Training Grant Director

June 12, 2018

Notice of Intent: Funding Opportunity for Predoctoral Training in Advanced Data Analytics for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) intend to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for new behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR) predoctoral training programs that focus on innovative computational and/or data science analytic approaches and their incorporation into training for the future BSSR health research workforce.

June 4, 2018

Data Science and Programming Summer Workshop Series

The series offers 22 workshops from June to August on Python, R, SQL, command line, and GIS across the Evanston and Chicago campuses.  Northwestern graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and research staff of all experience levels are welcome in the workshops. 

May 30, 2018

Recent NIH Training Award Notices

The NIH has posted several notices for small changes to various training awards. Please click the links below to learn more.

May 29, 2018

Free Mentoring as Teaching: Best Practices in a Research Lab Workshop

Click here to register for the free Searle Center Grad and Postdoc Workshop Series: "Mentoring as Teaching: Best Practices in a Research Lab" that will take place on Thursday, May 31, from 10-11:30 AM at the Searle Center Library.

May 22, 2018

Save the Date: NUPF 2018 Current Research and Future Career Symposium

The 2018 Current Research and Future Careers Symposium will held on the Chicago Campus on August 30 .

May 14, 2018

Mentoring Your Summer Student: An Orientation for Postdocs and PhD Students

This workshop will help postdoctoral fellows and graduate students outline summer projects, set goals with summer advisees, structure interactions, and problem solve as issues arise.

May 14, 2018

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2018

The National Institute of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) have announced stipend levels for trainees and fellows supported by Kirschstein-NRSA awards in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.

May 8, 2018

New T32 Funded Training Program for Postdocs

Congratulations to Professors David C. Mohr, PhD, and Madhu Reddy, PhD, who have received the Notice of Acceptance for a NIMH T32 training program to jointly train postdoctoral fellows in clinical science and human computer interaction focused on mental health.

April 30, 2018

Harvard GSAS Science Policy Group Minisymposium on Reproducibility

The Harvard GSAS Science Policy Group in collaboration with Addgene is hosting a minisymposium on reproducibility to “discuss many of the tools available to researchers and get some insight into how researchers, funders, and publishers are working to improve reproducibility.”

April 30, 2018

1 + 1 = 3 (or More): The Value of Collaborations for Diversity and Inclusion in Biomedicine

An NIH blog post by Hannah Valantine, PhD, discusses the power of collaboration in developing a diverse and inclusive biomedical workforce.

April 30, 2018

Science: The Core Traits of Career Success

An article in Science discusses the traits that make a good scientist, some of which are often overlooked.

April 30, 2018

Upcoming NASEM Report Release: Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) will be releasing its report on Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century on May 29, from 1:30-3:00 ET at the Keck Center in Washington, DC.

April 30, 2018

NBER Report: The Impact of Postdoctoral Fellowships on a Future Independent Career

A National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) report examined the career outcomes from researchers that applied for an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) (F32) between 1996 -2008.

April 30, 2018

2018 GREAT Group Annual Meeting

The 2018 AAMC Group on Graduate Research, Education and Training (GREAT Group) will hold its annual Professional Development Meeting on September 27-29, 2018 in Atlanta, GA. Graduate Deans, MD-PhD Program Directors, Postdoctoral Program Leaders, Administrative Program Staff, and all those with an interest in advancing biomedical research training are invited to join.

April 30, 2018

Chicago Communicating Science Conference (ComSciCon-Chicago)

The ComSciCon workshop series is designed to empower graduate students to communicate the complex concepts arising in science, engineering and other technical fields to diverse audiences.

April 27, 2018

Bioprofessionals: Pathway to the Professoriate

BioProfessionals is pleased to present a Pathway to the Professoriate series on academic job searches. In a series of panels this spring, they will explore all facets of academic job searches, from how to prepare to be a competitive candidate to negotiations and start up packages.

April 26, 2018

Job Offer Negotiation Workshop

Learn how to advocate for yourself in an informed and effective way. Topics will cover determining your “worth”, negotiation etiquette, and negotiating other relevant issues. 

April 16, 2018

Apply Now for Summer 2018 Dissertation Boot Camps

Applications for Summer 2018 Dissertation Boot Camp are now available. Session One will run from June 18-29 and Session 2 will run from August 6-17.

April 12, 2018

NAS Report Release on the Next Generation of Researchers

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is hosting a release of its report, “Next Generation of Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences Researchers: Breaking Through.”

April 12, 2018

NSF: Educating the Future STEM Workforce

The National Science Foundation is seeking to support projects on STEM education in the six NSF Big Ideas.

March 28, 2018

Registration Open: Train the Trainers Program

Registration is now open for the Preparing to Teach and Advise Biomedical Graduate Student and Postdoc Trainees around Career and Professional Development: A Train-the-trainers event! 

March 28, 2018

New NSF Account Management and Registration Process

This is a reminder that effective March 26, 2018, the National Science Foundation (NSF) introduces a new account management and registration process that will provide each user with a single profile and unique identifier (i.e. NSF ID) for signing in to FastLane and Research.gov.

March 28, 2018

New NIGMS T32 FOA Webinar Slides Available

The slides from the Predoctoral Training Grant (T32) webinar have been posted. The webinar, which took place March 5, provided an overview of and answered questions about the new funding opportunity announcement.

March 28, 2018

Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows

The National Science Foundation recently released Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 18-055) which invites current Postdoctoral Research Fellows to apply for research visits to any identified, appropriate European research group.

March 23, 2018

The “No Tears NRSA” : How to Successfully Prepare and Submit an Individual NRSA Fellowship Application

Just in time to prepare for the NIH April 8 deadline for Individual (F Series) NRSA Awards, OSR has posted a new microlearning module about how to successfully prepare and submit a “No Tears NRSA” to help fellows - and the RAs working with fellows.

March 23, 2018

xTRACT Anticipated to be Required in Fiscal Year 2020

In October 2015, eRA introduced xTRACT as an electronic system within eRA Commons for creating research training data tables and tracking trainee outcomes. xTRACT permits users to leverage data already in eRA Commons to pre-populate training tables with trainee names, institution information, award information, etc., which can be used both in new application submissions and for progress reports. 

March 23, 2018

NIH Seeks Comments on Lab Animal Policies

Through your participation, the NIH hopes to gain insights into how they can best improve the coordination and harmonization of regulations and policies with respect to research with laboratory animals.

March 22, 2018

The Data Incubator

This program is an intensive 8-week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists.

March 20, 2018

Grantsmanship for the Research Professional Course

Grantsmanship for Research Professionals is a two-day executive education-style workshop that introduces and enhances skills associated with effective grant opportunity identification, proposal preparation, grant review process, and team science. 

March 19, 2018

WISER Spring Symposium

Join WISER this spring to highlight the work of women faculty here at Northwestern. Featuring research talks from five faculty members spanning multiple fields, find out what your colleagues are working on in other departments and engage with the wider STEM community.

March 19, 2018

Exploring Intersectionality: A Panel Discussion with SACNAS & QPGSA

Please join SACNAS, in partnership with QPGSA, for a discussion panel called “Exploring Intersectionality.” This is the first event from the Series: Diverse Perspectives in STEM organized by SACNAS.

March 16, 2018

Career Fair: American Association for Cancer Research

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is having their Annual Meeting in Chicago. As part of the meeting there will be a Career Fair on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 9 AM - 3 PM at McCormick Place. There is no cost to attend the Career Fair, but registration is required by March 23.

February 28, 2018

Training Grant Data Collection Survey Available

As mentioned in the previous Directors meeting, The Training Grant Support Office has created a brief survey about the faculty data collection process for training grants. Please provide feedback to the Training Grant Support Office regarding the faculty data collection process via a brief survey.

February 26, 2018

GRAND Spring Conference Registration Open

Please join the AAMC in DC for the 2018 GRAND Spring Conference April 18-20, 2018, focused on pressing issues in biomedical research. Complete program, hotel, and travel information are available on the 2018 GRAND meeting website.

February 26, 2018

Assessing Research and Education

Several articles discuss innovations in how research and training are judged.

February 26, 2018

BEST Roadshow Workshops Available

NIH’s Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) program has a catalog of training workshops that have been tried and improved at their 17 institutions, and the workshops are now being offered to the wider community in the BEST Road Show.

February 26, 2018

NIH FOA to Develop Training Modules to Enhance the Rigor and Reproducibility (R25)

The NIH released a Research Education Program (R25) funding announcement that supports educational activities to enhance the training of the biomedical workforce.

February 26, 2018

Training Grant Directors Meeting Notes Available

Thank you to all who attended the Training Grant Directors Meeting on February 1st. Meeting notes and information are now available in the Northwestern Training Grant Directors folder in Northwestern Box.

February 26, 2018

New FOA Numbers for NRSA Fellowships Released

The NIH has released new FOA numbers of Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowships. Please see the new announcements in this article.

February 19, 2018

Grad and Postdoc Career Development Workshop: “Incorporating Primary Literature into the STEM Classroom”

Join Graduate and Postdoctoral Learning on March 13 for "Incorporating Primary Literature into the STEM Classroom". In this workshop, they will discuss the importance of primary literature as a teaching tool.

February 19, 2018

Grad and Postdoc Career Development Workshop: "Facilitating Learning with Small Group Work to Make a Bigger Impact"

Join Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Development on March 6 for "Facilitating Learning with Small Group Work to Make a Bigger Impact". This workshop equips TAs to identify opportunities for group work, utilize different small group formats that can target specific needs and objectives, and practice group work in their own classroom.

February 19, 2018

Searle Center's Grad and Postdoc Career Development Workshop: "Climate Change: Establishing a Community-Centered Classroom"

Join the Searle Center's Graduate and Postdoctoral Learning program for "Climate Change: Establishing a Community-Centered Classroom" on March 1. This workshop focuses on building community among students as peers and students and their instructors.

February 19, 2018

NIH Proposal Writing Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows Winter Quarter 2018

The Graduate School will offer a proposal writing workshop for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The workshop is for those preparing a proposal for the upcoming NIH NRSA deadline. This workshop will also be beneficial for postdoctoral fellows developing K99 proposals.

February 16, 2018

Computational Research Day 2018

Attention students and postdocs! Display your research, practice presenting, network with fellow researchers, and compete for prizes at Northwestern Computational Research Day on Tuesday April 10, 2018. All areas of research are welcome. This year’s event will include a Poster Contest, Visualization Competition and Lightning Talks.

February 16, 2018

Northwestern University Brain Awareness Outreach (NUBAO)'s Brain Awareness Fair

Hosted in partnership with Sullivan High School, the annual Brain Awareness Fair is NUBAO's biggest event. Over 20 exciting demonstrations and fun, hands-on activities that demonstrate how the brain works. NUBAO is always looking for enthusiastic science-minded volunteers!

February 8, 2018

NIGMS to Discontinue Participation in NIH NRSA Individual Fellowship Award (Parent F31)

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is discontinuing participation in PA-16-309 “Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31)” effective immediately. NIGMS will not accept either New or Resubmission applications for PA-16-309 and its subsequent reissuances for the April 8, 2018 application due date and beyond.

February 8, 2018

NIAAA To Participate in NIH Parent T32 and Parent T35 Awards

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) will participate, effective immediately, in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) PA-18-403, “Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T32) and FOA PA-18-404, “Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T35).

January 31, 2018

Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity Revised

This notice revises the previous Notice of NIH Interest in Diversity: NOT-OD-18-122 to clarify that Native Hawaiians are included in category A Underrepresented Populations, and that the revision to category A to permit participation in diversity programs of ‘individuals from racial or ethnic groups that can be demonstrated convincingly to be underrepresented by the grantee institution’ supersedes the current diversity language in existing funding opportunity announcements (FOAs).

January 31, 2018

TGS Seeking Participants for Committee for Outreach for Individuals with Disabilities

A new committee is being formed that will focus on ways to improve outreach to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with disabilities. The committee aims to include constituents from the TGS Offices of Diversity & Inclusion, Training Grant Support Office, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Graduate Student Engagement, as well as representatives from AccessibleNU, The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access.

January 31, 2018

AAMC Released Statement on Continuing Resolution

The AAMC released a statement on the fourth Continuing Resolution, which extends current funding to February 8.

January 31, 2018

NIH Clinical and Translational Research Course for PhD Students

The NIH is hosting a free Clinical and Translational Research Course for PhD Students July 9-20, 2018, at the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD.

January 31, 2018

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Guidance for Trainees Program and Travel Grant

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is soliciting proposals for two programs.

January 29, 2018

Grant Application Instruction Correction for Training Grants with Human Subjects Involvement

NIH Notice Number: NOT-OD-18-128 This notice corrects application form instructions related to human subjects involvement for Training (T) grant applications submitted to due dates on or after January 25, 2018. Human subjects information beyond answering the human subjects questions on the R&R Other Project Information Form is not required for Training grant applications (except D43 and K12).

January 29, 2018

Reminder: New NSF Policies Take Effect Soon

New policies at the National Science Foundation go into effect next week. Significant changes include increasing the length of budget justifications to five pages and requiring the project description to include a section titled "Intellectual Merit."

January 29, 2018

Upcoming Training Grant Directors Meeting – February 1st

The next Training Grant Directors meeting will take place on Thursday, February 1st at 12 PM in Wieboldt Hall Room 421 on the Chicago campus and in The Graduate School Conference Room, GSCR (first floor of the North Tower in the Rebecca Crown Center, 633 Clark Street, Evanston campus).

January 24, 2018

National Cancer Institute's National Graduate Student Recruitment Program (GSRP)

Applications are currently being accepted for the National Cancer Institute’s Graduate Student Recruiting Program (GSRP).

January 22, 2018

Research Safety Student Initiative Hosting Safety Awareness Week

The Research Safety Student Initiative (RSSI) is hosting its first Safety Awareness Week on February 19 – 23 to promote awareness of research safety.

January 18, 2018

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Town Hall

An online town hall on February 1st will provide an overview of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the information applicants need to submit an application for the 2018 Broad Funding Announcement. Research areas are listed below.

January 18, 2018

Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health

The Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health (TL1) Award is now accepting applications for a tentative July 1, 2018 start date.