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Meixner Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Research

Fellowships to USA, Canada and International Postdoc
Scientists for Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Autism Speaks

LOI Date:

01/12/16

Deadline Date:

03/16/16 8:00 PM EST

Description:

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Fellowships of up to $64,000 per year to USA, Canada and International promising, well-qualified postdoctoral scientists pursuing training in translational research in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). LOIs are due by January 12. The program is open to applicants from public or private institutions doing preclinical or clinical research.

Applicants are expected to detail a project that bridges basic laboratory research and behavioral or biomedical clinical research, and must include a training plan that includes mentoring in both basic and clinical research environments.

Each Meixner Fellowship is awarded for a period of three years and includes both a competitive stipend (see below), and a $10,000 annual allowance intended to cover professional conference travel, research costs and supplies, and/or fringe benefits. Indirect costs are not allowed. Stipend ranges can be found below. The second and third year’s stipend will be raised to the next level, with the year 3 level being the maximum.

The postdoctoral fellowship stipend level will be determined by the number of years of postdoctoral experience at the time of the award to a maximum of $64,000 per year. Fellows are permitted to obtain additional awards or grants to cover research expenses only. Fellows may not hold any other award or grant that supplements their stipend.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162773

Estimated Size of Grant:

Stipend:
-0 Years of Experience: $42,800.
-1 Years of Experience: $44,500.
-2 Years of Experience: $46,000.
-3 Years of Experience: $48,000.
-4 Years of Experience: $50,000.
-5 Years of Experience: $52,000.
-6 Years of Experience: $54,000.

Fellows will also receive an additional $10,000 annual allowance intended to cover professional conference travel, research costs and supplies, and/or fringe benefits.

Term of Contract:

The fellowships are for 3 years and may start no earlier than Fall 2016.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Institutions:

Applicants at US and non-US nonprofit and for-profit institutions are eligible for this program. These entities include, but are not limited to, colleges, universities, hospitals, governmental entities, and for-profit research and development entities (e.g. biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies).

Collaborative projects between public and private entities that diversify the training experience of the applicant are acceptable and encouraged. The site(s) where the applicant will conduct or participate in research training activities for the project must be clearly described in the individualized development plan.

Projects involving for-profit entities require a letter from an authorized company representative declaring that the applicant’s work can and will be published, and that publication will not be delayed because of proprietary issues.

Postdoctoral Fellows:

The candidate must hold an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree, and cannot have more than 5 years of postdoctoral experience at the commencement of the award. The selected postdoctoral fellow must spend at least 80% of his/her professional time engaged exclusively on the fellowship research activities for the duration of the award. The fellow may not simultaneously serve in an internship or residency, hold a tenure-track faculty appointment, or hold another named fellowship award during the support period. Postdoctoral training in the laboratory where the applicant received his/her graduate degree will not be reviewed.

Mentors:

A primary mentor and 1-2 secondary mentors must be identified prior to applying for the translation research fellowship. One mentor must be a basic science researcher, and one must be a clinician scientist. All mentors must have Ph.D. and/or M.D. degrees and be scientific investigators with primary appointments at academic, public or private research institutions (e.g., tenured, tenure-track, or equivalent). They need to have a record of conducting high quality research, including a minimum of 1-2 peer-reviewed publications within the past 2 years in the field of the applicant’s research project. Prior mentoring experience and adjunct appointments will be considered and must be briefly described in the mentor’s Biosketch.

If the principal affiliation of the primary mentor is a for-profit institution, then the applicant is strongly encouraged to choose at least one secondary mentor whose chief appointment is at a nonprofit college, university, hospital or other research institution including governmental entities. Statements of commitment and confidential letters of recommendation from all mentors must be included with the LOI and application respectively (see 2.f under “Completing the LOI” and 15 under “Complete the full application”).

In addition, all mentors must sign the IDP that the Fellow candidate prepares (see section 5 below). Multidisciplinary mentoring is required for this program, and the IDP will be evaluated for how well basic and clinical mentoring experiences are integrated to yield robust training in ASD translational research.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
-Letter of Intent: January 12, 2016, 8:00 PM (U.S. Eastern Time)
-Letter of Intent decisions: Within 10 days of the Letter of Intent due date
-Recommendations due: March 11, 2016 by 8:00 PM (ET)
-Application due: March 16, 2016 by 8:00 PM (ET)

Other Important Dates (subject to change):
-Peer review panels: Spring 2016 Notification: Summer 2016
-Earliest Grant start date: early Fall 2016

Applications are strictly limited to one per postdoctoral fellow or mentor per review cycle. Multiple submissions will be returned.

All applications must be submitted through the web-based Autism Speaks Science Grants System: https://science.grants.autismspeaks.org

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Joan L. New, Grants Manager (for Scientific Research Grants)
(609) 228-7313
jnew@autismspeaks.org

Autism Speaks
1060 State Road, 2nd Floor
Princeton, NJ 08540

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