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  • 1. Mentor’s advice Peer advice Where to look For fellowships Why a fellowship Write a Compelling story Pilot data Letters of recommendation What budget can be used for Experimental design Goal setting Fellowship Toolbox: Alison Hall, Ph.D. Office of Graduate Education
  • 2.
    • Why do you want a fellowship?
    • Makes the relationship with the PI explicit
    • Benefits associated with grant
    • Looks good on your resume
    • Great learning experience
    • Crystal Miller, Neuroscience NRSA postdoc cxk81
    • Vernon Ruffin, Physiology, NRSA postdoc vernon.ruffin
    • Victoria Barron, Genetics, AHA predoc vab8
  • 3. Where do you start? Communicate your PI, potential mentors/committee the Office of Research, Office Grad Education Are you ready? pilot data time to focus appointment status deadlines Do you qualify? some restricted to US citizens, permanent residents
  • 4.
    • National Research Service Awards (NRSA)
      • F30 Predoctoral Awards for MD/PhD Fellowships
      • F31 Predoctoral Fellowships
      • F32 Postdoctoral Fellowships
    • K Awards
      • K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Awd
      • K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award
      • K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award
      • K99/00 Pathway to Independence Award
  • 5. The NIH NRSA Ruth L Kirschstein F KIOSK ttp://grants.nih.gov/training/f_files_nrsa.htm Stipend FY 2010 Predoctoral $21,180 Postdoctoral Years of Experience: 0 $37,740 1 $39,756 2 $42,624 3 $44,304 Training Related Expenses Predoctoral Trainees: $4,200 Postdoctoral Trainees: $7,850
  • 6. Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (Parent F31) (PA-10-108) 
National Institutes of Health
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
National Institute on Aging
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows (Parent F30) (PA-10-107) 
National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Aging
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
National Institute of Mental Health
  • 7. Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 – Diversity) 
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
National Cancer Institute
National Center for Research Resources
National Eye Institute
National Human Genome Research Institute
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institute on Aging
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
 Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institute of Nursing Research
  • 8. Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (Parent F32) (PA-10-110) 
National Institutes of Health
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
National Cancer Institute
National Center for Research Resources
National Eye Institute
National Human Genome Research Institute
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institute on Aging
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
 Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institute of Nursing Research
  • 9.
    • Prepare the NRSA Application: read the instructions!!
    • start early, seek internal reviewers
        • Candidate (grades, GREs, etc)
          • US citizen or permanent resident
          • Doctoral degree (many ok)
        • Mentor Training Plan
        • Research Proposal
          • Up to 3 yrs
          • It’s training, not just science!
        • Vertebrate Animals, Human Subjects etc.
        • 3 times per year, usu Apr 8, Aug 8, Dec 8
        • electronic submissions!
        • The A1, you may have to resubmit…
        • http://grants.nih.gov/training/nrsa.htm
  • 10. The F32 NRSA success is about 30% http://grants.nih.gov/training/data/tf_trends/sld006.htm
  • 11. Grantwriting Resources ScienceCareers.org Career Development Articles NIMH Grant Application Process http://www.nimh.nih.gov/researchFunding/grantprocess.cfm http://www.nimh.nih.gov/researchFunding/training.cfm FASEB Grantsmanship Training Program https://ns2.faseb.org/careerutilities/grantprg.htm Grant Application Writer’s Handbook , Reif-Lehrer See also http://casemed.case.edu/gradprog/
  • 12. Who else might fund my research? How do you find the right match? Searchable database Grantsnet.org Private Foundations -support from a family or corporation Public Charitable Organizations: -MDA, AHA , ACS support from the public
  • 13. American Heart Association (Great Rivers affiliate) Cardiovascular and stroke research Do not have to be a citizen or PR Jan deadline, starts July Predoc $22,000 per year plus 1,000 health 
 Postdoc year one $43,000 – stipend $41,000, plus $1,000 for health, $1,000 for travel 2008 Success Rate Postdoc
# Applications Reviewed: 159
# Applications Awarded: 44
Success Rate: 30 percent
  • 14. What happens to your application next? Most applications now electronic Scientific Review Group Study section review Scores and percentiles Summary sheet http://grants.nih.gov/grants/partners/NexusImages/September06/submit.jpg
  • 15. Write for the Reviewers
    • Reviewers are:
      • Smart
      • Accomplished
      • Dedicated
      • Fair
    Phyllis McBride, Ph.D. [email_address]
  • 16. Write for the Reviewers
    • Reviewers are also:
      • Busy
      • Overworked
      • Skeptical
      • May not be as knowledgeable about the details
    Phyllis McBride, Ph.D. [email_address]
  • 17. A strong research idea should pass the “so what” test. What is the benefit of answering your question? Who will it help and how? If you cannot make a definitive statement about the purpose of your research, it is unlikely to be funded. Get Started: The Research Idea
  • 18. Specific Aims Make sure you: Provide a rationale—where did hypothesis come from? why is this a strong idea? why did you choose this over others? Have objectives that are measurable and highly focused Provide a hypothesis to be tested with a specific aim Have aims that are feasible in technique, time and money http://www.theresearchassistant.com/tutorial/2-1.asp
  • 19. Background and significance Pilot data--perhaps a year of work? The goal of this section is to demonstrate experience and competence to perform the proposed project Often, the feasibility of your proposed study is demonstrated through the report of pilot data Can include work of others in lab, explain
  • 20. Experimental Design and Methods How will you test hypothesis, approach? Cite, but do not expect reviewer to read papers Include “Anticipated outcome and Alternative interpretations” for each aim
  • 21. Do not give up!! You want to earn support Your mentor wants you to earn support Your study section wants you to earn support Pay attention to the summary statement resubmit