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FARE 2022 Travel Award Competition

Submit an abstract for a chance to win a $1,500 travel award

The NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) competition is NOW OPEN. FARE recognizes outstanding scientific research by intramural NIH fellows and graduate students. Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously, and the top 25% of applicants will receive a $1,500 travel award to present their exciting and novel research at a scientific meeting during FY2022 (October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022).

How to Apply:

Submit your abstract online via https://www2.training.nih.gov/transfer/fareapp until March 10, 2021 (5 PM).

Who is eligible:

  • Postdoctoral fellows with less than five years total postdoctoral experience within the NIH intramural research program
  • Pre-doctoral IRTAs performing their doctoral dissertation research at NIH and graduate students in the Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP)

Winners will be announced by August 19, 2021.
For more information, go to www.training.nih.gov/felcom/fare/faqs.
For questions and concerns, contact the FARE 2022 committee at FARE@mail.nih.gov.


Do You Know about the Scientific Interest Group (SIG) Awards?

SIG Awards were introduced to the Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) Competition in 2018 to further recognize and merit the work of FARE awardees, and to provide an opportunity for them to showcase their research to the wider scientific community. The SIG Award involves the selection of a winning abstract from the FARE Competition by participating SIGs that they deem to be of high scientific merit. These awardees are then invited to present their work at one of the SIG meetings.

Congratulations to our two NICHD fellows who received SIG awards during last year’s FARE 2021 competition:


Christopher Rhodes

Dr. Christopher Rhodes (Petros lab)

Single-Cell Genomics Interest Group

“Integration of single cell transcriptomes and chromosome accessibility to detect regulatory elements critical to interneuron development”



Joyce Thompson

Dr. Joyce Thompson (Rocha lab)

Transcription Scientific Interest Group

“Rapid reshuffling of master transcription factors allows exit from plasticity to establish cell-fate”

NICHD FARE 2021 SIG Runners-Up by Interest Group:

Decode Chromatin Interest Group

  • Dr. Joyce Thompson (Rocha lab)

Neurobiology Interest Group

  • Dr. Miranda Marvel (Weinstein lab)
  • Dr. Cole Malloy (Hoffman lab)

Protein Trafficking and Organelle Dynamics Interest Group

  • Dr. Joshua Pemberton (Balla lab)

The Business of Science: Your Guide to Career Success

This month, the NICHD Office of Education is offering a virtual bootcamp training, led by SciPhD, for all fellows and graduate students who are planning their professional career transition.

This training will take place as a series of four live webinars that cover the following:

  • Finding jobs
  • Analyzing job ads to determine your skill match and qualifications
  • Developing experience statements and accomplishments that demonstrate your qualifications
  • Generating a draft formatted targeted resume
  • Preparing for the interview process

Additionally, there will be a virtual networking reception, where you will have the opportunity to meet and speak with representatives from companies that are actively hiring scientists.

Virtual Bootcamp Schedule:

Session 1The Business of Science, Dissecting a Job Ad to Identify Critical Skills, Targeted Resumes, Flamingo Software TrainingTuesday, March 16
9 AM – 12:30 PM
Session 2Technical Literacy, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Behavioral Interview ExerciseWednesday, March 17
9 AM – 1 PM
Session 3Applied Networking, LinkedIn, Networking ReceptionThursday, March 18
12 noon – 4 PM
Session 4Project Management, Negotiating Your Departure with Your PI, Negotiating Salary, Q&AFriday, March 19
9 AM – 1 PM

SciPhD has worked with over 120 institutions since their start, providing support to thousands of academic scientists for their successful transition to their next position.

Each participant will receive their own individual license to the SciPhD online web application Flamingo®, which allows you to put into action the skills you learn in the webinars. Import a job ad, use Flamingo®’s Job Analytics Engine to identify critical skills, and generate a targeted resume.

If you would like to sign up for these live webinar sessions, please contact Ms. Monica Cooper at cooperm@mail.nih.gov.


NIH IPPCR Course Online: Registration Still Open

Interested in expanding your clinical research knowledge base in 2021? Registration for the 2020–2021 NIH Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) course is still open!

This free, self-paced, online course is open for registration until July 1, 2021. Graduate students, clinical fellows and post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to enroll now.

The IPPCR course is a lecture series from thought-leaders around the world covering:

  • Study designs, measurement, and statistics
  • Ethical, legal, monitoring, and regulatory considerations
  • Preparation and implementation of clinical studies
  • Communication of research findings and other topics

To register, please visit the IPPCR website at https://ocr.od.nih.gov/courses/ippcr.html. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Hwang at ippcr2@mail.nih.gov.


NIH PCP Course Online: Registration Still Open

Registration is still open for the 2020–2021 NIH Principles of Clinical Pharmacology (PCP) Course!

The PCP course is a free online lecture series covering the fundamentals of clinical pharmacology as a translational scientific discipline focused on rational drug development and utilization in therapeutics. Topics covered in the course include pharmacokinetics, drug therapy in special populations, drug discovery and development, and pharmacogenomics.

The course is free, self-paced, and entirely online through the PCP website: https://ocr.od.nih.gov/courses/principles-clinical-pharmacology.html.

A certificate of completion is awarded to participants who achieve a passing score on the final exam.

The course will be of interest to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical fellows interested in expanding their pharmacology knowledge base.

For additional information on the course, please visit the website above or contact Rebecca Hwang at odpcp@mail.nih.gov.


SAVE THE DATE: April 22, Take Your Child to Work Day

NIH's 27th Annual Take Your Child to Work Day
Thursday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Virtual Only.

NIH's annual “Take Your Child to Work Day (TYCTWD)” is going VIRTUAL this year.

Over the past 12 months, every day has been “take our children to work.” This event will provide children grades 1–12 an opportunity to see how your efforts contribute to the NIH—our nation's biomedical research agency—and inspire them to explore career paths in science and public service.

Please note this year’s registration timeline:

  • March 16 at 12 noon: Pre-registration (Site opens for you to enter your child/ren's information and preview activities ONLY).
  • March 23 at 12 noon: Registration Phase 1 (Register child/ren for up to 2 limited space activities each).
  • March 30 at 12 noon: Registration Phase 2 (Register child/ren for up to 2 additional limited space activities for a maximum of four limited space activities).

The Office of Research Services, Program and Employee Services is the primary sponsor of TYCTWD 2021. More information can found at the TYCTWD Site. Please email any questions and comments to Take-Your-Child-To-Work@nih.gov.