OSP FO# 11-251

AGENCY: The Medical Foundation/Charles A. King Trust

PROGRAM: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Basic Sciences and Clinical/Health Services Research

OBJECTIVES: This program supports basic scientists in the later stages of their postdoctoral research training and clinical or health services research scientists in the early to mid-stages of their research careers. The primary goal of the program is to prepare postdoctoral fellows for an academic career as a successful independent investigator.

Basic Science Research fellowships support all research disciplines in the biomedical fields. Clinical/Health Services Research fellowships support such areas as: physiological research, behavioral science and health education research, translational research (the application of bench research to patient care), epidemiological research, health policy, and outcomes research.

Research may take place in a broad range of settings including community sites. The program encourages synergy between basic science and clinical research by funding projects that narrow the physical and intellectual distance between laboratory-based and clinical research efforts. The program also seeks to impact public health by supporting researchers with an interest in and commitment to population health issues. Research projects involving animal models are not eligible in the Clinical/Health Services Research fellowship category.

Please see the program announcement below for further program information.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: United States Citizenship is not required. Degrees obtained outside the United States must be equivalent to the M.D., Ph.D. or other doctoral degree. Candidates must be working in an academic or medical research institution in the state of Massachusetts. All candidates must apply for the fellowships under the guidance of a Mentor who is an established investigator with an active, productive research program. The Mentor must be engaged in the planning, execution and supervision of the proposed research. Each Mentor may submit only one fellowship candidate per application cycle.

Basic Science Candidates — By July 1, 2012, Basic Science fellowship candidates holding the Ph.D., M.D., D.M.D., M.D./Ph.D. or comparable degrees, must have completed at least three years and no more than five years of full-time postdoctoral experience. Eligible candidates will have begun their full-time work between July 1, 2007 and July 1, 2009. Candidates must commit at least 90% time to research.

Clinical/Health Services Candidates (without clinical responsibilities) — By July 1, 2012, Clinical/Health Services Research fellowship candidates holding the Ph.D. or other degrees without any clinical responsibilities must have completed at least three years and no more than five years of full-time postdoctoral experience. Eligible candidates will have begun their full-time work between July 1, 2007 and July 1, 2009. Candidates must commit at least 90% time to research.

Clinical/Health Services Research candidates (with clinical responsibilities) — By July 1, 2012, Clinical/Health Services Research fellowship candidates holding the M.D., D.M.D., M.D./Ph.D., Ph.D. or comparable degrees with clinical responsibilities must have completed clinical training and must be enrolled in a postdoctoral fellowship program (although no minimum previous fellowship experience is required, the maximum is five years of full-time postdoctoral experience). Candidates must have protected time of at least 70% to devote to research.

The Mentor’s letter must state the number of years of full-time postdoctoral experience that the Fellow will have completed by July 1, 2012. The Mentor’s signature on the Face Sheet also confirms that all eligibility requirements for Clinical or Basic Science candidates have been satisfied.

DEADLINE:
Online Submission: December 15, 2011; 12pm Eastern
Mailed Submission: December 20, 2011; 5pm Eastern

FUNDING INFORMATION: Approximately 14 two-year grants ranging from $43,500 to $51,000 per year, inclusive of a $2,000 expense allowance, will be awarded. Please see the complete program guidelines for detailed information regarding the calculation of the annual stipend amount. A research allowance of $2,000 per year is offered to defray such awardee expenses as health insurance and travel to scientific meetings. The Fellow and Mentor may elect to use the $2,000 or a portion of it to supplement the Fellow’s salary. This allowance or any portion of it may not be used for institutional overhead or supplies.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Linda Lam
Program Officer 
The Medical Foundation, a division of Health Resources in Action
Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral
Fellowship Program
95 Berkeley Street, #208
Boston, MA 02116
Telephone: (617) 279-2240, ext. 710
Email: LLam@hria.org
Web: http://www.hria.org/tmfservices/tmfgrants/king.html

REMARKS: The complete application process requires an online submission which must be received by Thursday, December 15, 2011, 12pm U.S. Eastern Time AND a mailed submission that must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20, 2011.

Complete program guidelines and application material may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.