KEY DETAILS This award assists individuals beginning independent research careers in informatics at the faculty level.
Application deadline: September 1, 2019 @ 11:59 PM EDT.
Eligibility: Applicants (U.S. and non-U.S. citizens) will be judged primarily on the scientific merit of the proposed research and secondarily on degree of financial need. Those holding academic rank of assistant professor (or research assistant professor) within a tenure (or research) track appointment at an accredited U.S. university or research institution, are eligible to apply for a Research Starter Grant, providing their proposed research is neither directly nor indirectly subsidized to any significant degree by an extramural support mechanism. A letter supporting the intended career path for the applicant is required from the Department or Division Chairman.
This program is not intended for those in postdoctoral training. However, individuals in postdoctoral training programs, who will hold an assistant (or research assistant) professor appointment at an accredited U.S. university or research institution by January 1, 2020 may apply.
Funding: $100,000 for one year.
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The goal of the Informatics Research Starter Grants program is to promote development and use of novel informatics methods/techniques in an integrative approach toward understanding normal processes of human biology and disease.
Informatics awards support career development of scientists engaged in research that significantly integrates state-of-the-art information technology with advanced biological, chemical, and pharmacological sciences in the following area, for examples:
Genetics / Genomics
Proteomics / Metabolomics
Molecular Systems Biology
Medical (human) Pathways and Networks
Genomics Molecular Epidemiology
Pharmaco- Integratie Biology / Pharmaco-genomics
Population Modeling and Simulation
Novel approaches to the analysis of biomedical Big Data
- To assist individuals beginning independent research careers in informatics at the faculty level.
Eligibility & Requirements
- Applicants (U.S. and non-U.S.) will be judged on the scientific merit of the proposed research and degree of financial need. This program is not offered to augment an ongoing research effort.
- Those holding academic rank of assistant professor (or research assistant professor) within a tenure track (or research track) appointment, i.e., not instructor, are eligible to apply for a Research Starter Grant. Exceptions require written support from the department chairman stating that receipt of this funding would promote the instructor into a regular tenure or research track appointment with the opportunity for promotion within the track.
- Applicant’s proposed research should neither be directly nor indirectly subsidized to any significant degree by an extramural support mechanism. Funds received from the Foundation can only be used to conduct the proposed research.
- This program is not intended for those in postdoctoral training. However, individuals in postdoctoral training programs scheduled to conclude by January 1, 2020, who will hold an academic appointment by that time, may apply.
- Applicants must be sponsored by the department or unit in which the proposed research is to be undertaken.
- Research projects that extend or develop the proprietary value of specific drug products will not be accepted. This exclusion does not preclude research in which specific drug products are used to test hypotheses that have general applicability.
- The grant provides funding of $100,000 for one year
- The grant is paid on a quarterly basis to the university/institution on behalf of the applicant, with the understanding that the university will administer the funds.
- The funds have limited restrictions – a characteristic of the program.
- The funds may not be used for salary support of the grantee.
- The funds may be used for the hourly wages of a technician; however the funds may not be used to provide fringe benefits or indirect costs for the technician
- $1,500 per year may be used for travel to professional meetings by the grantee.
- PhRMA Foundation funds may not be used for indirect costs or fringe benefits.
- These funds are not transferable.
Research Starter Grant Application Checklist Please make a copy of this list to reference during the application process, as incomplete applications will not be considered.
1. General Registration Information
2. Applicant CV or Biosketch
3. Extended Letter This letter is an opportunity to tell us who you are. Include a synopsis of your career to date, your professional interests, and your desired future career path. The letter should not exceed two single-spaced pages (12-point font).
4. Research Plan * 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 recommended. The first use of any abbreviation or acronym should be preceded by the full name or description or indicated in a footnote.
Clearly identify other principals involved as collaborators in the project, the amount of time they will commit, and the amount of time you will commit. List by titles the funded research projects of each collaborator, the portion of time committed, and the amount and source of funds for these projects. Identify the amount of intramural support available for the proposed project by budget categories and amounts. If the university/institution makes the services of a technician available to the candidate, note this. Identify the part of the proposal that will be directly initiated or expedited by the Foundation’s funds.
The Informatics Advisory Committee that reviews each application places considerable emphasis on the quality of the research proposal. In describing the research, it is essential to indicate that guidance and departmental support will be available to ensure proper training in the techniques and principles of the specified area.
5. Research Abstract Submit a titled abstract of approximately 200 words concerning the proposed research plan.
6. Budget (no specific format required) Submit a budget categorizing how grant funds will be used. List any other funding this project will receive, including startup funds for the applicant. Information on the applicant’s current source of support and any pending applications for support should be provided. If none are pending, please state this.
7. Reprints Submit copies of relevant articles you have published.
8. References 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.
Collaborator (if applicable) The collaborator should provide contact information, a biosketch, and a letter of recommendation.
Up to Three Other Individuals Familiar with Your Scientific Career
Letters and third-party materials should not be uploaded by the applicant.
The application system will request contact information, including an email address, for the chair, collaborator and references. These individuals will receive a prompt from the system w10. Reprints
Submit copies of relevant articles you have published.ith 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 reviews.
Note: 2020 Applications will be accepted July 15 – September 1, 2019 @ 11:59 PM EDT.