Parkinson’s Research Program (PRP) – Early Investigator Research Award

Sponsor:

U.S Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)

Deadline:

Pre-application: 5 PM EST, August 17, 2017

Application: 11:59 PM EST, August 31, 2017

Summary:

The PRP Early Investigator Research Award (EIRA) mechanism is being offered for the first
time in FY17. The PRP Early Investigator Research Award supports Parkinson’s disease-focused research opportunities for individuals in the early stages of their careers, under the guidance of a designated Mentor.
Consistent with the mission of the FY17 PRP to support research to understand, prevent,
diagnose, and treat Parkinson’s disease in patients, including Service members and Veterans,
investigators are required to address at least one of the following FY17 PRP Focus Areas:
  1. Mechanisms of neuroplasticity in the Parkinson’s disease brain.
  2. Studies to identify gene-environment interactions in Parkinson’s disease cohorts (applications addressing this focus area have an additional submission requirement; please see RFP.
  3. Pathophysiological implications of tau protein in Parkinson’s disease.

 

Eligibility:

 The Early Investigator is considered the Principal Investigator (PI) of the application and must exhibit strong potential for, and commitment to, pursuing a career as an investigator at the forefront of Parkinson’s disease research; however, the PI is not required to have previous Parkinson’s disease research experience. Clinical fellows applying to the PRP EIRA mechanism should be specializing in movement disorders.

The investigator must be a postdoctoral or clinical fellow within three years of advanced degree or residency training (or equivalent) as of the application deadline

Applications must include at least one Mentor, appropriate to the proposed research project, who has experience in Parkinson’s disease research and mentoring as demonstrated by a record of active funding, recent publications, and successful mentorship. The selected Mentor(s) should also demonstrate a clear commitment to the development of the PI toward independence as a Parkinson’s disease researcher.

Available Funding:

The anticipated total (direct plus indirect) costs budgeted for the entire period of performance will not exceed $321,000. The maximum period of performance is two (2) years. The PRP’s FY17 appropriation is $16M.

Link to Full RFP:

http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pa/FY17-PRP-EIRA.pdf

SFARI Bridge to Independence Award Request for Applications

Sponsor:

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

Deadline:

August 7, 2017

Summary:

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) seeks to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.  In order to sustain this level of scientific excellence in future years, SFARI is extending our support to promising early-career investigators.

Grants awarded through the Bridge to Independence Award program are intended to invest in the next generation of top autism investigators by identifying talented early-career scientists interested in autism research and facilitating their transition to an independent research career. This request for applications (RFA) is aimed at senior postdoctoral fellows who intend to seek tenure-track faculty positions during the 2017–18 academic year. Successful applicants will be notified that they are finalists in the Bridge to Independence Award program and will have one year to submit an approval application, which includes confirmation of a tenure-track professorship at a U.S. academic institution, review of the institution’s research environment and resources, and institutional signoff.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree
  • Applicants must have fewer than six (6) years of postdoctoral or otherwise mentored training.
  • Applicants must be currently in non-independent, mentored, training positions, as recognized by their institution. The following guidelines should be used to distinguish independent from non-independent positions (modified from NIH’s K99/R00 Program Announcement eligibility section): Evidence for non-independence may include:
  • The applicant’s research is entirely funded by another investigator’s grants.
  • The applicant’s research is conducted entirely in another investigator’s assigned space.
  • According to institutional policy, the applicant is not allowed to submit an application for an NIH research grant (e.g., R01) or SFARI grant (e.g, Explorer, Pilot, Research, and Targeted awards.)
  • Applicants must be actively seeking a tenure-track position at a U.S. institution of higher education during 2017-18 academic year.
  • Applicants are not eligible if they are recipients of other career development awards with similar budgetary scope as the SFARI Bridge to Independence award. These include, but are not limited to:
    • NIH K99/R00 (please note that other K awardees may be eligible, e.g., K01 and K08)
    • Burroughs-Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists
    • American Academy of Neurology Career Development Award
    • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Hanna H. Gray fellowship

You are strongly encouraged to contact SFARI prior to grant submission if you believe your career development award is comparable to the BTI award but is not listed above.

  • Applicants must not have accepted a formal offer for a tenure-track faculty position.
  • There are no citizenship requirements.

Available Funding:

The principal investigator (PI) will receive research support at a fixed rate of $150,000 per year, including 20 percent for indirect costs (see SFARI policies), for up to three (3) years. Funds may not be used toward the PI’s salary but may provide salary support for other laboratory personnel. Institutional start-up packages may not be reduced because of SFARI funding.

Link to Full RFP:

https://sfari.org/funding/grants/bridge-to-independence-rfa/bridge-to-independence-award-request-for-applications

Discovery Award – FY17 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

Sponsor:

United States Department of Defense

Deadline:

Pre-Application (required):  July 19, 2017

Application (by invitation only):  August 2, 2017

Summary:

All applications for PRMRP funding must specifically address at least 1 of the 48 Topic Areas as directed by Congress and must be directly relevant to the healthcare needs of military Service members, Veterans, and/or beneficiaries.  Please see RFP for Topic Areas.

The intent of the PRMRP Discovery Award is to support innovative, non-incremental, highrisk/potentially high-reward research that will provide new insights, paradigms, technologies, or applications. Studies supported by this award are expected to lay the groundwork for future avenues of scientific investigation. The proposed research project should include a wellformulated, testable hypothesis based on a sound scientific rationale and study design.

The outcome of research supported by this award should be the generation of preliminary data that can be used as a foundation for future research projects to understand the mechanisms of initiation or progression and/or improving patient care for a disease or condition.

Eligibility:

  • Investigators at the level of postdoctoral fellow or clinical fellow (or equivalent) and above are eligible to submit applications.
  • Relevance to the healthcare needs of military Service members, Veterans, and beneficiaries is a key feature of this award. Applications are required to include an explanation of how the proposed project has military relevance.
    • PIs are encouraged to integrate and/or align their research projects with DoD and/or VA research laboratories and programs. Collaboration with the DoD or VA is also encouraged.

Available Funding:

Maximum of $200,000 for direct costs (plus indirect costs)/ Maximum period of performance is 18 months

Link to Full RFP:

http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/pa/FY17-PRMRP-DA.pdf

POST-DOCTORAL TRAINING SUPPORT PROGRAM IN CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH (TL1)

Sponsor:

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

Deadline:

5PM on June 27, 2017

Summary:

The TL1 offers support, mentoring and training opportunities for late-stage pre-doctoral and early-stage post-doctoral scholars conducting research in the area of health care and/or translational medicine. The program provides stipends, training and mentoring while emphasizing the scholar’s success within their established research area. The fundamental goal of the program is to help and support scholars as they advance in their research careers, and to provide them with the knowledge and skills to eventually develop into successful, independent researchers. The program encourages productivity, collaborative research and career development.

Eligibility:

Late-stage pre-doctoral PhD students who have completed required coursework, as well as early stage post-doctoral research scholars (1-2 years after completion of pre-doctoral training) are eligible to apply. Post-doctoral scholars should be actively engaged in translationally-relevant research. Scholars from any unit or school in the University, or with appointments at CTSI-affiliated New York City Health + Hospitals institutions, are eligible to apply. Applicants must have the support of their research advisor/mentor.

Available Funding:

The TL1 program will provide up to two years of stipend and other support. Based on NIH requirements, the stipend for pre-doctoral candidates will be set at a maximum of $22,920 annually. For post-doctoral scholars, salary will be set at NIH post-graduate year levels (See NIH website: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-048.html). Additional funds will be available for educational courses and travel to meetings. Pre-doctoral scholars who graduate, or post-doctoral scholars who successfully compete for an NIH K or R award or equivalent, will be rotated off the program.

Link to Full RFP:

https://med.nyu.edu/ctsi/training-education/research-career-development/tl1

The Russell Sage Foundation’s Visiting Researchers Program

Sponsor:

The Russell Sage Foundation

Deadline:

May 1, 2017

Summary:

On an occasional basis, the Foundation has one or two available office spaces and considers applications for short-term fellowships by scholars who are conducting research relevant to the Foundation’s priority areas. These positions do not come with any Foundation financial support and are available for visits of two to three months as space permits.

Visiting Researchers are provided with an office at the Foundation, computers and software, and library access. Applicants who reside outside of the greater New York City area may be provided with a partially-subsidized apartment near RSF, if available.

Eligibility:

Visiting Researchers must be several years beyond the PhD and have a publications record and current research project that is relevant to the Foundation’s program areas. Priority will be given to RSF-sponsored grantees and scholars who are seeking to complete existing work, although we welcome applications from scholars carrying out innovative work related to our current program areas.

Available Funding:

 No financial support included.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/visiting-researchers

The Russell Sage Foundation’s Visiting Scholars Program

Sponsor:

The Russell Sage Foundation

Deadline:

Application Portal open April 14 – June 28, 2017

Summary:

The Russell Sage Foundation’s Visiting Scholars Program provides a unique opportunity for select scholars in the social, economic and behavioral sciences to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the Foundation’s New York headquarters. Research carried out by Visiting Scholars constitutes an important part of the Foundation’s ongoing effort to analyze and understand the complex and shifting nature of social and economic life in the United States. While Visiting Scholars typically work on projects related to the Foundation’s current programs, a few scholars whose research falls outside these areas are occasionally invited as well. Descriptions of our prior Visiting Scholar classes along with summaries of their projects attest to the diversity of scholars, disciplines and projects selected.

Eligibility:

All scholar applicants must have a Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree, or a career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research. Most selected applicants are typically several years beyond the Ph.D. The Foundation does not accept applications to the Visiting Scholar program from doctoral or other graduate students. Individuals are allowed a maximum of two visits to the Foundation as a Visiting Scholar—the second visit may not occur within 7 years of the first visit.

Available Funding:

The Foundation annually awards up to 17 residential fellowships to select scholars in the social sciences who are at least several years beyond the Ph.D. Visiting Scholar positions begin September 1st and ordinarily run through June 30th. Scholars are provided with an office at the Foundation, research assistance, computer and library facilities, and supplemental salary support of up to 50 percent of their academic year salary when unavailable from other sources (up to a maximum of $125,000). Scholars who reside outside the greater New York City area are also provided with a partially-subsidized apartment near the Foundation offices. Because this is a residential fellowship that requires significant Foundation resources, scholars are expected to be in residence at the Foundation throughout the scholar year.

Link to Full RFP:

http://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/visiting-scholars-program

Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Career Development Award (CDA)

Sponsor:

Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation

Deadline:

July 15, 2017

 Summary:

The purpose of the Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation is to support the research of promising young scientists, to contribute to the creation of new areas of research in the biological sciences in Italy, and to strengthen and develop collaborative relationships between Italian scientists and those at Harvard Medical School in Boston (HMS).

The Career Development Award consists of three-to-five years of funding allocated to an independent investigator at a host institute in Italy. The program is aimed at young and talented scientists, to enable them to contribute significantly to their areas of research. Funding will become available July 1, 2018.

Eligibility:

  • be young, emerging basic scientists with demonstrated productivity and the ability to function as an independent investigator. Previous experience working with or at HMS is desirable but not an essential requirement.
  • have a minimum of three years of postdoctoral research experience in basic biological sciences (including at least two years abroad) and be no more than 10 years from having received a PhD.  The calculation of the three and 10 years is made by comparing the date the degree was conferred to the CDA application deadline (i.e. July 15, 2017), so this year the degree should have been received no earlier than July 15, 2007, and not later than July 15, 2014. Please note that the actual elapsed time since the award of the first PhD considered for eligibility can be reduced in the following properly documented circumstances. For maternity, the actual elapsed time since the award of the first PhD will be considered reduced by 18 months for each child born during PhD study or after the PhD award. For paternity, the actual elapsed time since the award of the first PhD will be considered reduced by the documented amount of paternity leave actually taken for each child born during PhD study or after the PhD award. For long-term illness, clinical training or national service the actual elapsed time since the award of the first PhD will be considered reduced by the documented amount of leave actually taken by the applicant for each incident which occurred after the PhD award.
  • be researchers outside of Italy who wish to become part of the community of researchers in Italy.  Applicants must be working outside of Italy, not only at the time of application, but also when the award is made and accepted.
  • have an agreement for development of a novel research area in a suitable host institution in Italy.   Preferably, this is at an institution other than where the candidate has done doctoral study, post-doctoral research or held a job.
  • not have a pre-existing contract, independent of this grant, with a prospective host institute in Italy.  Applications from candidates who have already been offered an appointment at an Italian host institute will not be considered.
  • As part of the preliminary discussion with a host institute, an offer of a tenure-track position is desirable.
  • A candidate who is nominated for a Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation Career Development Award may not hold this award concurrently with another grant designed to assist in establishing the scientist at a host institute in Italy and to pursue the same line of research. Exceptions to this will be made only under exceptional circumstances, which must be communicated promptly to the Armenise-Harvard Foundation for consideration.  Co-funding from the host institution, on the other hand, would be positively considered.

Available Funding:

$ 200,000 per year.

The funds may cover the costs related to compensation of the researcher (commensurate with the position occupied at the host institution), salaries of the other members involved in the indicated research project, and equipment/infrastructure.

Link to Full RFP:

Career Development Award: how to apply

The National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Sponsor:

The National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Foundation

Deadline:

5 PM Eastern Time, November 2, 2017

Summary:

The National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of education research. This nonresidential postdoctoral fellowship funds proposals that make significant scholarly contributions to the field of education. The program also develops the careers of its recipients through professional development activities.

Fellows may elect to take the fellowship full-time over one year or half-time over two years. This is a non- residential fellowship. Scholars may conduct their research at their home institution or at another research site that they have arranged. During their fellowship tenure, fellows are required to attend three professional development retreats hosted by the NAEd and to make a formal presentation of their research to the Academy. The NAEd provides additional travel funds for fellows to attend these meetings.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must have received their PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2016. Please note, if you defended your dissertation in 2016, but did not receive your diploma, or were not conferred, until 2017, then you will not be eligible to apply for the fellowship this year. Do please consider applying next year however.
  • Applicant should have a demonstrated record of research experience in education.
  • Proposed project must be an education research project. NAEd funds studies that examine the efficacy of curriculum and teaching methods, however, we do not fund the initial development of curriculum or instructional programs.
  • Applications will be judged on the applicant’s past research record, career trajectory in education research, and the quality of the project described in the application.
  • Applications must be made by the individual applying for the fellowship; group applications will not be accepted.
  • Non-US citizens are welcome to apply.
  • Concurrent funding for the proposed project is not permitted. You may not hold a grant from the Spencer Foundation at the same time as this fellowship.

Available Funding:

Up to 30 Fellowships of $70,000 are intended as salary replacement for one year and to cover other research expenses outlined in the proposal.

Link to Full RFP:

NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Guidelines