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Program: National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP)

Program Description and Possible Deadlines:The Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) is a small, year-long competitive program for third-year medical and dental students that is supported by a grant to the Foundation for the NIH from Pfizer Inc.. Participants, known as Fellows, are selected by the National Institutes of Health to spend a year at the NIH intramural campus in Bethesda, Maryland engaged in a mentored clinical research project. The goal of the program is to immerse highly qualified medical and dental students in the field of clinical research early in their careers. Fellows in this program share course work and formal and informal meetings with one another and with leading investigators at the NIH. Each Fellow is assigned a tutor who is a senior clinician in the student’s field of interest. Guided by their tutors, Fellows choose a research mentor and plan an individualized research program combining clinical protocols and laboratory studies. The annual deadline for this program is in mid-January.

Application Requirements: Application at http://www.training.nih.gov/crtp/

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in medical or dental school
  • Have completed, or be in the process of completing, one year of clinical rotations. This would normally be the third year of medical or dental school.
  • Candidates in M.D. /Ph.D. programs are also eligible to apply.
  • Participants in CRTP must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Type of funding available: A stipend of $25,300/year plus housing, travel, FAES courses, health insurance, and some relocation costs

Website & Contact Information: Extensive information on this program, including exact eligibility requirements and an online application is available from the NIH website at http://www.training.nih.gov/crtp/ Additional information can be found on the Pfizer website at http://www.physicianscientist.com/home.html.

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Program: National Research Service Act, NRSA (F32) or the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Program

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: The Congress of the United States enacted the National Research Service Act (NRSA) Program in 1974 to help ensure that highly trained scientists will be available in adequate numbers and in appropriate research areas to carry out the Nation’s biomedical and behavioral research agenda. In 2002, the National Research Service Award Program was renamed the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Program as a tribute to Dr. Kirschstein’s years of exceptional service to the Nation. Additional details related to this legislative change are available at http://grants.nih.gov/training/news.htm. Under this congressional authority, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards individual postdoctoral fellowships (F32) to promising applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in fields related to the mission of the NIH constituent institutes and centers.

Application Requirements:

  • Individuals must be citizens or non-citizen nationals, or be permanent residence
  • Degree Requirements. Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.C., D.D.S., D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., Dr. P.H., D.N.S., N.D., Pharm.D., D.S.W., Psy.D.
  • Applicant must have a sponsoring institution and an
  • individual who will serve as a sponsor who is an active investigator in the area of the proposed research who will directly supervise the candidate’s


Type of funding available:
Possible funding:

  • Stipend
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Supplies o Health insurance
  • Travel

Website & Contact Information:http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-104.htmlhttp://grants1.nih.gov/training/nrsa.htm#insthttp://grants.nih.gov/training/news.htm

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Program: IDA/NIH Fellowship Program

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: A Senior Fellow will spend 2 years continuing research at NIH, while contributing 20% of time to current IDA bioscience task. Activities at IDA to include: supervising &/or conduction literature studies and analyses at the interface between biological sciences and national security arena. Will also act as a resource for IDA staff members and sponsors regarding biology/biotechnology issues and will act as an advisor to IDA regarding the impact of cutting-edge biological science and technology on defense issues. A Postdoctoral Fellow (within 2-5 years of PhD or MD) will work 1/2 time in Senior Fellow’s lab and 1/2 time involved in IDA’s program.

Application Requirements:

  • Senior Fellow to submit a 1-2 page description of the impact of biomedical research on national security issues over the next 5-10 years. This is to be submitted to Joan Schwartz at: Schwartj@od.nih.gov.
  • Senior Fellow and PD Fellow must be American citizens.

Type of funding available: Support for the Postdoctoral Fellow for 1-2 years + travel for Senior Fellow and PD Fellow

Website & Contact Information: IDA information: website http://www.ida.org or contact Dr. Robert Roberts, Vice-President for Research at 703-845-2500 or email at rroberts@ida.org

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Program: The Integrative Neural Immune Program (INIP)

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: The Integrative Neural Immune Program (INIP) is sponsoring a program that provides resources between collaborating Principal Investigators from participating Institutes. These resources include shared post-doctoral positions and research funds for joint collaborative research projects in the areas of neuroscience and immunology. Selected proposals having a research focus relevant to women’s health, including sex and gender differences, sex hormone effects, diseases prevalent in females etc. will be considered for co-sponsorship between INIP and the Intramural Research Program on Women’s Health (IPRWH). Successful co-applicants will be awarded one shared post-doctoral fellow (non-FTE) position and associated research funds, to be shared between the collaborating neuroscience and immunology laboratories. The deadline is April 30, 2003.

Application Requirements: Collaborating Principal Investigators from participating institutes are to submit an application o Proposals should be interdisciplinary and integrative and focus on the area of neural immune interactions. o Prior approval from scientific directors is required.

Type of funding available: one shared post-doctoral fellow (non-FTE) position and associated research funds, to be shared between the collaborating neuroscience and immunology laboratories, combined total of $60,000/year form 1-3 years, NEI will only provide $20,000/year to the salary of fellow. Collaboration and FTE position is required from other ICs.

Website & Contact Information:http://www.nih.gov/catalyst/2001/01.05.01/page3.htmlhttp://www.nih.gov/catalyst/2004/04.01.01/page5.html

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Program: The NEI Scholar’s Program K22


Program Description and Possible Deadlines: The purpose of the NEI Scholar’s Program was to provide an opportunity for outstanding individuals to obtain lab or clinical research training with the NEI intramural environment and to continue their research career at an extramural institution as independent vision researcher. This program provided individuals with the necessary resources to receive high quality research training for 3-4 years at NIH. this was followed by extramural funding to support a research program for 2 years at an extramural institution.

Application Requirements: Research or health-professional doctorate or its equivalent o Less than 5 years research fellow training o NEI sponsor who is active investigator in the area of the proposed research who will directly supervise the candidate’s research.

Type of funding available: The intramural phase will include salary, research expenses, training, and travel. The budget for the extramural phase would not exceed $175,000 per year or $350,000 for 2 years in direct costs.

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Program: The National Institutes of Health ORISE Senior Fellow Program

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: The ORISE program is designed to provide opportunities for experienced scientists who wish to make major changes in the direction of their research careers, or who wish to broaden their scientific background by acquiring new research capabilities. These awards will enable individuals with ten or more years of relevant research experience beyond the doctorate, who have progressed to an independent position, to take time from regular professional responsibilities for the purpose of receiving training to increase their scientific capabilities. In most cases, this award is used to support sabbatical experiences for established independent scientists (including Fogarty Scholars).

Application Requirements:

  • Degree Requirements. Applicants must have Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.V.M., O.D., D.P.M., Sc.D., Eng.D., N.D., D.C., Dr. P.H., D.N.S., Pharm. D., D.S.W., Psy.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited institution
  • Must be at least ten years beyond the qualifying doctoral degree
  • Before submitting an application, applicant must arrange for acceptance by an Intramural NIH sponsor who is and active investigator in the area of the proposed research and who will directly supervise the candidate’s research during the period of the fellowship.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens must have a valid visa

Type of funding available: Length of Appointment. Senior Fellowship support may be requested for a period of up to 2 years, with renewal possible for a terminal third year. Stipends. Stipends for ORISE Senior Fellows are determined individually and should fall within the salary range for Senior Research Fellows (Title 42, Band II), at a level appropriate to experience and qualifications and taking into account any outside support (e.g. fellowship or sabbatical salary). Stipends can include an amount to help cover the costs of health insurance.

Website & Contact Information:http://www1.od.nih.gov/oir/sourcebook/prof-desig/orisedescription.htm

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Program: NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: A competitive postdoctoral fellowship program to pursue research in one of the laboratories of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under an approved NIH/FDA preceptor. It is intended for individuals with backgrounds in the basic or clinical sciences who wish to obtain advanced experience in an area of pharmacology, or for those with a pharmacology background to gain experience in new fields. Completed applications are due on January 2.

Application Requirements:

  • Individuals who have been at NIH as Postdoctoral Fellows (IRTAs or Visiting Fellows), or as Research or Clinical Fellows (Title 42), regardless of mechanism of support, are not eligible to apply or be appointed within two years of such previous appointment.

Type of funding available:

  • 2-year FTE appointments beginning in the fall of each year
  • supplies
  • travel

Website & Contact Information:http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Training/Pages/PRATx PRAT Program Assistant, NIGMS, NIH, 301-594-3583, email: PRAT@nigms.nih.gov

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Program: Clinical Pharmacology Research Associate (ClinPRAT) Program

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: The Clinical Pharmacology Research Associate (ClinPRAT) Program is intended for physicians who wish to acquire specialized clinical and laboratory training in the pharmacological sciences. The goal of the program is to develop a cadre of scientists capable of conducting both basic and applied clinical pharmacology research. Individuals with this background are needed to fill key positions in academic, industrial, and federal research laboratories. Appointments are made for three years. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIGMS, makes positions available for clinical pharmacology trainees to enter the program each year at the beginning of July. Completed applications must be received by October 1 for appointments beginning in July of the following year.

Application Requirements: Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applicants must have an M.D. degree and, in general, have completed three years of residency training, and be board eligible in a primary medical specialty.

Type of funding available: The stipend is determined by the candidate’s educational and professional experience. In addition, there is a monthly allowance of $200 a month to cover supplies, registration fees, and travel costs (travel up to $1,000).

Website & Contact Information:http://www.cc.nih.gov/researchers/training/clinprat.shtml

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Program: ASPET-Merck Postdoctoral Fellowships in Integrative Pharmacology

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: The major goal of the ASPET-Merck Postdoctoral Fellowships in Integrative Pharmacology (The ASPET-Merck Fellowships) is to increase the number of well-trained scientists with expertise in pharmacology and in systems and integrative biology. Applications must be received or postmarked by September 1, 2003

Application Requirements:

  • Fellows: should have an M.D., Ph.D., D.O. or related degree with demonstrated interest and experience in in-vivo pharmacology
  • Institution: the academic (non-profit private or public) institution must be in the United States.
  • Academic Mentor: Scientist in good standing at host Institution and
  • who agrees to supervise Fellow to undertake research, with an emphasis on in-vivo pharmacology, in an area that is of interest to MerckType of funding available: The Award provides the following per annum funding for 3 years:o $42,000 stipendo $3,000 travel expenseso $10,000 institutional allowance (may include benefits + research costs, but not institutional overhead

Website & Contact Information:http://wwwet.org/public/awards/awards_fellowships.html

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Program: Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation/ Frank Annunzio Award

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: The $50,000 Frank Annunzio Award is designed to honor a living American who is improving the world through ingenuity and innovation, and to provide incentive for continuing the research and/or specific project. All Nominations are received online at: http://www.columbusfdn.org. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, April 30, 2003.

Application Requirements:

  • Candidates must be living United States citizens
  • All winners must attend the award ceremony on Monday, October 13, 2003, in D.C. Those not attending the ceremony will automatically be disqualified.

Type of funding available: The $50,000 award may be used as the recipient wishes, but its intended purpose is to be used to further research on a specific project.

Website & Contact Information:http://www.columbusfdn.org

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Program: The Ellison Medical Foundation (New Scholars Program)

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: The objective of the Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholars Program is to support new investigators of outstanding promise in the basic biological and clinical sciences relevant to understanding aging processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. The award is intended to provide significant support to new investigators needed to permit them to become established in the field of aging. March 4, 2004: Letters of intent are due.

Application Requirements: New Scholar applications are solicited by invitation only. Invitations and a form for application are sent to the university president and the grant management official of invited institutions in November. Institutions nominate one candidate. Institutions not currently invited may contact Richard L. Sprott to discuss an application for inclusion in the program. These awards are intended for investigators who are in the first three (3) years of their research career following their post doctoral fellowship experiences. As of February 26, 2004, nominees must hold full time appointments (tenure or non-tenure) on the faculty of the sponsoring institution and they must not have been in such an appointment, at the sponsoring institution or other institution(s), for more than three years as of July 15, 2004.

Type of funding available: The New Scholars Program provides awards of up to $50,000 per year for a four year period for successful candidates.

Website & Contact Information:http://www.ellisonfoundation.org/index.jsp

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Program: Human Frontiers: Research Grants

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise to approach questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientist from different disciplines (e.g. from chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering) to focus on problems in the life sciences. Deadline for submission of letters of intent for research grants: March 31, 2004.

Application Requirements: The research teams must be international. The principal applicant must be from one of the eligible countries (Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA). However, other participating scientists and laboratories may be situated anywhere in the world. Applicants must submit a letter of intent to apply for a research grant via the HFSP web site with a deadline at the end of March, and after review, selected teams will be invited to submit a full application.Type of funding available: Two types of Research Grant are available: Young Investigators’ Grants are awarded to teams of researchers, all of whom are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory. An amount of $250,000 per year for three years is awarded for the whole team. Program Grants are awarded to teams of independent researchers at any stage of their careers. Up to $500,000 per grant per year may be applied for plus some funds for equipment essential to the collaboration.

Website & Contact Information:http://www.hfsp.org/

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Human Frontiers: Long-term Fellowships

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: Long-term Fellowships are available to scientists who wish to work in foreign laboratories, with emphasis on individuals early in their careers who wish to obtain training in a different field of research. The deadline for submission is September 4, 2004.

Application Requirements: To be eligible, a fellow must either come from or go to a member country.Type of funding available: These fellowships provide young scientists with up to three years of postdoctoral research training in an outstanding laboratory in another country. The third year of the Long-Term Fellowship can be used either for repatriation to the Fellow’s country or in the host laboratory. The fellowships provide approximately $US 45,000 per year, including allowances for travel and research expenses.

Website & Contact Information:http://www.hfsp.org/

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Program: Humboldt Grants

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) offers within the framework of the Feodor Lynen Programme highly qualified German scholars from all disciplines an opportunity to carry out long-term research projects (1 to 4 years) at institutes outside Germany, provided they hold a doctorate and are younger than 38 years. The host must be a foreign scholar formerly sponsored by the Foundation (research fellow or research award winner).

Application Requirements:

  • Host must be a foreign scholar formerly sponsored by the Foundation (research fellow or research award winner). have successfully completed their doctorate with “excellent” or “very good” ratings o can furnish proof of work published in recognized academic journals
  • research plan agreed with the host, including confirmation that research facilities can be made available
  • possess a good knowledge of the host country’s language or at least a very good knowledge of English
  • not exceeded the age limit of 38

Type of funding available: depends on the fellow’s age, marital status and host country.

Website & Contact Information:http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/home.html

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Program: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

JSPS Invitation Fellowship Programs for Research in Japan

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: This program is designed to enable Japanese scientists to invite their foreign colleagues to Japan to participate in cooperative work and other academic activities. Scientists of all countries having diplomatic relations with Japan are eligibl