Application Deadline: September 1, 2017 @ 11:59 PM EDT (Applications for 2018 will be accepted after July 1, 2017)
The goal of the Informatics program is to promote development and use of novel informatics in an integrative approach toward understanding normal processes of human biology and disease processes. Informatics awards support career development of scientists engaged in research that significantly integrates state-of-the-art information technology developed with advanced biological, chemical, and pharmacological sciences in the following areas:
- Genetics Proteomics
- Molecular Systems Biology
- Medical (human) Pathways and Networks
- Pharmaco- Integrative Biology
- Population Modeling and Simulation
- Novel approaches to the analysis of Big Data
Genomics Molecular Epidemiology
- To support the post doctoral career development of individuals preparing to engage in research that will bridge the gap between experimental and computational approaches in genomic and biomedical studies.
Eligibility & Requirements
- Applicants must have a firm commitment from a sponsor/mentor at an accredited U.S. university.
- The sponsor/mentor of the post doctoral program must describe how the multidisciplinary goals of the research training program will be accomplished, and provide assurance that key collaborating mentors endorse and are willing to support the training plan.
- Applicants must 1) hold a Ph.D. in a field of study logically or functionally related to the proposed post doctoral activities or 2) expect to receive the Ph.D. before activating the award.
- All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
- The award is made to the university on behalf of the fellow.
- The fellowship provides a stipend of $40,000 a year payable quarterly.
- Awards may be activated beginning January 1, 2018 or on the first day of any month thereafter, up to and including December 1, 2018.
- This award is intended solely as a stipend and may not be used otherwise. If necessary the institution may supplement the award to a level that is consistent with other postdoctoral fellowships it currently offers.
- The program provides no other subsidies (travel, tuition, fringe benefit costs, etc.)
- PhRMA foundation funds may not be used for indirect costs or fringe benefits.
- The second year of funding, if applicable, will be contingent upon a progress report approved by the Foundation and submission of a financial report.
- These funds are not transferable.
Post Doctoral Fellowship Application Checklist
Please make a copy of this list to reference during the application process, as incomplete applications will not be considered.
- General Registration Information
- Applicant CV or Biosketch
- Extended Letter
This letter is an opportunity to tell us who you are and to describe your career and future plans. Include a synopsis of your career, your professional interests, and your desired career path. The letter should not exceed two single-spaced pages (12-point font).
- Research Plan 
The applicant must prepare a comprehensive statement, not to exceed eight single-spaced pages (12-point font), of the plans for research, education, and training in the selected discipline. Please include separately, labelled paragraphs that specifically address 1) the novelty of the proposed research, and 2) opportunities to validate the results of the proposed research. Applicants should use a format similar to the format specified for grants submitted to the National Institutes of Health, including a description of the objective(s), the rationale, methods of approach, and a bibliography of major references (bibliographies are not included in the page limit). Preliminary results, if any, should also be included. A project timeline is suggested. The first use of any abbreviation or acronym should be preceded by the full name or description or included in a footnote. The Informatics Advisory Committee will review each application to assess the quality of the proposed research, as well as the proposed education and training. Therefore, documentation stating proper guidance and departmental support will be available to ensure training in the techniques and principles of the area is essential. The proposal must document the approval of all departments in which the candidate will train via letters from chairs or mentors in these departments, or from appropriate personnel if the proposal includes an experiential rotation in an industrial research laboratory.
- Research Abstract
Submit a titled abstract of approximately 200 words concerning your proposed research plan.
Unofficial copies of graduate transcripts should be scanned and uploaded along with the application. Arrange to have official hard copies sent to the PhRMA Foundation at 950 F Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20004 by the deadline.
Without these transcripts, the application will be considered incomplete. Do not upload secure PDFs, as our reviewers will be unable to open the attachments.
Provide a budget and list any other funding this project receives.
- Department Chair Information and Letter of Reference
The head of the administrative unit in which the applicant reports, e.g. department chair, program director, center director, institute director, etc. should provide contact information.
This reference letter should include an assessment of the applicant and proposed research. Please confirm that your department is responsible for the training in this discipline.
Information on the applicant’s current source of support and any pending applications for stipend support should be provided. If none are pending, please state this.
- Mentor’s Information and Letter of Reference
The mentor should provide contact information and a biosketch.
The reference letter should include an assessment of the candidate and proposed research.
- Information and Letters of Reference from Up to Three Other Individuals Familiar with Your Scientific Career
Copies of relevant articles published by the applicant should be uploaded to the application.
Letters and third-party materials should not be uploaded by the applicant. The application system will request contact information, including an email address, for your chair, thesis advisor, and additional reference. These individuals will receive a prompt from the system with instructions for uploading their document(s), which will be appended to the application. The deadline date for letters and third-party materials is September 15, 2017.
Based on our policy, we do not provide written reviews.
 Submission of this plan is assurance that the research proposal has been written primarily by the applicant.