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 July 2014


July 29, 2014

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Third Annual BioArt competition

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is holding its third annual BioArt competition. Each day, scientific investigators produce thousands of images and videos as a part of their research – from the collection of image-based data, to the visualization of results and the illustration of complex findings. However, only a few are ever seen outside of the laboratory. Through the BioArt competition, FASEB hopes to share the beauty and excitement of biological research with the public.

The competition is open to federally-funded biomedical and life scientists or FASEB society members who wish to submit captivating, high-resolution images and videos produced from their own cutting-edge life science research. This year, there are two image categories “Fluorescence and Electron Microscopy” and “All Other Life Science Images.” FASEB will select five winners in each image category and two in the video category. The submission deadline is August 30, 2014.

Last year’s winning images are on display at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) Visitor Center. Winning images and videos have been featured on the NIH Director’s blog and been included in other exhibits and events!

July 9, 2014

Cell Viability Survey

A global biotechnology company is conducting a survey to better serve the needs of researchers. They are offering a $15 Starbucks eGift to the first 200 participants. For life science research only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

Complete the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2ZDL76H


June 2014


June 23, 2014

11th Annual Qualitative Research Summer Intensive

ResearchTalk Inc., a qualitative research consulting and professional development firm, and the University of North Carolina's Odum Institute are offering a special discount for NPA members to attend the 11th annual Qualitative Research Summer Intensive.  The event will be held in Chapel Hill, NC. It begins July 28, 2014 and ends August 1, 2014.

More information about the event is available at this webpage: http://researchtalk.com/qrsi-2014/

NPA members are entitled to two different discount offers this year:

  • Members can register for any courses offered at this year's event and receive a 25% discount.  Simply use the discount code NPA25 while completing your registration information; OR
  • Two specific courses on this year schedule are available to you at 50% discount (offer not to be combined with above discount or any other discount offers). 
    • Robin Jarrett is teaching a course entitled “Negotiating Diversity in Qualitative Research.”  This two-day course is offered Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29.
    • Tony Adams, co-editor of “The Handbook of Autoethnography” and author of “Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same Sex Desire ,” is teaching a two-day course entitled “Autoethnographic Research.”  This course is offered Thursday, July 31 through Friday, August 1.

To receive this discount, e-mail ResearchTalk directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This special discount is only available via e-mail and not available through online registration.

June 19,2014

Turn your Science into a Company Workshop

The American Society for Microbiology is soliciting applications from graduate students, postdoctoral and early career scientists for the inaugural 2014 ASM Turning Science into a Company.  Application deadline is August 17, 2014. Space is limited- Apply Now!

Workshop topics cover:

1. Steps for structuring start-up businesses including research, product development, and    commercialization

2. Resources for conducting market research analysis

3. Alternatives for financing start-up business

4. When, why, and how to exit a business

 

The workshop will be held Friday and Saturday, September 26 – 27, 2014, ASM Headquarters, Washington, DC

For more information, please visit the Turning Your Science into a Company page. If you have questions email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CLICK HERETO APPLY 

 

June 9,2014

Volunteers Needed For Research Study

Survey of the prevalent professional research climate of postdoctoral researchers and Ph.D. students

Seeking participants for an anonymous online survey to document the experiences of postdoctoral scholars and Ph.D. students during their training period. To take this survey you must be a postdoctoral scholar or Ph.D. student in a research environment. You must understand written English and will need to be over 18 to give consent to participate. It is anticipated that the survey will not take longer than 30 minutes to complete.

RISKS AND BENEFITS: No personal information of the participants will be collected or used as a part of this survey. Once results are collected, they will be used only in relation to this research. Participation in the study involves minimal risk. The survey poses some questions of a sensitive nature that might cause mild psychological discomfort. If you find any questions too uncomfortable to answer, you are free to omit those questions. Benefits to participants include the opportunity to express thoughts and feelings regarding your research training in a safe and anonymous setting. Potential long-term benefits include a better understanding of the trainee experience throughout academia and potential changes in institutional policies, as well as information that could help design independent help desks for research scholars.

COST AND PAYMENTS: There are no costs for participating in this study. You will not be paid for your participation.

Any questions pertaining to the research can be answered by

Dr. Siddharth Ramakrishnan ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Please find the link to the survey below: https://www.socialsci.com/s/PhDandPostdocsurvey

June 6, 2014

2014 Building Bridges and Spanning Boundaries Award: Innovations in Research and Research Education

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) announces its third annual award developed in collaboration with the Graduate Research, Education, and Training (GREAT) Group and Group on Research Advancement and Development (GRAND) leadership. The 2014 award will highlight innovations in two different areas:

Community Partnerships

Proposals must highlight innovative ways institutions partner with communities through research or research training outreach programs. Examples of eligible programs include K-12 STEM education outreach, clinical trial outreach and recruitment programs, community education outreach, or health equity research programs.

Maximizing Research Efficiency

Proposals must highlight innovative ways institutions maximize research efficiency within their research or research training program. Examples of eligible initiatives include new (re)organization or utilization of shared research core facilities, innovative models for space allocation, collaborations across multiple institutions, optimizing units that support research, or other related initiatives.

Who Should Apply?

Research training leaders in Ph.D., M.D.-Ph.D., and postdoctoral programs, research deans, and research and faculty leaders across the full spectrum of research are encouraged to apply. Self-submissions and applications on behalf of colleagues are welcome.

Award

Winners will be announced at the 2014 GRAND, GREAT Group and Postdoctorate Leaders Section Annual Professional Development Meeting, September 18-20 in Ft. Worth, Texas. At least one award in each category will be presented to institutions. A total amount of $15,000 will be awarded.

Application and more award details are available on the AAMC website.

Application deadline: Monday, June 30, 2014

Application submissions and questions:
Jodi Yellin, Ph.D.
Director, Science Policy, AAMC
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 202-828-0485

June 5, 2014

Curium Consulting Projects

Are you a highly skilled graduate student or academic looking to leverage your skill set in a business setting? Would you like to gain experience in bioscience business consulting while building your network and solving real-life business problems?

Curium encourages high caliber academics from all disciplines to apply to work on Curium consulting projects.

Curium carefully reviews and selects applicants based on their experience, previous accolades, and current project needs. If chosen, you will receive training, guidance, and support, before being assigned to a project team under the direction of a project lead. Curium consultants are offered project based stipends and compensation is commensurate with experience. As you gain experience with Curium, you can progress from an analyst to project manager, based on project performance.

Curium consulting projects are designed to be completed in parallel to full-time academic commitments, as such, project teams typically meet on evenings and weekends to allow for this. Also, while it is understood that student members have academic commitments, Curium project consultants are expected to complete projects within project timelines and to the highest quality standards.

How to Apply

Curium is continually seeking exceptional candidates. If interested, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the subject line “Curium Consulting Applicant” and make sure to include your résumé and a brief description of your career interests and/or cover letter.

Candidate applicants will be reviewed and contacted directly for interviews regarding upcoming projects based on fit and availability.


 

May 2014


May 8, 2014

Elsevier Publishing Connect Webinar Series

The Elsevier Foundation runs the hugely popular Publishing Connect program, supporting young and new scientific authors by bringing publishing workshops to institutions across the globe. They also provide a library of training webcasts on their website.

They are bringing you a new series of free live webinars, presented by Elsevier's top experts.

By participating in these webinars, you will receive the most valuable and up-to-date advice on how to publish and get your research seen by your peers. You will also be able to send your questions to our experts. All this without having to leave your desk!

You can register for one, or several of their events:

Introduction to Scholarly Publishing
Presenter: Keith Lambert, Publisher
8 May 2014, 3.00pm BST, 4.00pm CEST, 10.00am EDT
What does a Publisher actually do? Find out what key contributions to the scientific and health communities a Publisher makes.

How to Get Published
Presenter: Anthony Newman, Senior Publisher
Part I: Preparing Your Manuscript
13 May 2014, 3.00pm BST, 4.00pm CEST, 10.00am EDT
Learn what are the important steps that, as an Author, you need to follow in preparing your manuscript for a successful publication.

Part II: Structuring an Article
14 May 2014, 3.00pm BST, 4.00pm CEST, 10.00am EDT
From the title and keywords, right through to the conclusion and references, this presentation will take you through all the essential criteria to give your article the best chance of success.

Part III: Using Proper Scientific Language
15 May 2014, 3.00pm BST, 4.00pm CEST, 10.00am EDT
Find out why proper language is vital and about all the main ways to present your work, including the correct use of tenses and grammar.

Research and Publishing Ethics
Presenter: Catriona Fennell, Director Publishing Services
22 May 2014, 3.00pm BST, 4.00pm CEST, 10.00am EDT
Protect your reputation and career by learning how to navigate ethical topics, such as authorship, plagiarism and conflict of interest.

The events are FREE to attend. Just register here and you'll be sent a link and a calendar reminder. On the day, just click on the link, sit back and watch the presentation. Register here!

May 7, 2014

Careers@Singapore: Translational & Clinical Research Networking Sessions

Singapore offers generous funding, cutting-edge infrastructure and an established ecosystem of renowned research institutes helmed by distinguished researchers to support the careers of physician scientists and clinical researchers.

Contact Singapore, an alliance of the Singapore Economic Development Board and Ministry of Manpower, together with some of Singapore's leading medical and research institutes, will be holding networking sessions on the East Coast from May 19-22. Contact Singapore is looking for physician scientists, academic physicians and researchers in the following therapeutic areas: cancer, cardiovascular diseases, computational & systems biology, dermatology, health services research, infectious diseases/immunology, metabolic disorders, neuroscience, pediatrics, pathology, radiological sciences, stem cell biology, stroke, neuro-degenerative diseases and neuro-oncology.

Boston, MA: Monday, May 19

Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (registration starts at 6:30 p.m.)

New York, NY: Wednesday, May 21

Millennium Broadway Hotel New York
145 West 44th Street
New York, 10036-40
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (registration starts at 6:30 p.m.)

Bethesda, MD: Thursday, May 22

Hilton Garden Inn Washington, D.C./Bethesda
7301 Waverly Street
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (registration starts at 6:30 p.m.)

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Singapore’s medical and research institutes, including: A*STAR Genome Institute of Singapore, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Healthcare Cluster, and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.

To register for these sessions and to submit your CV to be considered for research and career positions at these institutes, please visit: http://www.contactsingapore.sg/Research/US2014.

The deadline to register is May 15, 2014.

Contact Singapore and their partners will also be present at the Naturejobs Career Expo 2014 in Boston on May 20, 2014. Register here for Naturejobs Career Expo 2014 in Boston: https://www.eventsforce.net/nature/frontend/reg/thome.csp?pageID=31719&eventID=86&eventID=86

 


April 2014


April 23, 2014

Research In Progress Luncheon

The Clinical and Translational Science Center of the Weill Cornell Medical College is holding a Research In Progress luncheon, featuring presentations by CTSC trainees and scholars. The luncheon is hosted by Olaf Andersen, M.D. on Friday, May 16, 2014, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., at 525 E. 68th Street, 2nd floor, Payson Solarium (P-224).

“Evaluation of the Pathobiology of Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN) in Pediatric Patients”
CTSC KL2 Scholar – Nicole Kucine, M.D.

“Dynamic Load Bearing Characteristics of Implants for Osteochondral Defects”
CTSC KL2 Scholar – Tony Chen, Ph.D.

“Fecal metabolite profiling: a noninvasive method to determine biomarkers of chemopreventive efficacy in intestinal neoplasia”
CTSC TL1 Trainee– David Montrose, Ph.D.

Please RSVP by May 14, 2014 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Light refreshments will be served.

April 18, 2014

Postdoc to Faculty Workshop

If you are a postdoctoral fellow interested in a faculty position in the chemical sciences at a college or university, this workshop can help you prepare for a rewarding career. Housing and meals will be provided to the selected applicants.

August 8 & 9 in San Francisco, CA (prior to the fall 2014 ACS National Meeting).

The Postdoc to Faculty Workshop:

  • compares and contrasts positions and expectations in undergraduate and graduate chemistry departments
  • provides assistance with and feedback on teaching philosophies and research statements
  • presents strategies for balancing scholarship, teaching, and service expectations with life outside academia
  • creates a network of early-career faculty along with mentors, who can guide newly-minted faculty members
  • introduces interactive teaching models and provides resources to facilitate their incorporation

Submit an application by April 21

Please review the entire application form and gather all of the necessary information prior to attempting to start the application.Female applicants are encouraged to apply for the Dan Su Travel Award

The Dan Su Travel Award is a competitive award used to encourage women pursuing an academic career in chemistry. It will be awarded to the top four applications from women.The Dan Su Travel Award is established in memory of Dr. Dan Su, who served as Manager of both Analytical R&D and Quality Control Departments at Cambridge Major Laboratories, Inc. Dr. Su earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in polymer chemistry at Jilin University and Beijing Institute of Chemical Technology, respectively, before receiving her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Montreal. She conducted postdoctoral research with Dr. Fred Menger and Dr. David Jaeger before embarking on an industrial career.

Applicants are additionally encouraged to submit an abstract, by March 31, to be a part of the Academic Employment Intiative held at SciMix. This venue provides a unique opportunity for postdocs seeking academic positions to network with faculty recruiters.

If you have any questions, write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Intro to Government Consulting" Workshop

What's next for your career? Consulting is a growing and exciting career for graduates in life sciences, physical sciences, math, engineering, computer sciences and other STEM-related fields. Attend the next "Intro to Government Consulting" workshop. Get an insiders perspective from current STEM consultants.

April 30, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Metro Park - Alexandria, VA

Sign Up Now - Limited Seating Available!

Reserve your seat today and join STEM Career Services at Metro Park in Alexandria, VA, April 30, 2014 to get expert advice on:

  • The importance of STEM-trained candidates in government consulting.
  • Where to look for jobs in government consulting.
  • How to qualify for a security clearance.
  • How government consulting differs from management consulting and why STEM graduates find it more desirable.
  • How to transfer your academic/industry skills to those of a government consultant.
  • The importance of client interaction and which technical skills you must have to succeed.
  • What makes you a good “fit” for a company and a company a good “fit” for you.

All courses are taught by current government consultants. Learn by hearing case studies, seeing mock interviews and being exposed to the most up-to-date information about this career field.

April 14, 2014

Annual Postdoc Conference & Career Fair

A conference and career fair for current postdoctoral fellows working in Washington, D.C. area federal labs and universities, and for companies recruiting high-level S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professionals. This event exposes area postdoctoral fellows in the S.T.E.M. fields to the many career options (e.g., government, private sector, entrepreneurship) that are available to them.

The career fair portion connects local job-seeking postdocs with companies seeking that level of talent.

Bethesda North Marriott/Montgomery County Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road
Rockville, MD 20852

April 24, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

http://postdocconference.org

 

April 8, 2014

Centricity Series - Cancer: Navigating Innovative Care - April 23, 2014

Centricity Series on Cancer: Navigating Innovative Care, will take place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset.

Register here: http://www.feinsteininstitute.org/centricity-registration

 

HEAL-X Program at Tulane University

The HEAL-X Program at the Tulane School of Medicine is an expedited 3 ½- year program for those with Ph.D.s in biomedical sciences who would like to pursue an M.D. degree. Each year, up to 15 qualified students are accepted into a small cohort which learns using the ‘flipped classroom’ model. Using outcome-based learning objectives, students prepare materials outside of class, and then meet with faculty in interactive sessions that employ problem-based learning, team-based learning, and other interactive learning methods. Early clinical exposure is used throughout the first 18 months to emphasize and integrate the clinical application of basic science.

Application deadline for the January 2015 class is July 31st. For more information visit their website www.tulanehealx.com or contact Mary Tigner-Rasanen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

April 1, 2014

NextProf 2014 Future Faculty Workshop

The NextProf 2014 Future Faculty Workshop is planned for Wednesday, October 1, 2014 through Friday, October 3, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. They have hosted two very successful NextProf workshops over the past two years. For more details on NextProf 2014 and to nominate someone, please click on http://nextprof.engin.umich.edu/ .

They are seeking the very best senior doctoral candidates, postdocs and recent graduates meeting the following eligibility criteria:

  • Participants should be an underrepresented minority as defined by the National Science Foundation framework for broadening participation: individuals who belong to underrepresented groups, e.g., Alaska Native, Native American, Blacks or African American, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; and
  • Participants should be interested in/thinking about an academic career in engineering and science at an exceptional research or teaching institution.

All travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the selected participants.

If you should have any question about the event, please feel free to contact Alec at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


 March 2014


March 12, 2014

Women in Research Travel Grant Application

In honor of Women’s History Month, Cayman Chemical is offering one woman in research a travel grant of up to $500 to be used towards a conference of her choice. To apply, fill out this application form by March 31st, 2014: http://goo.gl/byzotf. To be eligible, applicants must be women in research who are graduate students or postdoctoral fellows who intend to use the travel grant for a conference or meeting within the United States by December 31, 2014. The winner will be chosen under Cayman’s discretion in early April and announced on Facebook April 15, 2014.

March 10, 2014

Registration is Open for the 2014 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute

On behalf of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology is organizing the 2014 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute: Career Transitions and Preparation. The Institute will be held on June 5-6, 2014 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center located in Bethesda, MD.

While the transition to independence is a challenge for all postdocs, young investigators who are members of groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical or behavioral sciences may have an especially difficult time finding and establishing themselves in their first independent positions. To prepare early career investigators of diverse backgrounds for this transformation, the Institute will bring together approximately 120 postdocs and a distinguished group of outstanding researchers, prominent scientific administrators, and nationally recognized career development experts to discuss key issues related to the cultivation of a successful career in science. The Institute is intended for postdocs; however, new assistant professors (within one year of completion of postdoctoral training) will also be considered, space permitting. To download the Institute registration/travel award application and view the preliminary agenda, please visit the registration website - http://twdprograms.org/postdoc2014/home.aspx.

Participants will be required to pay a $25 registration fee upon selection; however, all eligible applicants (those not receiving federal funding and other criteria) who are selected to participate will receive travel awards (maximum $1,250). The application receipt deadline date is April 18, 2014

March 6, 2014

Naturejobs Career Expo - Boston 2014

May 20th 2014 - John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center

The inaugural Naturejobs Career Expo Boston aims to promote global career opportunities in science, be it in industrial research, research organizations or academia. It presents the best opportunities from the best organizations: public, private, national and international.

Jobseekers can meet with potential employers offering hundreds of genuine vacancies. In addition, the conference plenary and workshop sessions will provide a unique opportunity to meet high profile scientists and gain careers information and advice and allow attendees to learn about their career development from speakers active in a range of disciplines, organizations and countries. The program includes sessions for graduates and postdocs, skills workshops and talks on careers in a range of industries.

Naturejobs Career Expo Boston follows on the continued success of the Naturejobs Career Expo in London, now in its seventh year; the Naturejobs Career Expo is the UK's largest career fair and conference focused exclusively on the scientific world.

Attendance to the Naturejobs Career Fair and Conference is FREE, but registration is required to attend. https://www.eventsforce.net/nature/frontend/reg/thome.csp?pageID=31719&eventID=86&eventID=86

 


February 2014


February 25, 2014

The Muscle Microenvironment: A niche for the next generation of biomedical scientists

"The Muscle Microenvironment: A niche for the next generation of biomedical scientists" will be held May 12, 2014 at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. The goal of this national conference is to bring together and inspire the next generation of muscle biologists. The conference will feature successful postdoc speakers who recently published in high impact journals sharing their science and experiences. In addition, a career development panel made up of experienced individuals representing technology marketing and licensing, pharmaceutical industry, and science writing will discuss what these careers entail and how one might get into these careers. Participants will also have the chance to present and discuss their work during a poster session. Networking as well as the presentation and discussion of possible career paths and opportunities shall help to support and encourage graduate students and postdocs on the path towards a scientific career.

Register today! Registration and further information are available here: http://www.muscle-microenvironment-2014.com or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join us for the first edition of this unique scientific conference organized FOR trainees BY trainees!

February 20, 2014

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology 2014 Science Research Conference Series

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)  is in its 32nd year of organizing the Science Research Conference Series. In 2014, they are presenting 35 throughout the United States, the Bahamas and Italy. These small conferences are a great way for postdocs to network for either another postdoc or new faculty positions. FASEB is in the process of recruiting more junior trainees to participate in their meetings in hopes that as they move further into their academic careers will  become future faculty organizers.

The full listing for 2014 can be found here https://secure.faseb.org/FASEB/meetings/summrconf/selectTopic.aspx?Sortfrom=2013

February 10, 2014

Moving abroad: Relocating from the US to the UK

Moving abroad: Relocating from the US to the UK, is an ebook for American academics looking for work in the UK. This ebook explores the advantages and challenges facing academics from the United States when they are considering moving to the UK for work. It offers a step by step guide including top tips to help you to maximise your chances in the UK academic job market.

Read more here: Moving abroad: Relocating from the US to the UK ebook

February 5, 2014

Research in Progress Luncheon

The Clinical and Translational Science Center of the Weill Cornell Medical College Research In Progress Luncheon will take place Friday, February 21, 2014, from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at 525 E. 68th Street, 2nd floor, Payson Solarium (P-224). The event will be hosted by Yuan-Shan Zhu, Ph.D.

The luncheon will feature tresentations by CTSC trainees and scholars.

"Prediction of acute hepatitis C treatment response in patients with HIV"
CTSC Master’s degree candidate – Leah Burke, M.D.

"The Retinoblastoma Survivor Study (RBSS): Chronic Medical Conditions and General Health Status of Adult Survivors of Retinoblastoma”
CTSC Master’s degree candidate – Danielle Novetsky Friedman, M.D.

"Intestinal Microbiota and Acute Rejection of Renal Allografts"
CTSC KL2 scholar – John Lee, M.D.

“Parathyroid Hormone Enhances Osseointegration of an Intra-articular Titanium Implant in a Novel Mouse Model”
CTSC Master’s degree candidate – Xu Yang, M.D.

Please RSVP by February 19, 2014 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Light refreshments will be served.

 

February 3, 2014

Funding Opportunity Announcement for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Strengthening the Biomedical Research Workforce Program

The NIH Common Fund's Strengthening the Biomedical Research Workforce program announces a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) awards. These awards will support the development of novel ideas in graduate training and workforce development: RFA-RM-13-019 NIH Director's Biomedical Research Workforce Innovation Award: Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST).

The purpose of this FOA is to seek out, identify, and support bold and innovative approaches to broaden graduate and postdoctoral training, such that training programs reflect the range of career options that Ph.D. graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can pursue and that are needed for a robust biomedical research enterprise. Collaborations with non-academic partners are encouraged to ensure experts from a broad spectrum of research-intensive and research-related careers contribute to coursework, rotations, internships or other forms of exposure. This program will establish a new paradigm for graduate and postdoctoral training; awardee institutions will work together to define needs and share best practices.

Key features of this FOA:

  • Applications responsive to this FOA should provide opportunities to acquire a working knowledge of the skills necessary for a wide range of successful careers in the biomedical research workforce.
  • Applicants are encouraged to form partnerships with organizations that employ scientists engaged in the careers for which the training experiences are directed (private sector, publishing, government, etc.).
  • It is expected that the BEST awards will transcend department, program, and possibly school boundaries, and be available to biomedical science graduate students and postdocs across disciplines.
  • BEST awards are meant to be experiments and therefore rigorous evaluation of each award will be required by both the awardees and independently by NIH.
  • Awards can be up to $250,000 in direct costs per year; we anticipate approximately 7-10 awards.
  • These awards are non-renewable with the expectation that institutions will develop new academic and business models that are sustainable beyond the 5 years of support of this award.

For more details on the Strengthening the Biomedical Research Workforce program, please visit the program website and the Frequently Asked Questions site. NIH will hold an informational webinar for this FOA on February 6, 2014 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST. For more information and to register, please visit https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/117006479 .

Informational Webinar: February 6, 2014, 1:00-2:30pm EST

Letter of Intent Due Date: February 28, 2014

Application Due Date: March 31, 2014

Earliest Start Date: September 2014

The NIH Common Fund supports goal-driven, research networks in which investigators generate data, solve technological problems, and/or otherwise pilot resources and tools that will be stimulatory to the broader research community. Common Fund programs are designed to achieve their goals within a maximum of 10 years. More information about the programs currently supported by the Common Fund can be found at www.commonfund.nih.gov.


 ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES


Fulbright Postdoctoral Grant Opportunities

The Fulbright Scholar Program is eager to engage postdoctoral and early career academics, offering opportunities in a range of countries and fields.

Postdoctoral/early career grants are open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degrees – typically within the five previous years. Postdoctoral awards are available in STEM fields, the arts, humanities and social sciences. Grant lengths range from one semester to 20 months, depending on the host country.

Postdoctoral/early career grants present an excellent opportunity for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields. Scholars will be expected to engage with graduate students in the host country and to be involved with host university training in cutting edge research in their specializations.

For more information, including a list of countries offering Fulbright Scholar postdoctoral opportunities, visit: http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/catalog/2014-2015/POSTDOC/


Pubget is a life science literature search tool similar to PubMed. Unlike PubMed, with Pubget, the search results are complete papers-not abstracts. Each paper in a search is displayed as a PDF, thus allowing users to quickly and efficiently save and print papers from journals such as Nature, Science and Cell (in fact, our database is comprised of everything in PubMed). Pubget is free to use (although a user's institution needs a subscription to use Pubget) and currently has more than 800,000 unique users from more than 500+ institutions accessing the site each month.


 core_final_816Ethics CORE will develop, gather, preserve and provide comprehensive access to resources related to professional and research ethics for many audiences. It will provide information and expertise for instructors who teach ethics, students with questions about research integrity, researchers and engineers who encounter ethical challenges in practice, administrators in universities and businesses who oversee ethics and compliance policies, scholars who conduct research on professional and research ethics, and others with questions or interests in these areas using a variety of tools including Online Presentations, Courses, Learning Modules, Animations, Teaching Materials, and more. These resources come from contributors in our scientific community, and are used by visitors from all over the world.

Ethics CORE investigators hail from diverse backgrounds, including business, law, civil engineering, education, electrical and computer engineering and library sciences. Other partners bring strengths across the range of disciplines supported by the National Science Foundation and beyond.


Become a Character in an Interactive Movie Simulating Responsible Conduct of Research Topics

In "The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct," you become the lead characters in an interactive movie and make decisions about integrity in research that can have long-term consequences. The simulation addresses Responsible Conduct of Research topics such as avoiding research misconduct, mentorship responsibilities, handling of data, responsible authorship, and questionable research practices. In the movie you assume the role of four characters confronted with the pressures of working in a research laboratory. For complete details about this interactive movie visit http://www.ori.hhs.gov/TheLab/.


The American Chemical Society (ACS) Younger Chemists Committee

The Younger Chemists Committee advocates for and provides resources to early-career chemists and professionals in the chemical sciences and related fields. The YCC addresses specific issues facing younger chemists within the ACS and serves as a voice to the Society on behalf of younger chemists.


Addgene is a nonprofit plasmid repository that helps scientists share their published plasmids. Addgene helps depositing scientists by archiving their DNA samples and handling plasmid requests. Addgene is also a great resource for scientists that need plasmids because we provide a searchable database of sequence-verified samples. Addgene currently has over 10,000 plasmids stored, and has shipped close to 100,000 samples to scientists around the world.


LabLife provides free lab management software to biology research labs. LabLife helps scientists organize materials and data, organize lab ordering, analyze sequences, and more. It's perfect for post-docs who want to help their current labs get organized or who are looking for free IT infrastructure as they start their own labs.


The New York City postdoctoral community has established an Internet platform which promotes cross-institutional collaboration for improving the lives and training of more than three thousand postdocs living in the NYC area. Follow this link: www.NewYorkPostdocs.com


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