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Funding and Job 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 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 opportunities, ordered closest to deadline date:

The Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core

The Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core announces a new round of Community Scholars Awards for the 2021-2022 school year. Applications are due by midnight on Friday, April 23, 2021. Applicants must send an email of intent to apply prior to submission. Please read all of these guidelines.

The Community Scholars Award provides support for two graduate or postgraduate trainees to perform a community-engaged research project collaboratively with a community-based organization during the academic school year. Scholars will also participate in the MV Community Engaged Research Core, which supports the development of community-engaged and community-based research as well as fosters and supports relationships between community and academic partners.

The goal of the program is for Scholars to create a partnership with a community-based organization and conduct a mutually beneficial, community engaged research project together. Scholars in the program will also build the capacity to use the methods and principles of community-engaged research; to understand determinants of community health; and to build the capacity of communities, health agencies, and academic centers to function as equal partners in research and education. 

At the end of a Scholar’s participation with the Program, they will be able to: 

  • Develop an understanding of community health determinants through participation in organized service to meet the needs of communities
  • Apply the principles of community engagement in their research partnerships
  • Demonstrate the methods or results of service learning through participation as a co-facilitator or co-preceptor of courses, field practice, continuing education workshops, or presentation of research findings at local or national meetings

Award: Each Scholar will receive a scholarship of $5,000 to integrate community-engaged research principles and approaches into their studies, and participate in a community-engaged research project. These awards will be used to cover travel, books and other educational resources, and pilot funding for research. In addition, a modest stipend ($1000) will be provided to the community partner working with the Community Scholar. 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES 

Awards are granted through a competitive review process. To be considered for an award, applicants should submit a concise proposal that includes the following: 

  1. Cover letter (optional)
  2. Research proposal

    • Formatting: Please complete the following sections in up to 3 pages, single-spaced, with 12-point font and 1-inch margins. The following sections are required as part of the proposal:

    • Description of past and current research and/or community engagement activities, as well as your overall research interest and how it relates to community-engaged work.
    • Description of motivation to become involved in community-engaged research.
    • Description of the proposed project:
      • Research question: What problem or issue do you want to address?
      • Background & significance: What has been done so far in this area? Why is this issue or research topic important? What is the importance and relevance of the issue or question you are interested in addressing?
      • Project plan, including research methods, data collection (what will be collected and how), and data analysis methodology.
      • Description of the anticipated outcomes and products of the proposed activity.
      • Description of how you plan to disseminate your findings.
      • Discuss the potential impact of this research to further your professional and/or research goals and ways in which this proposed work can benefit the community partner/organization and broader society.
      • Description of the outcomes and products you intend to get from your research and community partnership experience.
  3. Curriculum vitae

  4. A letter of recommendation from your mentor

  5. A letter of support from the partnering community organization

Current Visa or U.S. citizenship required. Applications are due by midnight on Friday, April 23, 2021. Applicants must send an email of intent to apply prior to submission to Lexie.Lipham@vumc.orgSubmit your application here.

For additional information, please contact Lexie Lipham or visit our website.

Applications due May 6, 2021

These instructions are for VU investigators. VUMC investigators should visit the OOR funding opportunity site.

Vanderbilt University may submit 2 applications for the Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) Young Investigator Grants. The mission of the BCA is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure. To encourage a commitment to breast cancer research, the BCA invites clinical doctors and research scientists (including postdocs) whose primary focus is breast cancer research and who are in the early stages of their career, to apply for the Young Investigator Grant. This two-year, $125,000 grant is intended to help advance the careers of young researchers in breast cancer who do not yet have their own major grant support. Administrative costs, which are included in the $125,000 award, must be limited to 8% of grant funds.

 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant must not have held a tenure-track faculty position for more than four years as of March 1, 2022;
  • Applicant must not have been a principal investigator on an NIH R01 or equivalent national/international non-mentored award;
  • Applicant must dedicate at least 50% of their work effort to research;
  • Research project must be directly related to the field of breast cancer. Areas of relevant research may include but are not limited to: diagnosis, etiology, immunology, genetics, therapies, prevention and clinical studies. 
  • Current postdoctoral fellows who do not yet hold a faculty position are eligible to apply, provided they meet all the other stated criteria for Young Investigators

Note: If you have already submitted an LOI for an Exceptional Project Grant but were not asked to submit a full proposal, you are ineligible to submit the same proposal for Young Investigator Grants.

Internal Application Instructions

Interested faculty should visit https://vanderbilt.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1840470 to apply for the internal LSO competition and to find additional information about the opportunity.  The deadline for the internal competition is May 6, 2021. 

Any questions about this opportunity may be directed to VU-LSO@vanderbilt.edu.

These instructions are for VUMC investigators. VU investigators should apply through InfoReady and address any questions to VU-LSO@vanderbilt.edu.

VUMC may submit 2 applications for the Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) Young Investigator Grants. The mission of the BCA is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure. To encourage a commitment to breast cancer research, the BCA invites clinical doctors and research scientists (including postdocs) whose primary focus is breast cancer research and who are in the early stages of their career, to apply for the Young Investigator Grant. This two-year, $125,000 grant is intended to help advance the careers of young researchers in breast cancer who do not yet have their own major grant support. Administrative costs, which are included in the $125,000 award, must be limited to 8% of grant funds.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant must not have held a tenure-track faculty position for more than four years as of March 1, 2022;
  • Applicant must not have been a principal investigator on an NIH R01 or equivalent national/international non-mentored award;
  • Applicant must dedicate at least 50% of their work effort to research;
  • Research project must be directly related to the field of breast cancer. Areas of relevant research may include but are not limited to: diagnosis, etiology, immunology, genetics, therapies, prevention and clinical studies. 
  • Current postdoctoral fellows who do not yet hold a faculty position are eligible to apply, provided they meet all the other stated criteria for Young Investigators

Note: If you have already submitted an LOI for an Exceptional Project Grant but were not asked to submit a full proposal, you are ineligible to submit the same proposal for Young Investigator Grant.

Internal Application Process:

Anyone interested in being considered as one of VUMC’s nominees must submit the following (in a single PDF) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu by 5 p.m. on May 6:

  1. Brief (2 page maximum) research plan including summary budget
    1. Research plan should include project title and hypothesis, research aim(s) and methods, and brief discussion of the project’s potential impact.
  2. Statement of support from department chair/center director
  3. Biosketch in current NIH format

Please combine your materials into a single PDF and reference the program name in the subject line of the email. Any questions may be directed to LSO@vanderbilt.edu

The Computing Research Association (CRA) and the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) are pleased to announce a new Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) cohort for 2021. As before, this program seeks to aid recent and soon-to-be PhD computing graduates whose job search was hampered by the continued disruption COVID-19 has had on academic job hiring practices and the economy.

The goal of this program is to create career growth opportunities by fostering the skills and talents of CIFellows to support maintaining the computing research pipeline. Computing research is defined as any area included under the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computing and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate. This effort takes inspiration from CRA/CCC’s NSF-funded Computing Innovation Fellows Programs with cohorts starting 2009, 2010, and 2011 and CRA’s Best Practices Memo on Computer Science Postdocs and the Computing Innovation Fellows 2020 Project.

With funding by the National Science Foundation, the CIFellows 2021 program will offer two-year postdoctoral opportunities in computing, with cohort activities to support career development and community building.

We encourage community members to use their networks to find potential matches. To help with this process, we have created an Opportunity Board for the CIFellows 2021 application cycle.

Application Guidelines:

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Research Proposal – A 1-page statement of research objectives/goals for the duration of the two year CIFellowship, including Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts as defined in the NSF PAPPG. Broader Impacts might include addressing the changing world due to COVID-19, broadening participation, and/or pedagogical considerations. References may be included on a second page.
  • Fellowship Plan – A 1-page statement that describes the research skills and experiences the candidate plans to gain during the CIFellowship and how these will advance their career objectives.  These might include, e.g., authoring a research proposal; improving technical presentation techniques; conference attendance; managing and motivating a (student) research team; or teaching. This plan should be written in collaboration with the proposed Mentor. It should explain how the CIFellow and Mentor will work together to achieve what is planned, particularly if not co-located.
  • Mentoring Plan – A 1-page document, written in conjunction with the CIFellow, that outlines how the Mentor will work with the CIFellow to achieve their goals. We encourage the CIFellow and the Mentor to consider the following strategies, based on best practices, when developing the Mentoring Plan:
    • CIFellow and Mentor create a formal Individualized Development Plan (IDP) at the beginning of the CIFellowship period (Fuhrmann et al., 2011).
    • CIFellow and Mentor meet regularly (at least quarterly) to discuss progress towards the IDP and make appropriate adjustments.
    • CIFellow has the opportunity to supervise or co-supervise other students.
    • CIFellow is guided to developing their own research agenda, including proposal writing.
    • CIFellow is encouraged to network with new research communities, as defined by CIFellow and Mentor.
  • Academic CV, two pages maximum.
  • Letter of recommendation from current research supervisor.
  • Additional letter of recommendation.
  • Letter of support from proposed Mentor – This letter must indicate a lack of funding for support of the applicant and complement the Fellowship Plan.
  • Application information checklist – items will include diversity information; the PhD (university, advisor, date of defense); current professional information (university, current position, advisor); and CIFellowship information (Mentor name, host institution, location where CIFellow will live and work during the Fellowship, proposal title and preferred start date).

Applicants may apply twice, with two different Mentors. Each application should be separate. One award per applicant and one award per Mentor will be awarded.

For more information or to apply, please visit the website: https://cifellows2021.org/

The Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants are $150,000 research grants given annually to support promising researchers who are applying disruptive concepts and inventive processes to advance human immunology, vaccine discovery and immunotherapy research for major global diseases.

The 2021 Michelson Prizes will be looking for research proposals in two areas:

  • Human Immunology and Vaccine Research: The committee will be looking for research aimed at tackling the current roadblocks that exist in human vaccine development and expanding our limited understanding of key immune processes that are fundamental to successful vaccine and immunotherapy development.
  • Climate Change and Human Immunology: Climate change has a profound effect on human health; pollution and other environmental stressors related to climate change increase susceptibility to disease, especially in vulnerable populations. Harnessing the immune system will be critical to  mitigate negative health impacts. The committee is looking for research that expands our understanding of the potential effects of climate change on immune function with a particular interest in research that will directly translate into vaccine and immunotherapy development to mitigate its impact.

For both prizes, the committee will be looking for research that is highly innovative and impactful, with the potential to be applied across many diseases.

While the Michelson Prizes are focused on research in the fields of immunology, vaccine, and immunotherapy discovery, applicants from the full spectrum of related disciplines, including clinical research, biochemistry, molecular biology, protein engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence/machine learning, biophysics, nanotechnology, environmental health, etc., are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility And Selection Process

Applicants must be 35 or younger at the time of pre-application submission. Early career independent investigators, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows (including residents and interns), and other researchers currently in training positions are eligible for these awards. Eligible applicants must be employed by, or affiliated with, an eligible organization. Examples of eligible organizations include academia, biotechnology companies, foundations, government and non-governmental organizations, and research institutes.

Applications for the 2021 Michelson Prizes will be accepted from April 1, 2021 — June 18, 2021. For more information on the 2021 Michelson Prizes, please see this detailed PDF of the program structure.  And to learn about previous years’ winners, please visit www.humanvaccinesproject.org/michelsonprizes.

To apply, visit the webpage: https://www.michelsonmedicalresearch.org/news/michelson-prizes-invites-applications-for-research-grants-in-human-immunology

Citizenship and location of host institution

Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada and foreign citizens are eligible to apply, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution.
  • Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a foreign university may only hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at a Canadian institution.
  • Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who obtained their PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree from a Canadian university may hold their Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at either a Canadian institution or an institution outside of Canada.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is designed to support world-class postdoctoral researchers. The fellowship provides $70,000 per year for two years. The program is open to both Canadian and international researchers who have recently completed a PhD, PhD- equivalent, or health professional degree. Applications must be completed in full collaboration with the proposed host institution.

The 2021-22 competition was launched in April 2021 and the application deadline is September 22, 2021 (20:00 EDT). Please note that institutions may have internal deadlines.

For more information or to apply, please visit the website: https://banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca/en/news-nouv_2021-22.html

Should you have any questions, please feel free to email: banting@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

 

external job opportunities

Program Manager, Office of Research

Job Description: The Program Manager position provides support for biomedical science programs that impact the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) academic research enterprise. As part of the Scientific Program Office team, the Program Manager advances the strategic directions and activities of the Executive Vice President for Research. The position involves collaboration across academic units of VUMC, and with the Vanderbilt University (VU) Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the VU Dean of Basic Sciences office on matters of shared research interest.

High-level responsibilities of this position support the Office of Research’s broad portfolio of research-enabling activities. These include managing internal funding programs; coordinating the development and tracking of institutional research metrics; creating research-related content for Office of Research communications; providing central support for scientific shared research resources; and supporting special institutional projects and programs that advance biomedical research. Frequent interaction with executive leadership, faculty, and administrators is expected. The Program Manager will operate under the guidance of the Senior Director and Scientific Program Officer and will grow to manage programs independently.

Basic Qualifications: This position requires an advanced degree in biomedical sciences or related fields, and 36 months of relevant experience in a research setting. Exceptional organizational, verbal and written communication skills are required.

Preferred Education, Skills and/or Experience:

  • Experience with data analysis/visualization and database management strongly preferred.
  • Experience with science communications, including professional website and social media account management, strongly preferred.
  • Experience with research project management and grant-writing strongly preferred.
  • Experience with advanced analytical software tools is a plus.
  • Ph.D. in biomedical sciences or related fields is a plus.
  • The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate who is seeking experience in agency/foundation scientific program management and/or research policy and administration.

Expected Performances:

Facilitate centralized research activities and projects that advance VUMC’s strategic and scientific goals:

  • Coordinate the day-to-day aspects of strategic institutional projects and programs, including management of processes and budgets.
  • Facilitate the scientific oversight process and special programs for shared research resources.
  • Manage and advise on institutional research training initiatives, including physician-scientist and postdoctoral scholar programs.
  • Develop and implement public relations efforts and financial support for these initiatives as appropriate.
  • Organize and help lead meetings and events for project teams and research advisory groups.

Support the Academic Performance Metrics process:

  • Work closely with the Scientific Program Officer to review, collate, track, analyze and report data.
  • Support an increase in prestigious external recognitions, providing administrative and editorial support for development of competitive award nominations.
  • Advise on development of new metrics and data collection methods.

Draft, manage and update research-related content and correspondence:

  • Manage content for research-related websites, social media, and other publicly available resources.
  • Write and update grant-ready text for use by VUMC investigators in funding applications and progress reports.
  • Review and announce time-sensitive grant/award opportunities and breaking research developments.
  • Prepare technical presentations for senior research leadership.
  • Draft and edit letters of support.
  • Support proposal development/editing as needed.

Coordinate the announcement and selection processes for competitive funding opportunities, including grants programs from internal and external sponsors:

  • Maintain working knowledge of internal, federal, and non-federal funding programs.
  • Identify and advertise new research funding opportunities.
  • Maintain proposal databases and track application outcomes.
  • Administer internal selection processes by organizing faculty review panels.
  • Coordinate timelines and review processes with internal partners including VUMC Development and the VU Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

Click to apply on the VUMC HR website.

The School of Neuroscience at Virginia Tech (www.neuroscience.vt.edu) seeks applicants for an Open-Rank Collegiate Faculty position on its main campus in Blacksburg, VA.

A bold and innovative initiative, the Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience was launched six years ago to globally recruit outstanding students interested in obtaining a degree in Neuroscience. Virginia Tech has rapidly become a destination university for the nation’s best students interested in the discipline, having grown to over 800 undergraduate students today. Our Neuroscience Ph.D. program, approved in 2020, will launch in Fall 2021. The School offers a unique interdisciplinary curriculum spanning multiple disciplines and colleges. The broad curriculum offers traditional courses in Cellular and Molecular, Cognitive, and Experimental Neuroscience; advanced disciplinary courses including Neuroimmunology, Neurogenetics, Computational Neuroscience, and Neuroendocrinology; and innovative electives courses such as Language and Communication Disorders, Clinical Neuroscience, Neuroeconomics, Neuroscience and Society, and Artificial Intelligence.

The Collegiate Faculty track is a non-tenure track with ranks at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Collegiate Professor levels. This rank offers a clear path to promotion with increasingly longer contracts and promotion criteria clearly defined by the School of Neuroscience, College of Science, and university guidelines. Collegiate faculty participate in all four missions of the School: education, scholarship, service, and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The successful collegiate faculty candidate will have a primary commitment to the School’s instructional mission. The focus is on the delivery of undergraduate education with the potential to contribute to graduate education. A substantial portion of this position will be dedicated to the delivery of core courses in the School’s undergraduate curriculum, including courses such as Introduction to Neuroscience, Cell and Molecular Neuroscience, and Diseases of the Nervous System, as well as the opportunity to develop unique courses based on the applicant’s specific areas of expertise. Scholarship will include producing pedagogical innovations, scholarship of teaching and learning, or disciplinary research independently or as part of an existing research team at Virginia Tech.

Applicants for this position must have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Cellular and Molecular Biology, or a related field and experience teaching in higher education, preferably at the undergraduate level. The search committee will consider applicants across career stages and the rank of the successful candidate will be commensurate with experience.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Cellular and Molecular Biology, or a closely related field;
  • Postdoctoral experience;
  • Record of significant research accomplishments, e.g., publications;
  • Record of independent teaching and course management.
  • Ability to contribute to the School of Neuroscience’s teaching mission, at both undergraduate and graduate levels;

Preferred Qualifications

  • A record of scholarly accomplishment in the area of pedagogy related to Neuroscience;
  • Experience teaching introductory level courses in neuroscience;
  • Experience teaching large classes.

Appointment Type

Regular

Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Additional Information

  • Candidates should submit a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Teaching Statement, Diversity Statement, and Reference List.
  • The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check
  • Advertised: February 12, 2021
  • Review date: 3/1/2021
  • Applications close: Open until filled

For more information and to apply: https://careers.pageuppeople.com/968/cw/en-us/job/515175/collegiate-faculty-open-rank

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:

The Institute is looking for exceptionally bright and motivated individuals with an established record of high-quality research, and a strong commitment to teaching, for faculty positions in its various academic departments and centres spanning various branches of science and engineering. The Institute invites applications from citizens of India as well as other nationalities. IISc strongly encourages diversity among its faculty.

The Institute is delighted to hold an  online interactive session with prospective faculty candidates keen on knowing more about faculty opportunities at IISc in all areas of science and engineering. This is scheduled on 19th and 20th November.

More details are available at : https://yrm.iisc.ac.in/

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