This program provides stipend funding to well-trained graduates from Ph.D. programs who seek to further develop and refine their informatics research skills through formal postdoctoral training. An application must include a research plan written by the applicant, a mentor's research record, and a description of how the mentored experience will enhance the applicant's career development in informatics.
The PhRMA Foundation Post Doctoral program in Informatics provides stipend support for individuals engaged in a multidisciplinary research training program that will create or extend their credentials in informatics. The intent of this program is to support post doctoral career development activities of individuals preparing to engage in research that will bridge the gap between experimental and computational approaches in genomic and biomedical studies. It is anticipated that this research training will be accomplished in academic and/or industrial laboratory settings where multidisciplinary teams are organized to address problems which span the range of biological complexity rather than focus on the application of single technologies.
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
Eligible applicants must either (1) hold a PhD degree 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. They must also have a firm commitment from an accredited U.S. university and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Applications are to be submitted via the Foundation website and received by September 1, 2012. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline date.
The award, consisting of a $40,000 annual stipend, is made to the institution on behalf of the fellow. Awards may be activated beginning January 1, 2013 or on the first day of any month thereafter, up to and including December 1, 2013. The 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. If the stipend is to be supplemented, indicate the amount. If no supplement is intended, so state this. The program provides no other subsidies (travel, tuition, fringe benefit costs, etc.) and indirect costs to the institution are not provided. It is expected that the fellowship will be administered in accordance with the prevailing policies and procedures of the institution.
The second year of this award is contingent upon a progress report approved by the Foundation and submission of a financial report. These funds are not transferable.
Post Doctoral Fellowship Application Components
1. General Registration Information
2. Applicant CV or biosketch
3. Extended Letter
An opportunity to tell us who you are and to detail your plans for your future. Include a synopsis of your career, tell us your interests and describe your desired future career path.
Your extended letter should not exceed 2 type-written pages (size 12 font).
4. Research abstract
An abstract of approximately 200 words concerning the proposed research plan.
5. Research plan
The candidate must prepare a comprehensive statement not to exceed eight single-spaced typewritten pages of type size 12 point or larger, of the plans for research, education and training in pharmacology/toxicology. Applicants are requested to use a format similar to that specified for the submission of grants to the National Institutes of Health that includes a description of the objective(s), rationale, methods of approach and a bibliography of major references. Preliminary results, if any, should also be included. Acronyms should be put in a footnote on the first page or they should be spelled in full the first time it is used.
The Informatics Advisory Committee reviews each application for the quality of the research as well as the education and training proposed. Therefore documentation that proper guidance will be available to insure 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 the chairs or mentors of these departments, or from an appropriate level of responsibility if the proposal includes an experiential rotation in an industrial research laboratory.
Provide a budget and list any other funding this project receives.
6. Transcripts-Graduate transcripts only
Hardcopies of official transcripts should be requested to be sent to the PhRMA Foundation by the deadline date of September 1, 2012.
7. Department Chair’s information including an email address. A letter of recommendation
8. Sponsor’s information including an email address and CV or biosketch. A letter of recommendation.
9. Information and letters of reference from up to 3 other individuals familiar with your scientific career.
Please note: required references will be contacted via email with instructions on how to upload documents to our system once the application is submitted. These documents are not due by the deadline date but should be received by September 14, 2012. In some cases, you may have a reference used in more than one section, please advise them they may receive multimple emails and to follow instructions for each. (which may include uploading the same letter multiple times)
Copies of relevant articles published by the applicant.