KEY DETAILS This award provides stipend support for individuals engaged in a multidisciplinary research training program that will create or extend their credentials and provide new skills in pharmacology or toxicology.
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. The awards support candidates proposing to gain new skills in relevant areas. Funding is for up to two years, but not beyond the third year of the existing post doctorate. While all applications involving pharmacology/toxicology research will be considered, preference will be given to individuals sponsored by a unit with responsibility for pharmacology/toxicology training and research as part of its core mission. Applicants must hold a PhD or appropriate terminal research doctorate in a field related to the proposed postdoctoral activities or expect to receive such a degree before activating the award
Funding: $50,000 per year, for up to two years.
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BACKGROUND INFORMATION Pharmacology/toxicology awards support career development activities of scientists embarking on research that integrates information on molecular or cellular mechanisms of action with information on the effects of an agent observed in an intact organism, in experimental animal or clinical studies or both. Highest priority will be given to applicants whose research will attempt to integrate information on a drug or chemical’s mechanism of action at the molecular or cellular level with a drug’s effect in a human or laboratory animal. Applicants should describe the significance of a hypothesis being tested in the context of potential influences of biochemical, physiological, behavioral, or social systems. These awards intend to encourage training to apply the perspective of molecular, cell, and systems biology to pharmacology and toxicology research. Their scope includes basic drug action studies, detection of cellular responses to drugs at the gene level that create opportunities to optimize individualized drug therapy, and the corresponding evaluation of pharmaceuticals in human and clinical populations.
- To provide stipend support for individuals engaged in a multidisciplinary research training program that will create or extend their credentials in pharmacology or toxicology.
- To support postdoctoral career development activities that will result in achieving new skills in pharmacologically relevant areas.
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.
- The awards support candidates proposing to gain new skills in relevant areas. Funding is for up to two years, but not beyond the third year of the existing post doctorate. Applications requesting funds to continue an existing postdoctoral program for a third to fifth year will not be considered, nor will preference be given to those applying for funds to support postdoctoral work in the laboratory where their graduate work was performed.
- While all applications involving pharmacology/toxicology research will be considered, preference will be given to individuals sponsored by a unit with responsibility for pharmacology/toxicology training and research as part of its core mission. If the pharmacology/toxicology mission is not apparent of the sponsoring unit’s website, the sponsor letter must describe how the academic appointment will support the applicant’s career development in pharmacology/toxicology.
- Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or appropriate terminal research doctorate in a field related to the proposed postdoctoral activities or expect to receive such a degree before activating the award
- The award is made to the university on behalf of the fellow.
- The fellowship provides a stipend of $50,000 a year payable quarterly.
- $1,000 per year may be used for incidentals directly associated with the thesis research preparation (i.e. secretarial help, artwork, books, etc.).
- These funds are non-transferable.
- 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 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.
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 how your project specifically relates to pharmacology (*). We also want to know who you are. 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).
(*) Applicants who don’t address the correlation between his/her project and pharmacology will not be considered.
- 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. 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 Basic Pharmacology 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.
- 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 by 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 Provide a budget and list any other funding this project receives.
- Submit Department Chair Information They system will auto generate an email to him/her requesting: a. their contact information. b. Define the pharmacology/toxicology mission of the department. c. Provide information as to the mechanisms by which the department supports pharmacology/toxicology. d. Describe explicitly the support the department will provide to the student (e.g. funding, space, etc.). e. Provide a detailed training plan. f. Describe the education of the trainee in the discipline of pharmacology/toxicology. g. The reference letter should include an assessment of the applicant and proposed research. 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.
- Submit Mentor’s Information The system will auto-generate an email to him/her requesting: a. their contact information and a biosketch. b. Provide specific information as to the past education of the trainee in the discipline of pharmacology/toxicology. c. Provide a detailed training plan for the applicant. d. If the applicant does not have a formal background in pharmacology/toxicology, the sponsor must describe how they will obtain such training as a postdoctoral student (e.g. a class, part of a project with a pharmacologist, etc.). This mechanism of training of the applicant must be made clear. e. 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 Reprints 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 15th.
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.
Note: 2020 Applications will be accepted July 17 – September 1, 2019 @ 11:59 PM EDT.