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Funding and Job Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

  • A list of Vanderbilt University upcoming limited submission opportunities can be found at
  • A list of Vanderbilt University Medical Center upcoming limited submission opportunities can be found at
  • 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 again 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.

Current funding opportunities, ordered closest to deadline date:

The MOSAIC program is designed to facilitate the transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds into independent, research-intensive faculty careers. The program has two components: a postdoctoral career transition award to promote diversity (K99/R00), and a cohort-based mentoring and career development program that supports the scholars (UE5). The MOSAIC K99/R00 program supports early career scientists with demonstrated and compelling commitments and contributions to enhancing diversity in the biomedical sciences. MOSAIC scholars come from diverse scientific backgrounds, and 75% are from racial/ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Please note, the MOSAIC K99/R00 award is limited to US Citizens and Permanent Residents. In addition, MOSAIC scholars become members of scientific cohorts and participate in mentoring, networking, and professional development activities coordinated by MOSAIC UE5 awardees:  The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), or The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). You can read more about the MOSAIC program and find log in information in a recent post on the NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog, as well as answers see answers to Frequently Asked Questions. More information is available here.

A year of research training in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC) can be foundational for a career in global health research. The application portal is now open for the Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke (VECD) Fogarty Global Health Fellowship (Twitter: @VECDFellows) 2022-2023 cohort. This outstanding program offers a year abroad opportunity for US and LMIC postdocs and US doctoral students to develop research skills in a global health setting. The entire spectrum of science is possible and relevant in LMIC settings, including basic, clinical, translational, population, and implementation science. The application deadline is November 1, 2021. 

“The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) awards Postdoctoral Fellowships to recent recipients of doctoral degrees to conduct an integrated program of independent research and professional development.”

Proposals are due November 03, 2021.

The program solicitation can be found here.

“The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) offers postdoctoral research fellowships (PRF) to provide opportunities for scientists early in their careers to work within and across traditional disciplinary lines, develop partnerships, and avail themselves of unique research resources, sites and facilities”

Proposals are due November 12, 2021.

The program solicitation can be found here.

The National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports 25 early career scholars working in critical areas of education research. These $70,000 fellowships support non-residential postdoctoral proposals that make significant scholarly contributions to the field of education. The program also develops the careers of its recipients through professional development activities involving National Academy of Education members. More information is available here.

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) application cycle will open on Wednesday, September 1 and close on Thursday, November 18. Awardees can receive up to $100,000 of qualified educational debt repayment with a two-year contract. The LRP has created videos to guide awardees through the application process. More information is available here.

Sponsor: Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Program: Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program

Application Deadline is Dec. 1, 2021


The program application is open to individuals who:

  • are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. This includes, but is not limited to, women of any ethnic or racial group as well as any individual identifying as Hispanic, Black, Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander, or American Indian / Alaska Native.
  • are basic science researchers and physician-scientists in the biomedical and life science disciplines.
  • hold a PhD and/or MD (or equivalent), which must be conferred by the start of the grant term.
  • U.S. citizens must have a degree from a research institution in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) or an international research institution.
  • Non-U.S. citizens and applicants with other nationalities must have a degree from a research institution in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico).
  • have been accepted to join a laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher at a research institution located in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) at the time of the application due date.
  • PhD applicants can have no more than 27 months of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application due date.
    • The date or anticipated date of conferral of the doctoral degree must be on or after September 1, 2019, and before January 17, 2023.
    • MD or MD/PhD applicants in residency, clinical fellowship, or postdoctoral training can have no more than 27 months of postdoctoral training by December 1, 2021.

Postdoctoral Training Phase

Fellows will receive annual support of a $70,000 salary for the initial year and a $20,000 expense allowance, paid through a non-renewable grant to the training institution. This phase of the award is for a minimum of two and maximum of four years.

Faculty Phase

Fellows will receive $250,000 in research funding and a $20,000 expense allowance per year, paid through a non-renewable grant to the institution where they have attained a faculty position. This phase of the award has a maximum length of four years.

“The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology. For applications under this solicitation, these areas are (1) Broadening Participation of Groups Underrepresented in Biology, (2) Integrative Research Investigating the Rules of Life Governing Interactions Between Genomes, Environment and Phenotypes, and (3) Plant Genome Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.”

Proposals are due December 06, 2021.

The program solicitation can be found here.

Through its program of fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. More information is available here.

“The purpose of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (MPS-Ascend) program is to support postdoctoral Fellows who will broaden the participation of groups that are underrepresented in MPS fields in the U.S. including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Native Pacific Islanders as future leaders in MPS fields. The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential and provide them with experience in research that will broaden perspectives, facilitate interdisciplinary interactions and help to broaden participation within MPS fields.”

Proposals are due January 06, 2022.

The program solicitation can be found here.

The purpose of the NINDS Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00) program is to support a cohort of new and talented, independent investigators from diverse backgrounds (e.g. see NOT-OD-20-031, Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity) conducting AD/ADRD research. The program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of eligible postdoctoral researchers from their mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions. The program will provide independent NIH research support during this transition in order to help awardees establish independent research programs in the AD/ADRD field.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed specifically for applicants 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 experiences in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor.

For more information and to apply click here.

NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K22 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): Standard dates apply. All applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on the listed date(s). Applications are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

For more information and to apply click here.

NCI Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K22 Clinical Trial Required)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): Standard dates apply. All applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on the listed date(s). Applications are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

For more information and to apply click here.


Job Opportunities

Open-rank, Tenure-Track Regular Title Series Faculty Positions, University of Kentucky’s Center for Health Equity Transformation

We are seeking Assistant, Associate, or Full Professors for tenure track, Regular Title Series, full time (12 month) positions in the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) in the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. We seek health equity researchers with a dynamic, productive research agenda that aims to eliminate inequities in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, substance use, or other health conditions. The Center for Health Equity Transformation is a transdisciplinary research center focused on developing the most innovative and impactful research and training portfolio. This position is part of a university-college-wide interdisciplinary cluster hire in health equity.

The ideal candidate will have NIH-funded research or a very strong promise of such funding; maintain a focus on rural, racial/ethnic, and other vulnerable populations; aspire to engage in research mentorship, and contribute to a vibrant environment of scholars from the behavioral sciences, public health, social sciences, communication, health services research, biomedical informatics, health sciences (nursing, medicine, nutrition, etc.), and others. Special emphasis is placed on intervention, dissemination, and implementation scientists. All career stages are welcome to apply on the UK Jobs website under requisition FE02693 at

The Assistant Director of Biomedical Graduate Programs will work collaboratively with other staff in the BRET office and the program directors to ensure that strong students are recruited and then supported at Vanderbilt.  The position will involve outreach to prospective students, facilitation of the interview and selection process, assistance with curriculum implementation and analysis of efficacy of recruitment process.  Additionally, the Assistant Director will co-direct the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy, which has overarching administrative responsibility for multiple undergraduate summer research programs and also provides intellectual and social enrichment activities for the participants.

The Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) supports and coordinates graduate education, postdoctoral training, minority affairs, career development and education initiatives for the Vanderbilt biomedical community.  The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program and the Quantitative and Chemical Biology Program within BRET are the two main umbrella graduate programs that recruit biomedical Ph.D. students to Vanderbilt.  These programs are responsible for organizing the first year of the graduate students’ education and training, which is achieved via a collaborative effort between the BRET office staff and Vanderbilt faculty

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Report to and work in close collaboration with the directors of the Vanderbilt Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) and the Quantitative and Chemical Biology Program (QCB).
    • Work closely with all members of the BRET staff. Coordinate bi-weekly standing meetings of the BRET director, program directors, program manager, and others as necessary.
    • Manage and coordinate admissions into the Vanderbilt Interdisciplinary Graduate Program and Quantitative and Chemical Biology Program. Act as a contributing member of both admissions committees.
    • Manage IGP and QCB recruiting weekends and organize overall applicant schedule and interview schedules in collaboration with program manager.
    • Communicate with other graduate programs in the case of students who may be cross-applying or have suitability for other programs.
    • Maintain outcomes analysis of recruiting and conduct surveys of applicants and participants as necessary to evaluate recruitment strategies to our programs.
    • Participate in graduate student recruiting events, including on campus and off campus events, diversity-focused events, online-virtual events, and personal communication with candidates. This may require travel.
    • Direct marketing and outreach for the IGP and QCB to optimize quality of incoming class.
    •  Sit on the curriculum committee of the QCB. Facilitate communications with instructors.
    • Assist with managing QCB courses in Brightspace.
    • Flexibility with other duties that accompany the evolving nature of these programs.
    • Co-Direct the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA), undergraduate research program
    • Aid in the application, selection, appointment, and laboratory placement of students participating in the VSSA.
    • Develop and manage the programming of VSSA activities, including orientation, a research seminar series, professional development series, social activities, and large (150 participant) student research symposium.
    • Manage VSSA budget and event planning.
    • Mentor and advise VSSA students for their individual career goals.


  • A PhD in a STEM field is necessary.
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is necessary.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) are necessary.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with different stakeholders is necessary.
  • The willingness and ability to represent Vanderbilt through participation in national student research symposia in a professional and positive manner is necessary.
  • Availability and willingness to work non-standard hours, especially during recruitment activities, is necessary.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information is necessary.
  • Evidence of strong organizational skills is preferred.

Learn more and apply here.

LS-PAC MODELS Center is an NSF-funded Louis Stokes Regional Center of Excellence housed at LSU and supervised by Dr. Isiah Warner, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry. The mission of the Center is to increase diversity in academic jobs by offering mentoring, professional development, and career networking opportunities for historically underrepresented students, postdocs, and early-career faculty (African-American/Black, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic/Latino) in STEM field who are interested in pursuing academic careers.

A major goal of the Center is to serve as a hub for colleges and universities that are looking to hire diverse candidates for academic positions.

For more information, visit LS-PAC MODELS to find out how to become a scholar.

SPA provides knowledge-based solutions integrating technical, operational, programmatic, policy, and business solutions in support of important national security objectives.

For nearly 50 years, we have informed decisions that had strategic and lasting impacts on national security. Our clients entrust us with their critical missions. Every day our employees work to serve our Nation and we work to serve our employees. Every mission is personal to us. We foster continued growth by providing diverse experiences and encouraging employees to perfect their skills through training. This focus ensures SPA’s leaders of tomorrow can continue to renew the commitment we made to our very first client, and all our clients, adapting to support their evolving needs, while always adhering to our core values.

Opportunities for Postdoctoral researchers

  • Biochemist: proven expertise in biochemistry and analytical techniques such as mass spectrometry.

o    Description: Assist the research and development of biological weapon countermeasures. Provide research and analysis of assays and biomarkers. Development and verification of rapid, sensitive, and specific tests for the identification of biological weapons. Demonstrated research credentials in biochemistry

  • Biologist: Proven expertise in medical countermeasures (vaccines, therapeutics) and/or toxicology.

o    Description: Support research for threat agent science that provides rapid validated chemical and biological agent property and reactivity data; toxicological mechanisms to inform risk assessments, medical chemical countermeasures that deliver novel medical concepts and technologies to address current and emerging threats. Demonstrated research credentials in biological sciences

  • Chemist: Proven expertise in analytical chemistry or related analytical methods.

o    Description: Support research in proposed and existing counter and defeat improvised threat technologies for deployment in theater and science and technology efforts. Demonstrated research in chemistry and the use of analytic equipment and data analysis. Research in explosive chemistry is preferred.

  • Physicist: Proven expertise in high energy or nuclear physics, and research methods including detection systems, data collection, and data analytic techniques.

o    Description: Support research in proposed and existing counter and defeat improvised threat technologies for science and technology efforts. Demonstrated research in detection sciences – use of detectors, operations and evaluation of detector data, and use of data analytic techniques.

  • Physical Scientist: Proven expertise in physical science and the impact of radiation on the physical environment.

o    Description: Assist in model development, test, integration and transition of radiological and nuclear modeling tools. Examine WMD lethality and vulnerability models and integration with computational tools. Demonstrated research in the use of mathematical methods of computation, and the ability to modify existing codes in computational analysis

  • Physical Scientist: Proven expertise in plasma physics or nucleon related research

o    Description: Experience with research and experimentation in plasma physics and/or nucleon interaction. Demonstrated understanding of plasma states of matter, nuclear fission and fusion, and ionizing radiation resulting from fission and fusion.

  • Engineer or Solid State Physicist: Proven expertise in electricity and magnetism and/or circuit and system response.

o    Description: Provide assistance to the nuclear survivability of DoD systems and components. Assess technology development to produce radiation-tolerant, high-performance, high-reliability dual-use microelectronics and photonics. Review and evaluate hardening methodologies.

Additional qualifications:

  • DoD security clearance or ability to obtain a DoD Top Secret clearance.
  • US citizens.
  • Demonstrated ability to works as part of a team to solve problems.
  • Experience conducting analysis and communicating those results clearly to a broad audience.

Interested candidates should forward CV or contact:

There are upcoming teaching opportunities with Vanderbilt Summer Academy (on campus) and Mentor Immersion (virtual) in 2022. If you would like to talk further, please sign up to meet with Mark Shivers using the Calendy link below to schedule a Zoom call. If the available times do not work, please email Mark Shivers with a few days/times that would work for you.