The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists, who have already established a record of innovation and research productivity, to have an accelerated entry into an independent research career. It is also an opportunity for research intensive institutions to invigorate their research departments by recruiting outstanding, early career scientists. Exceptional graduate students or clinicians nearing the completion of their PhD (or equivalent) or for clinicians (MD or equivalent) nearing the end of their medical residency may contact appropriate Institutional scientific leaders to seek an appointment as an independent research scientist (For a listing of eligible degrees for Early Independence Investigators, please refer to Section 1. Eligible Applicants). Alternatively, Institutions may actively recruit eligible junior scientists to apply for support through this program. At the time of application, the Early Independence investigator must be within twelve months before or after the completion of their PhD (or equivalent) or for clinicians within twelve months before or after the completion of their medical residency (or equivalent) training. The date of degree receipt is that which appears on the official transcript for the degree. The time of application is the date when the application is submitted electronically to NIH through Grants.gov. At the time of application, the Early Independence investigator must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous doctoral degree for more than one year. By the end of the award period, the Early Independence investigator is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program and for a permanent research position.
Letter of Intent Due Date: December 30, 2011
Application Due Date: January 30, 2012, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
The NIH Common Fund intends to commit approximately $4,000,000 in FY 2012. Approximately 10 awards are anticipated, contingent upon availability of funds and receipt of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Awards will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs. Award Project Period: Five years.
The full announcement can be found at:
This program will support a small number of exceptional clinical researchers in the early stages of their careers to promote their development to fully independent scientists. The program combines a period of research experience as a tenure-track Principal Investigator in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) with an opportunity for additional years of independent financial support, either within the IRP or at an extramural research institution.
In an effort to address the barriers of limited research time for clinical investigators, increases in the length of time to independent careers, and access to hospital facilities and patient enrollments, the NIH has created the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars (Lasker Scholars) program that will offer applicants the opportunity to compete for a unique combination of intramural and extramural resources for clinical research. The program will support a small number of exceptional clinical researchers in the early stages of their careers to promote their development to fully independent scientists. The program combines a period of research experience as a tenure-track Principal Investigator in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) with an opportunity for additional years of independent financial support, either within the IRP or at an extramural research institution.
The program honors the contributions of Mary and Albert Lasker to the National Institutes of Health and to the overall biomedical community.
The Lasker Scholars program aims to support successful candidates in two phases. Applicants will respond to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for an initial period of support through a position in the NIH Intramural Research Program. Selected scholars who successfully complete the initial phase will be able to either remain within the IRP or apply for extramural grant funding in the second phase. The first phase will support scholars in the IRP for up to 5 years, with the possibility of an extension for an additional 2 years. Successful applicants for the Lasker Scholars Program will be appointed as independent tenure-track investigators within an NIH Institute or Center, a process that includes being hired as a full time employee at the NIH and completing the procedures required of new Federal government employees. The IRP will provide space, research expenses, full salary, and Federal employee benefits. Scholars will develop independent research activities over the course of their stay in the IRP, and will be formally reviewed by a panel of senior extramural investigators every 2-4 years to evaluate their research progress. More information about the IRP can be found at http://irp.nih.gov/
Upon successfully completing the initial IRP phase of the program, the Lasker Scholar will be eligible for two options in the second phase:
Option 1. Remain in the IRP with continued intramural funding and progression to tenured senior investigator status, if consistent with formal reviews and assessments. Retention in the IRP will be dependent on the development of a mutual agreement between the Scholar and the IRP. Tenure at the NIH requires evaluation and approval by the NIH Deputy Director for Intramural Research.
Option 2. Scholars who successfully complete at least five years in the first phase of the program will be eligible to apply for an extramural research grant in the second phase of the program as an independent researcher. Lasker Scholars can compete for a grant that can provide direct costs of up to $500,000/year (plus applicable Facilities and Administration (F&A) costs) for up to 5 years at an extramural institution. Scholars who choose to leave the Lasker program before completing 5 years of research in the IRP will not be eligible to compete for the Lasker Scholars Grant but will be eligible to compete for other extramural NIH research grants as announced in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.
Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards: It is anticipated that up to 5 awards will be made each year. Over time, the program is expected to achieve a steady state of approximately 20-30 scholars.
Letter of Intent Due Date: December 23, 2011; Application Due Date: January 24, 2012.
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Doctoral Students and Faculty from SBU Center for Science and Mathematics Education Make Presentations at ASTE Regional Conference
At the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) Northeast Regional meeting held last month in Black Rock Forest, NY, more than 50 scholars presented their work and discussed challenges and opportunities in K-12 science education. This meeting is an ideal venue for science education faculty members and doctoral students to present their research, collaborate and meet new colleagues.
With a contingent of 10, the largest of any university, Stony Brook was well represented both at the podium and during the poster session. Second year doctoral students Joseph Filippone, Luisa McHugh, Catherine Pohlot, Linda Padwa, Caren Gough and Robyn Tornabene presented the results of their work.
Dr. David Bynum, Director of CESAME, led a discussion on entrepreneurship in science education and Dr. Keith Sheppard, Director of the Doctoral Program in Science Education, spoke about the formation and potential impact of the new doctoral program. “This is an ideal format for our doctoral students to showcase their work,” said Dr. Sheppard. “They gain an opportunity to talk about their research, meet other doctoral students and visit with faculty from other institutions about career possibilities.”
Science Education Lecturer Dr. Judith Callaway presented on the teaching of science to special education students and Dr. Angela Kelly, Associate Director of the program, shared her research on science and mathematics teacher preparation and induction. “It gives me great pride and satisfaction seeing how far and fast our students have developed,” said Dr. Kelly. “When they graduate they will have gained the research skills and science education needed to catalyze the development of the next generation of scientists in this country.”
CESAME at Stony Brook was created in 2007 to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of the nation’s science and mathematics talent pool. Its science teacher education programs graduate more than 50 teachers per year with master’s degrees, many of whom are supported by fellowships. Its doctoral program in science education was created in 2010 and now has 25 matriculated students. The program prepares highly-skilled graduates for teacher education faculty positions in universities, leadership roles in school districts and policy positions at all levels.