Have you ever read an announcement and thought to yourself, I wish I had known about this sooner! Let’s try to prevent that. Check out some of the NICHD-specific training opportunities, awards, and seminars for 2023 below—and make a plan. Future you will thank you.

Three-Minute Talks (TmT) Competition 2023

This is a competition among intramural trainees to communicate, in three minutes or less, the substance of their research and its significance to improving human health—in such a way that can be understood by a broad scientific audience. Intramural fellows (postbacs, graduate students, postdocs, and clinical fellows) can enter the competition by completing a submission form (using the link below) by Friday, January 27, 2023.

Up to 10 fellows will be invited as NICHD semifinalists to compete for these science communication honors. All participants will receive professional coaching for oral presentation skills. See the January announcements for the full program timeline and visit the NICHD TmT Competition website for more details.

NICHD Early Career Awards

Postdoctoral fellows, research fellows, and clinical fellows in the NICHD Divisions of Intramural Research and Population Health Research are eligible to apply for the Early Career Awards. The Early Career Awards program aims to support proposals that benefit the career development of the applicant. Applications must be submitted by Monday, January 16, 2023, in order to be considered. See the January announcements for more information.

Intramural Research Fellowships

This is a competitive internal funding opportunity for NICHD postdoctoral and clinical fellows in their second or third year of training. 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. Applications are typically due around the beginning of September.

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. The training session is typically held in June (via Zoom). More information about this award program can be found online at Intramural Research Fellowships.

NICHD Fellows Intramural Grants Supplement (FIGS) Award

The objective of the NICHD FIGS program is to encourage fellows in the DIR to apply for competitive funding from intramural NIH or outside organizations and agencies, in order to develop their skills in grantsmanship, and in support of their career development. Award recipients are also contributing to the DIR by bringing in additional funding and resources, and as such merit recognition from the Institute.

More information about the application process can be found on the FIGS Wiki, and a list of funding opportunities for NIH Intramural fellows is available from the NICHD Office of Education.

NICHD Annual Postbac Seminar Series: Professional Development and Career Exploration

This series enriches the research experience of NICHD postbac fellows and prepares postbacs for their chosen career paths. Meetings occur (virtually) on Wednesdays, from 1 to 2 p.m. See the January announcements for additional details and a schedule of upcoming topics.

The NICHD DIR Tenure-Track Investigator Virtual Symposia Series

This series provides tenure-track investigators within NICHD the opportunity to organize a virtual mini-symposium to showcase their area of science to the NICHD DIR and larger NIH intramural community. Symposia are held monthly on the second Thursday of the month at 1 p.m., and are open to all NIH faculty, trainees, and staff. Upcoming topics include:

January 12, 2023Axon biology in health and diseaseDr. Claire Le Pichon
February 16, 2023Consequences of fetal growth restriction: child neurodevelopmental and postnatal growth outcomesDr. Katie Grantz
March 9, 2023Bedside to Bench in Vascular AnomaliesDr. Sarah Sheppard
April 13, 2023Disentangling host-microbe interactions through the analysis of high dimensional multi-omics dataDr. Jamie Morton