KEY DETAILS This award supports the post doctoral career development of individuals preparing to engage in research that will bridge the gap between experimental and computational approaches in biomedical studies.
Application deadline: September 1, 2019 @ 11:59 PM EDT.
Eligibility: Applicants (U.S. and non-U.S. citizens) must have a firm commitment from a sponsor/mentor at an accredited U.S. university or research institution. The sponsor/mentor of the post doctoral program must describe how the multidisciplinary goals of the proposed work will be accommodated and provide assurance that key collaborating mentors endorse and are willing to support the proposed research. Applicants must 1) hold a PhD in a field of study logically or functionally related to the proposed post doctoral activities or 2) expect to receive the PhD before activating the award.
Funding: $50,000 per year for up to two years.
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BACKGROUND INFORMATION The goal of the Informatics Post Doctoral Fellowships 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 relevant areas, for example:
- Genetics / Genomics
- Proteomics / Metabolomics
- Molecular Systems Biology
- Medical (human) Pathways and Networks
- Genomics Molecular Epidemiology
- Pharmaco- Integrative Biology / Pharmaco-genomics
- Population Modeling and Simulation
- Novel approaches to the analysis of biomedical Big Data
- 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 biomedical studies.
Eligibility & Requirements
- Applicants (U.S. and non-U.S. citizens) must have a firm commitment from a sponsor/mentor at an accredited U.S. university or research institution.
- The sponsor/mentor of the post doctoral program must describe how the multidisciplinary goals of the research training program will be accommodated and provide assurance that key collaborating mentors endorse and are willing to support the proposed research.
- 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.
- The award is made to the U.S. university or research institution on behalf of the fellow.
- The fellowship provides a stipend of $50,000 a year payable quarterly.
- Awards may be activated beginning January 1, 2020 or on the first day of any month thereafter, up to and including December 1, 2020.
- This award is intended solely as a stipend and may not be used otherwise. If necessary the mentor or the university/institution may supplement the award to a level that is consistent with other post doctoral 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 future 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 and any associated education, and training in the selected discipline. Please include separate, labelled paragraphs that specifically address 1) the novelty of the proposed research and 2) the plans 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 background, significance, and methods of approach, as well as a bibliography of major references (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 should be available to ensure training in the techniques and principles of the area.
Research Abstract Submit a titled abstract of approximately 200 words describing your proposed research plan.
Transcripts 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 September 15th. Without these transcripts, the application will be considered incomplete. Do not upload secure PDFs, as our reviewers will be unable to open the attachments.
Budget List any other funding this project necessitates and will receive. Note again that the PhRMA Foundation award can not be used for anything other than post doctoral stipend.
Reprints Copies of relevant articles published by the applicant should be uploaded to the application.
Reference Information Applicant should upload contact information for each reference (address, email and telephone). The system will auto generate an email asking her/him to provide a letter of recommendation.
- Department Chair Information Applicant should upload contact information for the head of the administrative unit in which the applicant reports, e.g. department chair, program director, center director, institute director, etc. His/her reference letter should include an assessment of the applicant and proposed research as well as confirming the department is responsible for the training in this discipline.
- Mentor’s Information The mentor should provide contact information, a biosketch, and a letter of recommendation. The letter should include an assessment of the candidate and proposed research. Information on the applicant’s current source of support and any pending applications for additional stipend should also be provided. If none are pending, please state this.
- Three Other Individuals Familiar with Your Scientific Career
All departments in which the candidate will train should be documented via letters from chairs or mentors in these departments, or from appropriate personnel if the proposal includes an experimental rotation in an industrial research laboratory.
Letters and third-party materials should not be uploaded by the applicant. These references 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 15th.
* Submission of this plan is assurance that the research proposal has been written primarily by the applicant.
Based on our policy, we do not provide written review.
Note: 2020 Applications will be accepted July 15 – September 1, 2019 @ 11:59 PM EDT.