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SCOARE Faculty Workshop: How to Mentor Scientifi­c Communication

October 03, 2019
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).
Opportunities for Trainees 2019

Register for the GREAT/GRAND Community Forum on Mentorship in STEMM

October 03, 2019
The next Community Forum discussing the soon-to-be released National Academies report, The Science of Effective Mentoring in STEMM will be on December 4, from 2-3 pm ET.
Opportunities for Trainees 2019

eRA Reminder: Requirements Start October 1 for the Use of ORCID iDs for xTrain Appointments and the Use of xTRACT for Training Tables

October 03, 2019
This message is a reminder that two new requirements went into effect Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
Announcements 2019

Data Science Night on September 25

September 20, 2019
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! 
Announcements 2019

2019 NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRP)

September 13, 2019
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.
Funding Agency Updates; Announcements 2019

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

September 13, 2019
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.
Announcements; Opportunities for Trainees 2019

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

July 10, 2019
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.
Announcements 2019

Grantsmanship for the Research Professional Course on December 5 & 6

July 10, 2019
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.
Announcements 2019

Register for the GREAT/GRAND Community Forum

July 10, 2019
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
Announcements 2019

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

June 21, 2019
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals for the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program.
Opportunities for Trainees 2019

Explore xTRACT Before Its Required Use in FY 2020

June 21, 2019
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. 
Funding Agency Updates 2019

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

June 21, 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).
Announcements 2019

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

June 03, 2019
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
Announcements 2019

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

April 04, 2019
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.
Opportunities for Trainees 2019

AAMC/FASEB Hosting Webinar on NAS Sexual Harassment Report

April 04, 2019
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.
Announcements 2019

NIGMS Posts New Emphasis on Reproducibility in Training Grant Applications

April 04, 2019
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.
Funding Agency Updates 2019

NSF Releases 2019 Report on Underrepresented Groups in Science and Engineering

April 04, 2019
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.”
Announcements 2019

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

February 08, 2019
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.
Announcements 2019

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

February 08, 2019
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.
Announcements 2019

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

February 01, 2019
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.
Opportunities for Trainees 2019

NIGMS Hosting Webinars on Training Grants

February 01, 2019
The NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is hosting two pre-application webinars on training grants.
Funding Agency Updates 2019

NASEM Hosting Symposium to Address the Underrepresentation of Women

February 01, 2019
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.
Announcements 2019

Unconscious Bias Train-the-Trainer Workshop

February 01, 2019
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.
Announcements 2019

NIH Requests Input on Definition of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

February 01, 2019
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.
Funding Agency Updates 2019

iBiology Provides New Course on Working at the Bench

February 01, 2019
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.
Opportunities for Trainees 2019

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

February 01, 2019
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.
Opportunities for Trainees 2019

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

January 24, 2019
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.
Opportunities for Trainees 2019

Funding Opportunity - HHMI 2019 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Competition

December 13, 2018
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is pleased to announce the 2019 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program competition.
Announcements 2018

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2019

November 30, 2018
This Notice supersedes NOT-OD-18-175 and establishes stipend levels for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Kirschstein-NRSA awards for undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral trainees and fellows, as shown in the tables below.
Funding Agency Updates 2018

Notice on Certification Letters for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

November 30, 2018
This new notice informs prospective applicants that consistent with prior instructions, applications submitted for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health Related Research (F31 - Diversity; PA-18-666) are required to attach a certification letter (titled Diversity_Eligibility_Ltr) from the institution certifying eligibility of the fellowship applicant for the program. The letter should avoid revealing sensitive personal information, such as the candidate's specific racial/ethnic background or type of disability. The certification letter must be on institutional letterhead and scanned so that an institutional official signature is visible.
Funding Agency Updates 2018

Faculty Mentor Training Opportunity

November 29, 2018
In support of excellence in research and research training, the Driskill Graduate Program is hosting a mentor training session on Friday, December 7, from 2:00 - 6:00 PM.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

2019 Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity Program Directors’ Meeting

November 27, 2018
The 2019 Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD) Program Directors’ Meeting will be held July 30-August 2, 2019 in Rockville, Maryland. This meeting will focus on continuing to build and strengthen the partnerships and networks within the TWD community.
Announcements 2018

New Application Requirement for Institutional Training Grants: Letter of Institutional Commitment to Harassment and Discrimination Protections

November 27, 2018
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a new policy (NOT-OD-19-029) requiring a signed letter from a key institutional leader regarding “Harassment and Discrimination Protections in NIH Training Applications” in all new and competitive renewal training grant applications including T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, and TL4.
Announcements; Funding Agency Updates 2018

Limited Submission Funding Opportunity National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (NRT)

October 30, 2018
The NRT Program is dedicated to supporting highly effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas through the use of comprehensive traineeship models that are innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

NIDDK Education Program Grants (R25)

October 30, 2018
The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NIDDK R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

National Science Foundation Fall Grants Conference

October 30, 2018
The Fall 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference can be experienced virtually. The plenary sessions for the upcoming conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 8-9, 2018 will be webcast live to the research community.
Announcements 2018

New T32 Medical Scientist Training Program Funding Opportunity Announcement

October 30, 2018
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has just released a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Through this new FOA, changes are encouraged in integrated medical and graduate research training to keep pace with the rapid evolution of a research environment that is increasingly complex, interdisciplinary, quantitative, and collaborative.
Funding Agency Updates 2018

Save the Date: Training Grant Directors Meeting on 12/3

October 30, 2018
The next Training Grant Directors Meeting will take place on Monday, December 3, from 12:00 - 1:00 PM.
Announcements 2018

NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) Applications for 2019

October 30, 2018
The National Institute of Health Loan Repayment Programs (NIH LRP) are a set of programs designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers.
Funding Agency Updates 2018

INVO Practicum Internship Applications Now Open

October 22, 2018
Innovation and New Ventures (INVO) at Northwestern University is seeking graduate students and postdocs interested in intellectual property and commercialization for their internship program. The INVO Practicum is an unpaid internship open to all Northwestern graduate students and postdocs who are interested in learning more about the technology transfer process as well as being exposed to the vast areas of innovation at Northwestern.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

CIRTL Presents: How Can We Interrupt and Mitigate Implicit Bias When We Witness It?

October 22, 2018
Join other Northwestern graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff on-campus as we learn how to interrupt and mitigate implicit bias through this event organized by the Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network. The Evanston and Chicago Campus viewing events are sponsored by CIRTL at Northwestern and the Chicago Women in STEM Initiative.
Announcements 2018

Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Scientists as Educators Program - University of Florida (Online)

October 15, 2018
Learn strategies and build skills with a new University of Florida credential. The new and online graduate certificate in biomedical scientists as educators program will help you develop the essential skills required to become an instructional leader in any teaching environment - from writing a curriculum to developing a syllabus and teaching philosophy.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

NIH Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research

September 26, 2018
The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NIH Blueprint R25 program is to encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce, to pursue further studies or careers in research
Funding Agency Updates 2018

Save the Date: Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Science Careers

September 26, 2018
Understanding Interventions is hosting its 11th conference on Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Science Careers in Baltimore, MD, March 8-10, 2019.
Announcements 2018

FASEB Hosting Mentoring Webinar

September 26, 2018
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) will be hosting a webinar on September 25 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET, titled “Promoting Good Mentoring in Science Careers.”
Announcements 2018

NINDS Intends to Support Two Research Training Programs (T32s)

September 26, 2018
The NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) posted two notices on intended Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to support advanced predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and fellowship-stage clinicians.
Funding Agency Updates 2018

Data Science Nights - Fall 2018 Kickoff Meeting

September 19, 2018
Data Science Nights are monthly hack nights on popular data science topics, organized by fellows and scholars from the Northwestern Data Science Initiative.
Announcements 2018

"Writing a Killer Faculty Application" Workshop - Rutgers University

September 19, 2018
Getting a faculty position begins with the application. While many graduate students and postdocs are familiar with how to put together a cover letter and a CV, the research and teaching statements can be trickier. At this workshop, they will go over what makes a good packet, provide examples, and help you with your application whether you have anything written or not.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

“Creating and Owning Your Individual Development Plan (IDP)” CIRTL Online Workshop

September 19, 2018
Craft a robust IDP draft and action plan by learning the components of successful, sustainable plans in this two-part online workshop offered through the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL).
Announcements 2018

Introduction to STEM Teaching Course and Learning Community, CIRTL at Northwestern

September 19, 2018
Learn about evidence-based STEM teaching through this 8-week online course and an on-campus learning community offered through CIRTL at Northwestern.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

Mentored Discussions of Teaching (MDT), CIRTL at Northwestern

September 19, 2018
Observe and meet with faculty to discuss their approaches to teaching and learning through this flexible quarter-long program offered through CIRTL at Northwestern.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

Introduction to STEM Teaching Course and Learning Community

September 16, 2018
Learn about evidence-based STEM teaching through an 8-week online course and an on-campus learning community offered through the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) at Northwestern. This 8-week program is flexible and designed to accommodate the busy lives of graduate students and postdocs.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

Navigating the Research Enterprise Faculty Development Seminar Series

August 31, 2018
Navigating the Research Enterprise is an annual faculty and development seminar series for early-career faculty and postdoctoral fellows. The sessions highlight tools and resources for navigating the research enterprise as well as strategies for building a successful research career. The upcoming series will run from September 10 through December 17, 2018.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

Limited Submission Funding Opportunity: NIMHD Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training (MHRT) Program (T37)

August 15, 2018
The purpose of the MHRT program is to develop and/or enhance a research training program that allows for both domestic and international training opportunities for eligible individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research workforce, and who are interested in careers in these areas of minority health and health disparities research.
Announcements 2018

Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health

August 08, 2018
Applications for the Northwestern Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health (TL1) are now being accepted. The program provides postdoctoral fellows in pediatrics, engineering, and data science who are interested in solving child health problems with mentoring, protected research time, and other resources and training that are key to successful research.
Announcements 2018

NIH-Funded Faculty Workshop: Mentoring Your Trainees in Scientific Communication Skills

July 31, 2018
As a mentor of a doctoral student or postdoctoral fellow in STEM research, you are invited to participate in an interactive 3-hour workshop on helping your trainees develop verbal and written scientific communication skills.
Announcements 2018

NIAID T32 and T35 Training Grants Maximum Number of Trainee Slots

July 30, 2018
Beginning fiscal year 2019 (FY19), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) will limit the total number of predoctoral and/or postdoctoral training slots.
Funding Agency Updates 2018

iBiology: Using Internships to Explore Careers and Make Decisions

July 20, 2018
Dr. Alexandra Schnoes discusses how internships could be a good way for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to explore career options in two iBiology videos.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

NIH BEST: Exposure to Multiple Career Pathways by Biomedical Doctoral Students

July 20, 2018
A study published in PLOS One discusses the outcomes of an NIH Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) program at Wayne State University.
Announcements 2018

Save The Date: Training Grant Directors Meeting on September 18

July 20, 2018
The next Training Grant Directors Meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 18, from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
Announcements 2018

NIH Resources for Rigor and Reproducibility

July 20, 2018
An NIH advisory council was charged with recommending ways to further enhance reproducibility of funded research, while being informed by the current policy. The group noted that many training resources are available to assist investigators with mixed-method research, methodology, and experimental design.
Announcements 2018

NUPF Presents: 2018 Current Research & Future Career Symposium

July 19, 2018
NUPF is partnering with the Bioprofessionals Career Development Program, the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, and the Northwestern Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to bring you the 2018 Current Research & Future Career Symposium. The Symposium is open to all postdocs and graduate students in any discipline at Northwestern.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

Recently Funded Training Grant Programs

June 28, 2018
Congratulations to the following faculty and their teams on their recently funded training grant programs:
Announcements 2018

NIAID Policy for T32 and T35 Competing Renewal Application Submissions

June 28, 2018
NIH Notice Number: NOT-AI-18-040 outlines guidelines for T32 and T35 competing renewal applications.
Funding Agency Updates 2018

JAMA: Supporting the Next Generation of Biomedical Researchers

June 28, 2018
Ron Daniels, JD, LLM, president of Johns Hopkins, and Victor Dzau, MD, president of the National Academy of Medicine, published a JAMA article on the “Next Generation of Biomedical Researchers.”
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

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

June 21, 2018
IGE projects will generate potentially transformative models for improvements in graduate education that prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers for the full range of possible STEM career paths to advance the nation's STEM enterprise. Faculty members interested in applying with Northwestern as the lead or as a partner institution are required to submit a letter of intent (LOI) by July 9th.
Announcements 2018

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

June 12, 2018
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.
Announcements 2018

Data Science and Programming Summer Workshop Series

June 04, 2018
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. 
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

Recent NIH Training Award Notices

May 30, 2018
The NIH has posted several notices for small changes to various training awards. Please click the links below to learn more.
Announcements 2018

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

May 29, 2018
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.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

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

May 22, 2018
The 2018 Current Research and Future Careers Symposium will held on the Chicago Campus on August 30 .
Announcements 2018

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

May 14, 2018
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.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

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

May 14, 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.
Funding Agency Updates 2018

New T32 Funded Training Program for Postdocs

May 08, 2018
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.
Announcements 2018

Harvard GSAS Science Policy Group Minisymposium on Reproducibility

April 30, 2018
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.”
Announcements 2018

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

April 30, 2018
An NIH blog post by Hannah Valantine, PhD, discusses the power of collaboration in developing a diverse and inclusive biomedical workforce.
Announcements 2018

Science: The Core Traits of Career Success

April 30, 2018
An article in Science discusses the traits that make a good scientist, some of which are often overlooked.
Announcements 2018

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

April 30, 2018
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.
Announcements 2018

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

April 30, 2018
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.
Announcements 2018

2018 GREAT Group Annual Meeting

April 30, 2018
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.
Announcements 2018

Chicago Communicating Science Conference (ComSciCon-Chicago)

April 30, 2018
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.
Announcements 2018

Bioprofessionals: Pathway to the Professoriate

April 27, 2018
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.
Announcements 2018

Job Offer Negotiation Workshop

April 26, 2018
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. 
Announcements 2018

NAS Report Release on the Next Generation of Researchers

April 12, 2018
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is hosting a release of its report, “Next Generation of Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences Researchers: Breaking Through.”
Announcements 2018

NSF: Educating the Future STEM Workforce

April 12, 2018
The National Science Foundation is seeking to support projects on STEM education in the six NSF Big Ideas.
Announcements 2018

Registration Open: Train the Trainers Program

March 28, 2018
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! 
Announcements 2018

New NSF Account Management and Registration Process

March 28, 2018
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.
Funding Agency Updates 2018

New NIGMS T32 FOA Webinar Slides Available

March 28, 2018
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.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows

March 28, 2018
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.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

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

March 23, 2018
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.
Announcements 2018

xTRACT Anticipated to be Required in Fiscal Year 2020

March 23, 2018
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. 
Announcements 2018

NIH Seeks Comments on Lab Animal Policies

March 23, 2018
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.
Announcements 2018

The Data Incubator

March 22, 2018
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.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

Grantsmanship for the Research Professional Course

March 20, 2018
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. 
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

WISER Spring Symposium

March 19, 2018
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.
Announcements 2018

Exploring Intersectionality: A Panel Discussion with SACNAS & QPGSA

March 19, 2018
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.
Announcements 2018

Career Fair: American Association for Cancer Research

March 16, 2018
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.
Announcements 2018

Training Grant Data Collection Survey Available

February 28, 2018
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.
Announcements 2018

GRAND Spring Conference Registration Open

February 26, 2018
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.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

Assessing Research and Education

February 26, 2018
Several articles discuss innovations in how research and training are judged.
Announcements 2018

BEST Roadshow Workshops Available

February 26, 2018
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.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

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

February 26, 2018
The NIH released a Research Education Program (R25) funding announcement that supports educational activities to enhance the training of the biomedical workforce.
Announcements 2018

Training Grant Directors Meeting Notes Available

February 26, 2018
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.
Announcements 2018

New FOA Numbers for NRSA Fellowships Released

February 26, 2018
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.
2018

Limited Submission Funding Opportunity NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)

February 26, 2018
Read more about this funding opportunity and how to apply!
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

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

February 19, 2018
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.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

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

February 19, 2018
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.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

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

February 19, 2018
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.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

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

February 19, 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.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

Computational Research Day 2018

February 16, 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.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

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

February 16, 2018
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!
Announcements 2018

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

February 08, 2018
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.
Funding Agency Updates 2018

NIAAA To Participate in NIH Parent T32 and Parent T35 Awards

February 08, 2018
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).
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity Revised

January 31, 2018
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).
Funding Agency Updates 2018

TGS Seeking Participants for Committee for Outreach for Individuals with Disabilities

January 31, 2018
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.
Announcements 2018

NIH Clinical and Translational Research Course for PhD Students

January 31, 2018
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.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

AAMC Released Statement on Continuing Resolution

January 31, 2018
The AAMC released a statement on the fourth Continuing Resolution, which extends current funding to February 8.
Funding Agency Updates 2018

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Guidance for Trainees Program and Travel Grant

January 31, 2018
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is soliciting proposals for two programs.
Opportunities for Trainees 2018

Grant Application Instruction Correction for Training Grants with Human Subjects Involvement

January 29, 2018
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).
Funding Agency Updates 2018

Reminder: New NSF Policies Take Effect Soon

January 29, 2018
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."
Funding Agency Updates 2018

Upcoming Training Grant Directors Meeting – February 1st

January 29, 2018
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).
Announcements 2018

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

January 24, 2018
Applications are currently being accepted for the National Cancer Institute’s Graduate Student Recruiting Program (GSRP).
Announcements 2018

Research Safety Student Initiative Hosting Safety Awareness Week

January 22, 2018
The Research Safety Student Initiative (RSSI) is hosting its first Safety Awareness Week on February 19 – 23 to promote awareness of research safety.
Announcements 2018

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Town Hall

January 18, 2018
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.
Funding Agency Updates 2018

Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health

January 18, 2018
The Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health (TL1) Award is now accepting applications for a tentative July 1, 2018 start date.
Announcements 2018