A competitive internal funding opportunity for NICHD postdoctoral and clinical fellows.
The purpose of this research award is to promote grant writing among our intramural fellows while enhancing awareness of various application components for an NIH grant.
These research fellowships are specifically for NICHD intramural fellows within their second and third year of training, preparing them for the process of applying to an NIH grant.
- All NICHD postdocs and clinical fellows can apply regardless of citizenship
- To apply, an NICHD fellow must be in their second or third training year
- If awarded, a fellow cannot reapply for this fellowship
We ask that the application be prepared by the fellow, but the mentor is expected to offer guidance and input throughout the writing process. The SF424 instruction guide (Version E, for fellowships) for NIH grants will provide additional information for all of the required sections, and other specifications can be found at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide.html.
Please note that attending the application training session is a requirement for submission. Led by the Office of Education, the session will cover various parts of an NIH grant and the review process for this fellowship.
For applications that result in an award, the appointed lab will receive $25K for one fiscal year, towards the fellow’s stipend and equipment and/or travel to a scientific conference related to their proposed work.
Up to four fellowships will be awarded depending on funding availability.
- Applications will be electronically reviewed by a panel of our Board of Scientific Counselors.
- Along with comments, reviewers will provide an individual score for the following three criteria: the candidate (biosketch), the research training plan (specific aims, significance, and approach), and the mentor’s statement of support.
- The reviewers will also be asked to provide a summary of their thoughts for each application. Preliminary data for the proposed project are not required, but are highly encouraged.
- The NIH scoring system will be adapted, using the entire scale (1-9), with a score of 5 being a good, medium-impact application.
- Appointed by the BSC Chair, two reviewers will be assigned to each application and the overall impact score will be calculated by averaging all of the criterion scores and multiplying the result by 10 to determine the final score.
Important Dates for 2019
- Training Session for Potential Applicants: June 10
- Official Submissions: September 9
- Reviewer identification: September 9 - October 11
- Review period: October 11 – December 6
- Final Decisions Announced by December 20 for FY2020
To apply, applicants must submit a single PDF file of the following documents to the Office of Education, NICHD
Biographical sketch for the fellow (NIH format, 3 page limit)
Specific Aims for 1 year of training (NIH format, 1 page limit)
Budget Justification (1 page limit)
- Provide a detailed budget in relation to the proposed research, for 1 year of training, including equipment, travel/training, and stipend cost.
(a) Equipment: any laboratory equipment that is not already available to conduct the proposed work, with a justification for each. List the estimated cost of each item, including shipping and any maintenance costs.
(b) Travel/Training: A description of one scientific conference and/or one training activity (include purpose, location, dates, total estimated cost), and how it will enhance your research and/or career training experiences at NICHD.
(c) Trainee Support Cost: State the allotment of funds for your annual stipend
Significance and Approach (NIH format, 4 page limit)
- Significance: Does the project address an important problem in the field? How will scientific and medical knowledge and technical capability be improved?
- Approach: Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project?
- References Cited should be a separate document, and it is not included in the four-page limit
Statement of Support from the NICHD mentor (1 page limit)
- In one page or less, discuss the qualities and research potential of the candidate. The letter should describe in detail the fellow’s commitment to their training and its relationship with their career goals. The mentor should also describe the research environment, available facilities and resources required, and equally discuss their commitment to the proposed research training and the career goals of the fellow.
An application with missing or incomplete documentation will not move forward for review.