Training Grant Director

September 13, 2019

2019 NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRP)

The application period for 2019 NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) is now open. Applicants must submit a completed and signed Northwestern Loan Repayment Program Certification Form by close of business on November 1, 2019.  The form must be completed, attested by the applicant, departmental administrator, department chair, and sent by email to Pamela Hawkins. Visit NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) page on the OSR website for more information about completing the institutional certifications.

September 13, 2019

LIMITED SUBMISSION: National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (NRT)

The NRT Program is dedicated to supporting highly effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas through the use of comprehensive traineeship models that are innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs.

August 28, 2019

SCOARE Faculty Workshop: How to Mentor Scientifi­c Communication

You are an important supporter of graduate and postdoctoral trainees. To provide additional opportunities to support your trainees, we are partnering with investigators at MD Anderson Cancer Center to bring you an NIH-funded faculty mentor training workshop “Scientific Communication Advances Research Excellence” (SCOARE).  The project includes a companion research study of workshop participants and their research trainees. You are invited to attend the workshop as well as to participate in the associated research study assessing workshop outcomes.

August 28, 2019

Navigating the Research Enterprise Seminar Series

The upcoming series offers tools and resources for postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty. It will run from September through December 2019 (subject to change).

August 28, 2019

Registration Available for Responsible Conduct of Research

Registration is available for the upcoming Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) series hosted by the Center for Education and Career Development in NUCATS.

July 10, 2019

2019 AAMC Group on Graduate Research Education and Training (GREAT) Annual Meeting and 25th Anniversary Celebration

The AAMC’s Group on Graduate Research, Education, and Training (GREAT) Annual Meeting this fall in Seattle will discuss contemporary topics and emerging issues, and build upon the values and best practices established over the past 25 years.

July 10, 2019

Grantsmanship for the Research Professional Course on December 5 & 6

The next offering of the Grantsmanship for the Research Professional Course through Northwestern’s School of Professional Studies will be Thursday and Friday, December 5-6. Grantsmanship for the Research Professional 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.

July 10, 2019

Register for the GREAT/GRAND Community Forum

The AAMC is providing a series of GREAT/GRAND Community Forums as a platform for sharing important policy updates and other timely information with the GREAT Group and GRAND communities.Teaser

June 21, 2019

Limited Submission Funding Opportunity: NSF Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals for the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program.

June 21, 2019

Explore xTRACT Before Its Required Use in FY 2020

Beginning with NIH RPPRs due on or after October 1, 2019 (FY2020), recipients must use the xTRACT system to create the required training tables for submission with NIH and AHRQ T15, T32, T90/R90 and TL1 progress reports. While it is not mandatory to use xTRACT for new and renewal applications for these types of training grants, it may be required in future years. 

June 21, 2019

Two New T32-Funded Training Programs for Predoctoral Trainees

Congratulations to faculty members Michael Markl, PhD and Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, who will lead our two newly funded training grant programs that will be available to support graduate students in these exciting, important research areas.

June 21, 2019

Save the Date: Training Grant Directors Meeting on July 26, 2019

The next Training Grant Directors Meeting will take place on Friday, July 26th from 12:00 – 1:00 PM in the Baldwin Auditorium 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).

June 3, 2019

New xTRACT System Requirement for All NIH and AHRQ Training Grant Progress Reports

NIH and AHRQ have announced that training grant recipients will be required to use the xTRACT system in the eRA Commons to prepare the required data tables for Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) for pre- and postdoctoral research training grants beginning in FY 2020

April 8, 2019

Data Science Night on April 10

Data Science Nights are monthly hack nights on popular data science topics, organized by Northwestern University graduate students and scholars. Each night will feature refreshments, a talk on data science techniques or applications, and a hacking night with data science projects or learning groups of your choice. Aspiring, beginning, and advanced data scientists are welcome! 

April 4, 2019

Kidney Technology Development Research Education Program (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that help recruit individuals with specific specialty or disciplinary backgrounds to research careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences.

April 4, 2019

AAMC/FASEB Hosting Webinar on NAS Sexual Harassment Report

The AAMC and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) are hosting the sixth and final webinar in their 2018 National Academies reports webinar series. Study Director Frazier Benya, PhD, of the National Academies, will unpack the key findings of the report "Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine," focusing on two essential recommendations: 1) addressing the most common form of sexual harassment – gender harassment and 2) moving beyond legal compliance to address culture and climate change. This webinar will also feature examples of institutional implementation. The webinar is being held on April 22, 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET and free registration is required.

April 4, 2019

NSF Releases 2019 Report on Underrepresented Groups in Science and Engineering

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Center of Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) released its 2019 Biennial Report on Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering. The report discusses trends for women and minorities underrepresented in Science and Engineering education and employment, breaking down the data by discipline - grouping psychology, biological sciences, and social sciences. The report states that continuing disparities “may be rooted in differences in recollected course taking, participation in Science & Engineering higher education, and overall educational attainment.”

April 4, 2019

NIGMS Posts New Emphasis on Reproducibility in Training Grant Applications

The NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) posted a notice on a change to Evaluation of Plans for ‘Training in Methods for Enhancing Reproducibility’ in NIGMS Training Grant Funding Opportunity Announcements including the NIGMS Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Predoctoral Institutional Research Training Grant (T32), Medical Scientist Training Program (T32), Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (T32), and Graduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (G-RISE) (T32). To emphasize “the importance of instruction in rigorous experimental design and transparency to enhance reproducibility,” this notice updates the review criteria in these FOAs such that the evaluation of plans for ‘Training in Methods for Enhancing Reproducibility’ will now factor into the Overall Impact score of applications.

March 26, 2019

DataCamp Access for Researchers, Spring Quarter

DataCamp is an online service with over 200 self-paced, interactive courses on using R, Python, and SQL for data analysis. DataCamp subscriptions for researchers are funded by Research Computing Services, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Galter Health Sciences Library and Learning Center, and a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

February 8, 2019

RSG Research Communication Training Program Information Sessions on March 12 and 13

The Ready Set Go (RSG) Research Communication Training Program is holding two information sessions for graduate students and post-doctoral trainees interested in this 8-week summer program. You may attend either session, click here for more information.

February 8, 2019

Call for Proposals - 25th Annual AAMC GREAT Professional Development Meeting

Celebrate 25 years of meeting with colleagues to share innovations in biomedical research training, discuss strategies and mentoring practices. The program committee for the 25th Annual GREAT Professional Development Meeting is now accepting proposals for concurrent sessions and poster presentations that will inspire, challenge, and engage our learning community.

February 1, 2019

Jointly Sponsored NRSA Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (JSPTPN) (T32)

The purpose of the JSPTPN program is to provide strong, broad neuroscience training that will enable students to become successful research scientists at a time when the field is advancing at an astonishing pace. A key component will be a curriculum that provides a strong foundation in experimental design, statistical methodology and quantitative reasoning. The primary objective is to prepare individuals for careers in neuroscience that will have a significant impact on our understanding of nervous system function and the health-related research needs of the nation. The career outcomes include research careers in academia and industry and research-related careers in various sectors, e.g., academic institutions, government agencies, for-profit businesses, and private foundations.

February 1, 2019

NIGMS Hosting Webinars on Training Grants

The NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is hosting two pre-application webinars on training grants.

February 1, 2019

NASEM Hosting Symposium to Address the Underrepresentation of Women

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) is hosting a Symposium Highlighting Evidence-Based Interventions to Address the Underrepresentation of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. This symposium will focus on strategies to remove institutional barriers to representation of women in STEMM from the 2007 Academies report Beyond Bias and Barriers that have proved effective.

February 1, 2019

Unconscious Bias Train-the-Trainer Workshop

This evidence‐based, intensive and dynamic 4-day course provides a hands-on experience that prepares you to deliver an unconscious bias workshop. This unique professional development opportunity is aimed at leaders in academic medicine and other professionals in healthcare and biomedical research who are looking to integrate unconscious bias learning opportunities into their organizations.

February 1, 2019

NIH Requests Input on Definition of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

The NIH is seeking broad community input on a revised definition of behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR) for use by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in the NIH Director's Office Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) to assess and monitor NIH BSSR funding.

February 1, 2019

Nature Article: How Four Winning Mentors Help to Build Skills and Dispel Doubt

A Nature article describes the efforts that its four 2018 Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science winners have put forth to support their trainees. The article states that "conversations and words of encouragement aren't as easy to quantify as grants or publications, but great mentorship deserves to be recognized." The four winners, who will split two $10,000 prizes between them, are two senior researchers being recognized for lifetime achievements and two mid-career researchers.

February 1, 2019

iBiology Provides New Course on Working at the Bench

A new six-week course is freely available from iBiology, called "Let's Experiment: A Guide for Scientists Working at the Bench." This course "features scientists from a variety of backgrounds, who provide concrete advice on how to design and carry out experiments in biological research" and uses case studies for tangible examples.

January 24, 2019

Management for Scientists and Engineers Certificate Program Information Session on February 13

Doctoral students enrolled in science, engineering, math, and quantitative social science programs are invited to an information session for the Management for Scientists and Engineers Certificate Program. This session will provide the opportunity to hear about the program from professors and former students and to ask any questions you may have.