National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research are eligible for support under this award if they have doctoral research degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) and are in the first 3 years of a faculty tenure track or equivalent position at the time of award. (Stanford assistant professors with UTL and MCL faculty positions.)
Purpose: The purpose of the Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research is to support an intensive, supervised career development and scientific mentoring experience for promising junior investigators (who are in first 3 years of a faculty tenure track or equivalent position at the time of award) from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research. The proposed career development experience is expected to substantially contribute to the research capabilities of the applicant, provide protected time from teaching/other duties and provide resources to hone skills in grant writing and publication of high impact research. Presently, data from the National Science Foundation suggests that underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities are underrepresented in faculty-level biomedical research careers. For example, in surveys conducted by the Society for Neuroscience Committee on Neuroscience Departments and Programs, diverse faculty represent only 5% of the tenure-stream neuroscience faculty and 3% of non-tenure-stream faculty members (2011 Survey Report Neuroscience Departments and Programs). This is compared to a 14% predoctoral and 9% postdoctoral diverse trainee represention within the neuroscience field. As demonstrated in a 2011 NIH Individual Mentored Career Development Awards Program Evaluation, receipt of an individual mentored career development award had a measurable and significant impact on program participants, as seen in their publication records and subsequent applications for and receipt of NIH grants. Collectively, researchers who participated in NIH K programs had a significantly higher R01 success rate than those with no prior career development support. It is envisioned that funding support from the Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research will enhance the pool of well-trained researchers and health professionals who are competitively funded to conduct neuroscience research.
Citizenship: By the time of award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551, or other legal verification of such status.
Institutional representative (RPM/RMG) internal proposal complete by date: 5-working days prior to the sponsor’s deadline
Standard K award deadlines: Feb. 12, June 12, Oct. 12
Standard AIDS-related deadlines: May 7, Sept. 7, Jan. 7
Expiration date: May 8, 2019