Potential applicants should submit a Letter of Intent addressed to the Little Giraffe Funding Committee summarizing the proposed studies. Letter of intent should be emailed to email@example.com with the subject of “LGF Research Funding Request”.
Letters of Intent should be no more than 4 pages and must include the following:
1. Name of the study, amount of requested funds, and a 100-200 word overview describing the objective.
2. The relevance to our mission of addressing both the long term and immediate health needs caused by premature birth as well as identifying causes of premature birth and ways to prevent this.
3. The hypothesis or hypotheses to be tested.
4. Preliminary data.
5. A statement of the methods.
6. A plan for evaluating the results.
7. Current financial support: list the current financial support. If there are no other grants, state “NONE.”
8. Willingness to accept corporate donations. Occasionally we will be able to partner with someone like Enfamil for a study around breast milk or Pampers for studies around liver and kidney functionality. Are you open to accepting these types of funds?
Letters of intent must be submitted by May 16, 2014. Applications will then be evaluated by the Funding Committee and awards will be announced during the month of July.
Applications will be accepted throughout the year and occasionally research will be funded in advance of the July evaluation period. Applicants are therefore encouraged to send in letters of intent throughout the year.
Call for Applications: American Association of Anatomists Postdoctoral Fellows Program
Application deadline: October 1
The AAA Postdoctoral Fellows Program is intended to provide salary support to an AAA member who is a postdoctoral fellow working in any aspect of biology relevant to the anatomical sciences. AAA will provide $20,000, plus travel support and registration fee (at early registration rate) to the next appropriate AAA Annual Meeting. The laboratory in which the postdoc works must supplement this stipend with funds to equal or exceed the NIH standard for postdoctoral fellows. In addition, the laboratory must provide funds for health insurance for the postdoctoral fellow.
• Applicants must have been AAA members for one year preceding the application deadline and are expected to remain members for the duration of the fellowship.
• Candidates should be working on a research project encompassing any aspect of biology that is relevant to the anatomical sciences. Approaches can include (but are not limited to) cellular, molecular, genetic or histological techniques, and/or emphasize development, evolution, morphology or human health.
• Candidate should have all requirements of doctoral degree completed at the time of submission of fellowship application.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
• The duration of the Fellowship will be for one year. A no-cost extension can be requested.
• Fellowships would be expected to cover partial salary support, with the remainder coming from other sources. Indirect costs are not included.
• Each recipient must attend the annual AAA meeting and present his/her work at the meeting. AAA will pay registration (at early registration rate) and travel expenses, up to a total of $1,000.
• A career mentor will be appointed for each recipient to guide him/her through the course of the research project. The mentor will be selected by AAA’s Professional Development Committee on the basis of research area from among the award committee members or from members of the Fellows Circle who have volunteered to serve as mentors.
• At the end of the Fellowship period, each recipient must provide AAA with a written report describing work accomplished. This report must be received within three months following the end of the Fellowship period.
• Recipients may be invited to participate in AAA outreach activities.
• Recipients may be invited to submit their research findings or a review article to one of the AAA journals, Developmental Dynamics or The Anatomical Record.
• Support from AAA must be acknowledged in all relevant publications or oral research presentations. Support should be acknowledged as follows: “Jane Jack is an American Association of Anatomists Scholar and this research was in part funded by the American Association of Anatomists.”
Applications are due each year on October 1. Applicants will be notified of funding by late December and Fellowships will be awarded by January 15.
For further information or clarification regarding the process or the forms, you may call or email:
Call for Nominations: American Association of Anatomists Young Investigator Awards
Nominations are due each year on August 15; nominees are then asked to submit three representative papers by September 15. Winning nominees and their nominators will be notified of selection in late October and will be expected to present a lecture at the AAA Annual Meeting/EB.
Beginning with nominations made in 2008, AAA’s Young Investigator Awards combine three long-standing AAA awards with a new award to recognize investigators in the early stages of their careers who have made important contributions to biomedical science through their research in cell/molecular biology, developmental biology, comparative neuroanatomy, or the morphological sciences. Candidates should be within 10 years of their highest earned degree at the time of nomination. It is not necessary that nominators or nominees be AAA members.
AAA’s Young Investigator Awards Selection Committee is comprised of eight (8) members appointed by the current or incoming President to represent the various disciplines covered by these awards. Committee members will serve a two-year term with one member serving a one-year term as chair in the final year. The position of chair will rotate among the disciplines covered by these awards. The committee will review all nominations and determine which of the following prizes to award in a given year. It is not required that each award be made annually.
R.R. Bensley Award in Cell Biology
This award, first given in 1979, recognizes a cell biologist who has made a distinguished contribution to the advancement of anatomy through discovery, ingenuity, and publications in the field of cell biology. The successful candidate will be an independent cell biologist whose publications have had substantial impact on his/her field.
C.J. Herrick Award in Neuroanatomy
Established in 1962, this award recognizes investigators who have made important contributions to the field of comparative neuroanatomy and have demonstrated remarkable promise of future accomplishments. The area of comparative neuroanatomy is defined broadly; previous awardees are outstanding scientists who have made contributions to areas of neuroscience, including neurochemistry, development, neurocytology, neuroendocrinology, neurophysiology, and molecular neurobiology.
H.W. Mossman Award in Developmental Biology
This award was established in 2001 to recognize investigators in the early stages of their careers who have made important contributions to the field of developmental biology, as broadly defined, and have demonstrated remarkable promise of future accomplishments.
AAA Morphological Sciences Award
This award was established in 2008 to recognize investigators in the early stages of their careers who have made important contributions to biomedical science through research in the morphological sciences, as broadly defined, and have demonstrated remarkable promise of future accomplishments.
AAA Young Investigator Award recipients will present a lecture in the Young Investigator Award Symposium at the AAA Annual Meeting following their selection and will receive:
• A plaque
• A $1,000 honorarium
• Travel reimbursement (coach airfare plus 3 nights)
• Two years free membership in the American Association of Anatomists (and two years free membership for winning non-member nominators)
• Two years free registration (at early registration rate) at the AAA Annual Meeting/EB meeting, including the year of the award
The person making the nomination only needs to submit:
1. Completed Award Nomination Form
2. Curriculum vitae of the nominee (NIH biosketch format preferred)
3. Detailed letter of recommendation that addresses the following:
• The significant research contribution(s) made by the nominee and why it is considered significant.
• Why the nominee's potential and current work is viewed as especially promising.
• The ability of the nominee to give a lecture that is dynamic, engaging, and readily understood by scientists across various subdisciplines.
• The date on which the nominee’s advanced professional degree was awarded.
Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine 2014 Research Mini-Fellowship Award
Application Deadline: March 15, 2014 and September 15, 2014
SFRBM is pleased to announce the 2014 Research Mini-Fellowship Award which will provide additional research training opportunities for young investigators in the fields of free radical chemistry, redox biology and antioxidants that are not available at their home institution. The program allows young investigators to cultivate collaborative relationships with established scientists, develop novel techniques or methodologies and expand their career development and research opportunities. A total of four fellowships will be funded each year.
• Provide additional research training opportunities for young investigators in the field of free radical biology that are not available at their home institution.
• Cultivate collaborative relationships between established scientists and development of novel techniques or methodologies at applicant’s home institution.
• Promote career development and research opportunities for young investigators.
1. Applicant must be a current member of the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine.
2. Applicant must be one (1) of the following:
◦ Student, enrolled in a Ph.D. graduate school training program.
◦ Post-doctoral fellow.
◦ Clinical fellow/medical trainee.
◦ Investigator within five (5) years of obtaining their Ph.D.
◦ Junior faculty within two (2) years of their initial appointment as Assistant Professor.
3. Only one application per young investigator in each funding cycle (February-July and August through January) will be considered.
Application and Program Details
Applicants should submit a 3 page proposal that specifies:
i. a brief description of the applicant’s current research program and justification of use of technical expertise that is not available at the applicant’s institution.
ii.description of the new methodology that will be used and its application to the applicant’s research project; as well as the research site where training will be obtained, and the mentor who will supervise research training.
iii.whether this new methodology will be applied to other ongoing research activities at the applicant’s home institution, and whether resources are available at home institution to implement the desired new methodology.
The project should focus on training of a specific analytical technique or methodology that relates directly to free radical biology, and is not available or developed at the trainee’s institution, and should describe how this technology/methodology supports the applicant’s current research program and her/his future career objectives.
Examples include: specific analytical methods for analysis of biomarkers of oxidative stress, the use of EPR or radiolytic techniques for studying free radical reactions, molecular biology or cell culture techniques relevant to free radical research, in vivo techniques of oxygen tension or delivery, training in chemical synthesis of relevant molecules, etc.
The application should include CV that describes the applicant’s areas of expertise, a biographical sketch of the potential mentor, as well as support letters from the current mentor/supervision and from the research mentor at the host institution. The proposed mentor must be a member of SFRBM.
The duration of the project at the mentor's site should be up to 4 weeks, but may in some cases consist of multiple 1- or 2-week visits.
Grant Amount and Budget: The maximum individual grant amount to be awarded is $2,500. Awards can be used to cover travel expenses, accommodations and related costs near the host’s institution, and specific reagents/supplies. These awards are not intended to supplement other funding sources for ongoing research projects.
Complete applications should be submitted electronically to SFRBM at firstname.lastname@example.org as a single pdf document and should consist of: 1) a completed SFRBM Research Mini-Fellowship Application form (use template form); 2) a 3-page proposal description; 3) a detailed budget; 4) applicant’s CV; 5) a biographical sketch from the potential mentor; and 6) letters of support from both the current research mentor as well as the mentor at the host institution.
Proposal Review and Announcement
Proposals will be reviewed by the SFRBM Young Investigator Committee within one month of the application deadline. All applicants will be informed in May and November 2014 as to whether their proposal will be funded. Announcement of SFRBM Research Fellowship recipients will also be made at the Annual SFRBM Meeting (November).
Awards to be Funded in 2014
SFRBM intends to fund two (2) awards for each of the cycles described above (4 total).
Final evaluation and report
All Research Mini-Fellowship rotations must be completed within six months of receiving the award. The awardee should complete a brief evaluation form co-signed by the hosting mentor within 2 weeks of completion of the fellowship. Also, the awardee is requested to provide a 2-page summary (and potential publications or abstracts) describing the application of the new technique or methodology to her/his research program within 6 months after the completion of the program, and submit these materials to the SFRBM office.
If you have any questions, please contact SFRBM at (317) 205-9482 or via email at email@example.com.
SFRBM is pleased to announce the 2014 Research Mini-Fellowship Award which will provide additional research training opportunities for young investigators in the fields of free radical chemistry, redox biology and antioxidants that are not available at their home institution. The program allows young investigators to cultivate collaborative relationships with established scientists, develop novel techniques or methodologies and expand their career development and research opportunities. A total of four fellowships will be funded each year. The deadline for the first cycle of 2014 is March 15, 2014.
Call for Nominations: Nathan Shock New Investigator Award
The Nathan Shock New Investigator Award is given annually for innovative and influential publications. Established in 1986 to honor Dr. Nathan Shock, a pioneer in gerontological research at the National Institutes of Health, and a founding member of The Gerontological Society of America, the $1,500 award is designed to acknowledge outstanding contributions to new knowledge about aging through basic biological research.
Deadline: May 1st
Nominees must have a PhD, MD, DDS, or equivalent degree and must be within seven years of their postdoctoral research.
Formal nomination letter.
A current Curriculum Vitae.
A summary of the research (no more than 1,000 words).
Two letters of recommendation
A re-print of relevant research papers.
In order to nominate someone for the Nathan Shock Award, please send your nomination packet to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject of "Shock Award Nomination - NOMINEE NAME HERE." Please remember to substitute your nominee's name in the subject.