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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/

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.

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Website & Contact Information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-104.html http://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.

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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.html http://www.nih.gov/catalyst/2004/04.01.01/page5.html


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Program: The NEI Scholar's Program K22

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED, BUT THE OSD IS CURRENTLY WORKING TO RE-ESTABLISH 2005.

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).

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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.

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Website & Contact Information: http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Training/Pages/PRAT.aspx 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

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Website & Contact Information: http://www.aspet.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.

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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).

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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 eligible. Applications are submitted by inviting scientists who wish to host a foreign scientist in Japan.

Application Requirements: Applications for these programs must be submitted to JSPS by the inviting scientist in Japan through the head of his/her institution. Foreign scientists wishing to participate in either of these programs are advised to establish contact with a Japanese or foreign resident researcher in their field and to ask him/her to submit an application.

Type of funding available: The fellowship covers travel expenses and per diem

Website & Contact Information: http://www.jsps.go.jp/e-home.htm


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Program: L'Oreal USA Fellowships

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: Fellowships for women in their third or fourth year of graduate school, or postdoctoral fellows, whose interests are in the Natural Sciences (biological and physical), Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2003.

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Type of funding available: The Fellowships will provide $20,000 for one year (9 or 12 months). Candidates will be permitted to attain matching grants or supplemental fellowship grants.

Website & Contact Information: http://www.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience


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Program: National Science Foundation
Graduate Research Fellowships Including Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science Awards

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: NSF Graduate Fellowships offer recognition and three years of support for advanced study to approximately 900 outstanding graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based PhD degrees in science education. Approximately 90 awards will be in the Women in Engineering (WENG) and Women in Computer and Information Science (WICS) components.

Application Requirements: Applicants must be United States citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Those eligible to apply are college seniors, first-year graduate students, and others who have completed a limited amount of graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering. Women who intend to pursue graduate degrees in engineering or in computer and information science and engineering and who meet the eligibility requirements above can apply for the additional WENG or WICS awardsType of funding available: Awards made in March 2002 carry a stipend for each fellow of $21,500 for a 12-month tenure (prorated monthly at $1,791 for lesser periods) and an annual cost-of-education allowance of $10,500, paid to the Fellow's institution in lieu of tuition and fees. Note that the stipend for all Graduate Research Fellows for the 2002-2003 fellowship year has been increased to $21,500 a year (prorated at $1,791 a month for lesser periods).

Website & Contact Information: http://www.nsf.gov/home/menus/funding.htm


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Program: Swiss National Foundation (SNF)

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: Several types of fellowships are available that are designed to support periods of training and further education abroad.

Application Requirements: A fellowship can only be granted to Swiss citizens or Swiss residents. Swiss nationals resident abroad and individuals with a Type B residence permits have to provide evidence of scientific relevance to Switzerland. Applicants must hold a licentiate, an ordinary or final degree or a doctorate. Fellowships are available for periods of study abroad and for all disciplines. Considerable importance is placed on the researcher's return to Switzerland.

Type of funding available: Depends on the specific fellowship.

Website & Contact Information: http://www.snf.ch/en/Pages/default.aspx


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Program: Swiss National Foundation (SNF): Prospective Researcher

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: A research fellowship serves to finance a research stay at a foreign host institution.

Application Requirements: A doctorate from a Swiss university or a corresponding qualification from a foreign university in the field for which the fellowship is intended. For doctoral students, a university degree, Masters degree or diploma. A maximum age of 33 in the year the fellowship will commence (year of birth applies).

Type of funding available: Finance a research stay at a foreign host institution. Further information being sought.

Website & Contact Information: Division for Individual Support Fellowships and Exchange Programmes E-mail: fellowships@snf.ch


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Program: Swiss National Foundation (SNF) : Advanced Researcher

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: A research fellowship for more advanced researchers.

Application Requirements: The requirement in this category is at least two years of successfully completed research work and publications after completion of a first degree. A maximum age of 35 after completion of the year in which the fellowship starts must not be exceeded (year of birth applies).

Type of funding available: Further information being sought.

Website & Contact Information: Division for Individual Support Fellowships and Exchange Programmes E-mail: fellowships@snf.ch


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Program: Swiss National Foundation (SNF) Grants in Biology and Medicine

Program Description and Possible Deadlines: The Grants in Biology and Medicine fellowships are awarded to advanced researchers for further education at foreign research institutions working in the field of experimental and clinical medicine, and in the field of biology as a basic medical science.

Application Requirements: Further information being sought.

Type of funding available: Further information being sought.

Website & Contact Information: Division for Individual Support Fellowships and Exchange Programmes E-mail: fellowships@snf.ch

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