Funding and Career Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

  • A list of Vanderbilt University upcoming limited submission opportunities can be found at https://www.vanderbilt.edu/rds/limitedsubmission/.
  • A list of Vanderbilt University Medical Center upcoming limited submission opportunities can be found at https://www.vumc.org/oor/limited-and-external-funding-opportunities.
  • Visit the Edge Bulletin Board to check their current list of national research funding opportunities with upcoming deadlines, updated often. To submit national opportunities, email Edge for Scholars. Additionally, the Edge for Scholars Funded Grants Library has over 200 grants in the library including more than two dozen examples of NRSA fellowship applications (F30, F31, F32) written by Vanderbilt trainees that include original submissions, resubmissions, and summary statements. There are also a few AHA fellowship applications in the library. If a trainee is in the process of writing an application, they may review these shared grants by requesting access to the EFS Funded Grants Library. To gain access to the Funded Grants Library email Adrienne Babcock. Postdocs should copy their primary mentor on the request so the mentor can confirm the need for access.
  • Visit the SPIN Database of Sponsored Funding Opportunities and search their database of over 40,000 funding opportunities from more than 10,000 global sponsors.
  • Visit Grant Forward and search their database of over 9,000 sponsors and funding opportunities. 

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

  • Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) (K99/ R00 and UE5)

    The Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) program is part of NIH’s efforts to enhance diversity within the academic biomedical research workforce, and is designed to facilitate the transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds, for example individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce at the faculty level, into independent, tenure-track or equivalent research-intensive faculty positions. The program has two components: an institutionally-focused research education cooperative agreement (UE5) and an individual postdoctoral career transition award (K99/R00) to enhance diversity. The objective of the MOSAIC Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00) is to enhance workforce diversity by facilitating a timely transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds (e.g., see Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity) from their mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent research-intensive faculty positions.

  • MOSAIC Institutionally-Focused Research Education Award (UE5)

    MOSAIC UE5 Funding Opportunity Announcement, PAR-21-277

    The MOSAIC UE5 program supports awards to independent organizations (e.g., scientific societies). MOSAIC UE5 awardees will support educational activities that equip MOSAIC K99/R00 scholars with professional skills and provide them with the appropriate mentoring and professional networks to allow them to transition into, advance, and succeed in independent, tenure-track or equivalent research-intensive faculty positions. MOSAIC UE5 awardees will:

    • Develop cohorts of MOSAIC K99/R00 scholars based on scientific areas;
    • Provide opportunities for MOSAIC scholars to engage in career development activities that will foster their progression to and success in independent academic research careers (e.g. courses for skills development);
    • Enhance the scientific and professional networks of MOSAIC scholars beyond their local institutions;
    • Identify and connect scholars with additional mentors who can facilitate appropriate career advancement;
    • Organize regular meetings that provide appropriate leaders at the institutions where MOSAIC scholars conduct research (e.g., postdoctoral research advisors or postdoctoral affairs deans during the mentored research phase; department chairs, deans, or provosts during the independent phase) a forum to exchange ideas, and share evidence-informed approaches to improve mentoring relationships, promote inclusion and equity in the biomedical research enterprise, and enhance diversity;
    • Enhance institutional accountability for the scholars’ career advancement; and
    • Track and publicize outcomes (e.g., publicly available websites).

    Current MOSAIC UE5 Awardees are The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), and The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

    Awardee organizations must provide career development and mentoring activities aligned with and appropriate for the disciplinary backgrounds of scholars supported through the MOSAIC K99/R00 program. Areas of programmatic need will be indicated through Notices of Special Interest (NOSIs) released annually by NIH. Applications that do not address the program areas of need specified in the NOSI will be considered non-responsive and will not be reviewed.

    The NOSI for the November 2022 receipt date is NOT-GM-22-038.

    MOSAIC Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00)

    MOSAIC K99/R00 Funding Opportunity Announcements

    The MOSAIC K99/R00 program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds (e.g., see NIH’s Interest in Diversity) from their mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent research-intensive faculty positions. The MOSAIC K99/R00 program will provide independent NIH research support before and after this transition to help awardees launch successful, independent research careers. Additionally, MOSAIC K99/R00 scholars will be part of organized scientific cohorts and will be expected to participate in mentoring, networking, and professional development activities coordinated by MOSAIC Institutionally-Focused Research Education Award to Promote Diversity (UE5) grantees.

    MOSAIC K99/R00 Program Goals and Considerations

    The MOSAIC K99/R00 program is intended to foster the development of creative, innovative, independent researchers who will be competitive for subsequent independent biomedical research funding, and who will enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce. Additionally, it is widely recognized that scientists from underrepresented groups often assume disproportionate academic service and outreach loads, even during their training, and that these contributions to the research environment are generally not appropriately recognized and rewarded in the measures of career advancement (i.e., “the diversity tax”). The MOSAIC K99/R00 program seeks to support early career scientists with demonstrated and compelling commitments and contributions to enhancing diversity in the biomedical sciences..

    Individuals must be in mentored, postdoctoral training positions to be eligible to apply to the K99/R00 program. The K99 is not intended to extend time in the postdoctoral lab while an individual is on the job market. If an applicant achieves independence (any faculty or non-mentored research position) before a K99 award is made, neither the K99, nor the R00 award, will be made.

    The K99/R00 award will provide up to 5 years of support in two phases. The initial (K99) phase will provide support for up to 2 years of mentored postdoctoral career development. The second (R00) phase will provide up to 3 years of independent research support, which is contingent on satisfactory progress during the K99 phase and an approved, independent, tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty position. The two award phases are intended to be continuous in time. Although exceptions may be possible in limited circumstances, R00 awards will generally only be made to those K99 PDs/PIs who accept independent, tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty positions by the end of the K99 award period.

    Applicants must have no more than 4 years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the initial or the subsequent Resubmission application. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply no later than the third year of their postdoctoral training to ensure awardees receive maximum benefit from both the K99 phase of the award, and to facilitate a timely transition to independence. Because the program aims to support the career development of scholars early in their postdoctoral training, candidates who have not yet published a first-author manuscript during their postdoctoral training, but whose previous and current studies and future plans are likely to support a successful independent research career are encouraged to apply.

    The K99/R00 award is intended for individuals who require at least 12 months of mentored career development (K99 phase) before transitioning to the R00 award phase of the program. Consequently, the strongest applicants will require and propose a well-conceived plan for 1–2 years of substantive mentored career development that will help them become competitive candidates for tenure-track faculty positions and prepare them to launch robust, independent research programs. An individual who cannot provide a compelling rationale for at least one year of additional mentored career development at the time of award is not a strong candidate for this award. If an applicant achieves independence (any faculty or non-mentored research position) before a K99 award is made, neither the K99, nor the R00 award, will be made.

    MOSAIC K99/R00 Applicant Eligibility

    Candidates for the K99/R00 award must have a clinical or research doctorate (including PhD, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DMD, DVM, ScD, DNS, PharmD or equivalent doctoral degrees). Clinicians (including those with MD, DDS, DVM and other licensed health professionals) in a clinical faculty position that denotes independence in clinical responsibilities but not in research may also be eligible for the K99/R00 award.

    By the time of award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551, or other legal verification of such status). K99/R00 applicants must have no more than 4 years of postdoctoral research experience as of the relevant application due date regardless of whether it is a New or Resubmission application. Individuals must be in mentored, postdoctoral training positions to be eligible to apply to the K99/R00 program. If an applicant achieves independence (i.e., any faculty or non-mentored research position) before a K99 award is made, neither the K99 award, nor the R00 award, will be issued.

    Consistent with the NIH Extension Policy for Early Stage Investigator Status (ESI), NIH will approve an extension of one year for childbirth within the 4-year K99 eligibility window. Applicants who will be PD/PIs on a K99 application must provide the child’s date of birth in the extension request justification submitted to IC program officials and/or scientific/research contacts listed in the FOA at least 12 weeks before submitting an application.

    Parental, medical, or other well-justified leave for personal or family situations is not included in the 4-year eligibility limit, nor is clinical training with no research involvement (e.g., full-time residency training). Part-time postdoctoral research training, related to personal or family situations or occurring during a research residency or fellowship, will be pro-rated accordingly. In addition, time spent conducting postgraduate clinical training that does not involve research is not considered as part of the 4-year research training eligibility limit. Only time dedicated to research activities counts toward the 4-year limit. Please refer to the NIH Extension Policy for Eligibility Window for Pathway to Independence Awards (K99/R00).

    For more information about the MOSAIC UE5 and K99/R00 Programs, please read the FOAs, Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and contact Dr. Kenneth Gibbs or Dr. Kalynda Gonzales Stokes.

    For more information and to apply, visit their website here.

  • Pathway to Independent Award in Tobacco Regulatory Research (K99/ R00 – Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed) - Next Deadline: July 12, 2024

    The purpose of the Pathway to Independence Award in Tobacco Regulatory Research (K99/R00) is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented independent investigators conducting research that will inform the development and evaluation of regulations on tobacco product manufacturing, distribution, and marketing. This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers with a research and/or clinical doctorate degree from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions. This program will provide independent NIH research support during this transition in order to help awardees launch competitive, independent research careers.

    Research projects must address the research priorities related to the regulatory authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) as mandated by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA), Public Law 111-31.

    The awards under this FOA will be administered by NIH using funds made available through the CTP and the FSPTCA (P.L. 111-31).

    This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed specifically for candidates proposing research that does not involve leading an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or an ancillary study to a clinical trial. Applicants to this FOA are permitted to propose research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor. Those proposing a clinical trial or an ancillary clinical trial as lead investigator, should apply to the companion FOA (RFA-OD-22-026).

    For more information, visit: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-22-025.html

  • Pathway to Independent Award in Tobacco Regulatory Research (K99/ R00 – Independent Clinical Trial Required) - Next Deadline: July 12, 2024

    The purpose of the Pathway to Independence Award in Tobacco Regulatory Research (K99/R00) is to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented independent investigators conducting research that will inform the development and evaluation of regulations on tobacco product manufacturing, distribution, and marketing. This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers with a research and/or clinical doctorate degree from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions. This program will provide independent research support during this transition in order to help awardees launch competitive, independent research careers.

    Research projects must address the research priorities related to the regulatory authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) as mandated by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA), Public Law 111-31.

    The awards under this FOA will be administered by NIH using funds made available through the CTP and the FSPTCA (P.L. 111-31).

    This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed specifically for applicants proposing to serve as the lead investigator of an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or a separate ancillary study to an existing trial, as part of their research and career development. Applicants not planning an independent clinical trial, or proposing to gain research experience in a clinical trial led by another investigator, must apply to companion FOA (RFA-OD-22-025).

    For more information, visit: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-22-025.html

  • Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (AGS – PRF) - Proposals Accepted Anytime

    Supports postdoctoral researchers in performing work that will broaden their perspectives, facilitate interdisciplinary interactions, and help establish them in leadership positions within the atmospheric and geospace sciences communities.

    Synopsis

    The Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS), awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (PRF) to highly qualified early career investigators to carry out an independent research program. The research plan of each Fellowship must address scientific questions within the scope of AGS disciplines. These disciplines include Atmospheric Chemistry (ATC), Climate and Large-Scale Dynamics (CLD), Paleoclimate (PC), and Physical and Dynamic Meteorology (PDM) in the Atmospheric Sciences, and Aeronomy (AER), Magnetospheric Physics (MAG), Solar Terrestrial (ST), and Space Weather Research (SWR) in the Geospace Sciences.

    The AGS-PRF program supports researchers (also known as Fellows) for a period of up to 24 months with Fellowships that can be taken to the institution of their choice. The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential and provide them with experiences in research that will broaden perspectives, facilitate interdisciplinary interactions, and help establish them in leadership positions within the Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences community. Fellowships are awarded to individual Fellows, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.

    AGS has made it a priority to address challenges in creating an inclusive geoscience discipline through activities that increase belonging, accessibility, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BAJEDI). Proposers are encouraged to explicitly address this priority in their proposed activities. Proposers who are women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), or who have attended two-year colleges and minority-serving institutions for undergraduate or graduate school, or plan to conduct their Fellowship activities at one of these institutions (e.g. Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Alaska Native Serving Institutions, and Hawaiian Native and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions) are especially encouraged to apply.

    Program Notice: https://new.nsf.gov/funding/opportunities/atmospheric-geospace-sciences-postdoctoral


Temporary Research Opportunities

  • Postdoctoral Associate at UMass Chan Medical School - Open Until Filled

    The University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School

    • Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

    Job Description

    Postdoctoral Associate in Diabetes and Liver Disease Research at UMass Chan Medical School

    A postdoctoral associate position is available in the laboratory of Prof. Jason Kim, Program in Molecular Medicine, for a highly motivated candidate with a Ph.D. and/or M.D. to conduct NIH-funded research investigating the pathogenesis of metabolic liver disease and type 2 diabetes using physiologic, molecular, and cell-based approaches in transgenic mice.

    The ideal candidate should have a strong background in molecular and cell biology and immunology, as the newly funded project involves the use of primary Kupffer cells, hepatocytes, natural killer cells, T cells, and hepatic stellate cells in NASH mouse models and various in vitro systems using AAV and siRNA.

    The ideal candidate should demonstrate solid writing skills capable of drafting a manuscript, analytical skills with statistics and a basic understanding of bioinformatics, communication skills to work effectively with other lab members, and a positive personality to engage in team research.

    Building on the prior expertise in molecular and cell biology, the candidate will be trained in elegant in vivo metabolic and physiologic approaches to lead exciting and complex research projects aimed at determining the molecular mechanism of metabolic liver disease and identifying new signaling pathways in the liver.

    The candidate will also be trained in grant writing with the expectation to apply for postdoctoral grants during the 1st year and will be engaged in multiple collaborative projects with other leading diabetes investigators, establishing professional networks.

    Notably, the candidate must be fully committed to learning the investigative process, developing a strong hypothesis, carefully designing experiments with anticipated outcomes and pitfalls, and analyzing the scientific data with utmost rigor for high-impact presentations and publications.

    Strong publication history during graduate training, prior submission of predoctoral grant applications, and most enthusiastic letters from current and past mentors (minimum of 3 references) are highly encouraged.

    Qualifications: Education, experience, and skills required for consideration:

    • Ph.D. in molecular biology, cell biology, immunology, or related disciplines
    • M.D. and prior research experiences in molecular biology, cell biology, and immunology
    • Strong work ethic and motivation to apply skills toward solving biological problems of human diseases
    • Excellent analytical skills with statistics and independent judgment
    • Highly collegial and works well as a team member
    • Solid written and verbal communication skills
    • Desire to be trained in high-quality scientific research with the goal of becoming an independent investigator

    To Apply:

    Applicants should submit the following materials via email to Prof. Jason Kim at jason.kim@umassmed.edu: a cover letter describing the applicants research expertise, past and current projects, and training goals; a CV (including a complete list of publications), and contact information for three references, one of which should be a Ph.D. advisor or equivalent.

    Apply directly on the UMass website here.

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Quantitative Biosciences - Open Until Filled

    Job Description

    Be a part of the legacy: Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program

    Our Research Laboratories’ Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program aims to be a best-in-industry program for industrial postdoctoral researchers, designed to provide you with an academic focus in a commercial environment. With the resources, reach, and expertise of a large pharmaceutical company, postdoctoral researchers will be positioned to excel in an institution committed to breakthrough innovation in research and discovery.

    The Quantitative Biosciences department is looking for a passionate and talented Postdoctoral Researcher to join the in vivo Quantitative Biosciences team based in West Point, PA. Our company seeks to drive innovation and accelerate pre-clinical research and development by employing data and digital approaches. Towards this goal, the successful candidate will develop a bioinformatics workflow incorporating language and data mining, machine learning, as well as network analysis on existing literature and data to recommend the best in vivo vaccine research strategies. The successful candidate will validate the predictability of their analysis in an experimental pre-clinical mouse model of vaccine efficacy. The extent of bacterial infection protection and immune responses elicited will be characterized in this animal model, providing a unique opportunity to do both in silico and bench work (in vivo and in vitro laboratory research). This is a highly collaborative project working across different functional teams encompassing data science, bioinformatics, immunology, infectious disease, and vaccinology.

    our company’s Research Laboratories’ Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program aims to be a best-in-industry program for industrial postdoctoral researchers. We provide an academic focus in a commercial environment with the goal to publish. Postdoctoral researchers will have access to the resources, reach, and expertise of a large pharmaceutical company to conduct breakthrough and innovative research.

    Responsibilities:

    • Build novel natural language processing (NLP) and bioinformatics workflow, including network analysis, to guide and accelerate in vivo vaccinology research.
    • Evaluate and implement novel enabling technologies and methods as needed.
    • Directly test the application of your data science and machine learning products to real-world challenges using pre-clinical animal models of efficacy
    • Must be willing to perform in vivo studies and other related wet lab work.
    • Remain compliant with all company required trainings and safety regulations.
    • Ensure high quality data generation and proper documentation of experimental designs, protocols, and findings.
    • Work independently and collaboratively across multi-disciplinary teams
    • Drive project direction and publication strategy
    • Publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals, present at internal meetings and scientific conferences.

    Education Minimum:

    A PhD, with less than 2 years of prior postdoctoral experience, in bioinformatics or a similar discipline with relevant experience on natural language processing (NLP) models, information retrieval, semantic processing, and structured databases, knowledge graph or related techniques. Immunology or Biology background is highly preferred.

    Desired Experience and Skills:

    • Fluency in either Python programming, including regular expressions, version control and collaboration with git, standard packages (e.g., pandas, numpy, matplotlib), and at least one machine learning framework (e.g., pytorch, tensorflow, scikit-learn)
    • Proficiency with NLP libraries (e.g., Spacy, SemRep), text annotation tools, semantic frameworks (e.g. RDF triplestores, property graphs), linked data query languages (e.g., SPARQL), and/or biomedical ontologies (e.g., UMLS, EFO)
    • Experience with knowledge graphs and network analysis
    • Experience with Object-Oriented Programming
    • Working knowledge of statistical learning, such as supervised, unsupervised, and weakly supervised learning, particularly in NLP and network analysis contexts
    • Understanding of Biology and Immunology in the context of vaccinology research, and a strong interest in gaining additional hands-on in vivo and in vitro laboratory (“bench science”) experience to complement in silico work.
    • Basic bench science experience working in wet lab.
    • Hands on experience with in vitro assays (e.g., ELISAs, bacterial culture)
    • Work with animal models
    • Excellent communication, teamwork, leadership skills, including skills for scientific communication (authoring scientific articles and presenting)
    • Experience with omics datasets and analyses, such as pathway enrichment analysis and inference based on protein-protein interaction networks, a plus.

    US and Puerto Rico Residents Only:

    Our company is committed to inclusion, ensuring that candidates can engage in a hiring process that exhibits their true capabilities. Please click here if you need an accommodation during the application or hiring process.

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    We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

    U.S. Hybrid Work Model

    Effective September 5, 2023, our U.S. Hybrid work model will be as follows: 1. Three total days on site per week: Tuesday and Wednesday – plus one additional day of choice based on what works best for organizations and/or teams. 2. Fridays will formally be a remote-working day unless business critical tasks require onsite presence.

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    Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company.  No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

    Apply on their website here.


Job Opportunities

  • Director, Career Development - Office of Postdoctoral and Mentored Trainee Education at Emory University School of Medicine

    Reporting to the Director of the School of Medicine's (SOM) Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE), oversees a career services operation that provides extensive workshops, grant writing training, courses, and career opportunities events.

    JOB DESCRIPTION:

    • Provides leadership and manages strategic planning of events, courses, and networks supporting the careers of Postdoctoral Fellows.
    • Creates, manages, implements, and evaluates a comprehensive program tailored to career development needs and job placement of Postdoctoral Fellows with a PhD or MD, who are also involved in mentored biomedical scientific research.
    • Designs, implements, and directs the Postdoctoral Career Development activities such as workshops, career symposiums, and job fairs for Postdoctoral Fellows in the SOM.
    • Creates a database of speakers for Postdoctoral Career Development events, schedules and recruits for such activities, and markets and evaluates the success of the same.
    • Collaborates with SOM IT personnel to create and maintain active advertisement and information regarding career events on the OPE website, and opportunities for grant funding.
    • Collaborate with all Schools, offices, Graduate Programs, and other internal and external stakeholders to create and expand career opportunities and development events for Postdoctoral Fellows.
    • Monitors compliance of Postdoctoral Fellows on completion of required career progress benchmarks including registration in the Postdoctoral database, Individual Development Program plans, annual progress reports, and exit interviews.
    • Establishes and maintains Postdoctoral Alumni database to establish job networking opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellows using the Emory Alumni Association database, social networking, and exit interviews.
    • Performs related responsibilities as required.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

    • A PhD in a bioscience-related area and experience in a prior position in scientific research and/or graduate training.
    • A demonstrated understanding of biomedical science research within a university or college setting and evidence of managing, instructing, or motivating early career scientists is also required.
    • Experience with establishing new models of educational programs preferred.
    • Excellent oral and written skills required.

    NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location.  Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee. 

    For more information and to apply, visit Emory University Careers.


Grant Submission Resources & Guidelines

All proposals submitted for external funding require the review and approval of the Sponsored Program Administration (SPA) for Vanderbilt University (VU) and the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) for Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). SPA and OSP are responsible for providing the official signature, electronic or physical, for all proposals submitted on behalf of VU and VUMC respectively. With very few exceptions faculty members/principal investigators, or their designee, are not authorized to sign or submit any form of a request for external funding that does not also include SPA or OSP’s official approval since awards are made to the institution and not the individual.

Direct-to-individual funding mechanisms (such as NSF postdoctoral fellowships), while not submitted through SPA or OSP, require VU or VUMC to be notified of the submission. The link to submit such a notification is provided below.

Before beginning the grant writing process, postdocs should consult with the relevant departmental/program administrator to determine if their current funding source enables effort to be expended on writing and preparing grant applications. Postdocs funded 100% on a federal research grant cannot devote effort to grant writing and should work with their faculty mentor to determine if alternative funds are available during the proposal preparation period to support a percentage of their effort.

Please submit the Fellowship/Grant Submission Form before the application is submitted to the funding agency.

In preparing your grant application please note:

  • A postdoc may serve as the principal investigator (PI) of a grant, upon written approval of the faculty mentor and the department chair (VUMC) or the relevant dean (VU). There should be clear evidence that the postdoc has the experience and expertise to function as PI and manage the responsibilities to direct the proposed research program, direct the budgeted personnel, manage the budget, and ensure that the research is carried in compliance with all applicable University rules and regulations as well as those of the sponsoring agency.
  • A postdoc may serve as a co-PI without prior approval, as long as another Vanderbilt faculty member (typically their mentor) is the PI.  Should a postdoc leave the University, any awarded grant funds would remain at Vanderbilt unless otherwise negotiated between the PI, co-PI and funding agency.
  • If an externally funded program requires that a postdoc be listed as a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI, no specific approval is required. SPA or OSP notification of the submission is required.