Applications Open for 2021 NCI Technology Transfer Ambassadors Program (TTAP)
This hybrid training/mentoring immersion program offers postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to augment their current research activities with 5-8 hours/week hands-on training in biomedical invention development, commercialization, and entrepreneurship.
The TTAP was developed at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Technology Transfer Center, which services the technology transfer needs for NCI as well as 9 other institutes, including NICHD.
More information about the program, as well as a pre-recorded information session, can be found at https://techtransfer.cancer.gov/aboutttc/ambassadors. Questions can be directed to TT_Ambassadors@mail.nih.gov.
If you are interested in joining the TTAP, download the application from the website and return with the requested materials to TT_Ambassadors@mail.nih.gov by Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
Gain Programming Skills while Teleworking from Home
During this time of extended telework, the NICHD’s Bioinformatics and Scientific Programming Core (BSPC) is offering to help fellows gain valuable programming and data analysis skills. BSPC can provide several resources for learning the R programming language as well as develop custom learning plans using online resources to meet specific learning goals. If you are interested in programming and data analysis, please contact Dr. Ryan Dale at email@example.com.
Call for Submissions!
Behind the Mask: Real Stories from NIH Staff About Life During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Since January 2020, COVID-19 has impacted the NIH community in many ways—from researching and providing information about the disease, to developing therapeutics and vaccines, to caring for patients in the Clinical Center, to re-configuring the ways we perform our jobs. To preserve this important period in NIH history, the Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum has initiated “Behind the Mask: Real Stories from NIH Staff About Life During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The project is seeking personal reflections about how those who work at NIH have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic and is collecting documents, photos, objects, and other types of media that will help narrate the story of COVID-19. Materials in languages other than English, such as Spanish, will be accepted.
To learn more about the project and to participate, visit: https://history.nih.gov/display/history/Behind+the+Mask.
NEXT MONTH: Friday, November 13, Annual NICHD DIR & DIPHR Joint Scientific Retreat
Please mark your calendars for the annual NICHD DIR & DIPHR Joint Scientific Retreat which will be held virtually this year on Friday, November 13. More information coming soon!
Call for Retreat Posters
Registration for poster presentations at the NICHD DIR & DIPHR Scientific Retreat is now open at https://dir.nichd.nih.gov/dirweb/login.html. The deadline for poster registration is Friday, October 30th.
- Since this year’s posters will be virtual, there are no limits to the number of posters a lab may submit. Please get approval from your PI prior to submitting.
- Any member of a lab may present a poster.
- Posters will be made available on a website for colleagues to view November 13 through November 20. There will be no live poster presentations.
- Posters may be presented in one of two ways: either by (1) uploading the poster itself, or (2) uploading a 2-3 minute video of you presenting the poster. Your contact information will be displayed along with the poster so colleagues can contact you by email if they have questions or want to hear more about your work.
Thank you all for contributing to the occasion!
2020 Retreat Organizing Committee
- Jessica Gleason, PhD, MPH
- Anshika Jain, PhD
- Tonja Nansel, PhD
- Gigi Storz, PhD
NEW! NICHD Virtual Grant Writing Workshop
Thursday, November 19 & Friday, November 20
Led by Dr. Cedric Williams (Professor, University of Virginia), this two-day virtual workshop will lay the foundation on how to develop research ideas, identify the right experiments to answer specific questions, and determine how to strengthen existing proposals to address significant biomedical problems. Fellows will also participate in small-group discussions focused on reading, evaluating, and providing feedback on their materials.
Developing Ideas for Meaningful Grant Proposals (Thursday, November 19, 2 – 5 p.m.)
In this seminar, Dr. Williams will focus on developing comprehensive research proposals, with an emphasis on content, format, and range of information needed for well-written proposals that successfully address intellectual merit and overall impact. There will also be ample time for questions and dynamic group discussions.
Hands-On Workshop: Integrating Proposal Development with Review and Evaluation (Friday, November 20, 10 a.m. – 12 noon; 1 – 3 p.m.)
This workshop will build on ideas from Day 1, with specific focus on idea generation, grant writing clarity and integrating feedback/evaluation in order to improve your proposals. Participants will break into small groups to evaluate and discuss ideas, building clarity on the following:
- General statement of research plan
- Variables to be manipulated
- Outcome variables
- Methods necessary to accomplish research objectives
- Significance of research project
Please contact Ms. Monica Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register for this workshop.