Research and Funding for Postdocs

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CTSI (Clinical and Translational Science Institute)

To prepare and nurture future health researchers, the CTSI offers multidisciplinary training programs. The CTSI undertakes transformational initiatives and provides services and resources to facilitate health research in any disease area and to advance knowledge across the translational spectrum – from laboratories to health-care settings to the public health and policy arenas, and back again.

Responsible Conduct of Research

  Plan for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research from the UF Office of Research (.pdf)

Information on RCR Courses on Office of Research Site

RCR Workshops:

Responsible Conduct of Research in STEM (UF Libraries Workshops)

RCR Courses: 

GMS 7003:  Responsible Conduct of Biomedical Research

VME 6767:  Issues in the Responsible Conduct of Research

New Grant Registration System

The System for Award Management (SAM) is combining federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. This consolidation is being done in phases. The first phase of SAM includes the functionality from the following systems:

  • Central Contractor Registry (CCR)
  • Federal Agency Registration (Fedreg)
  • Online Representations and Certifications Application
  • Excluded Parties List System (EPLS)

The SAM website is available here:

Research Opportunities for Postdocs

NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)

(1) Broadening Participation in Biology; (2) Intersections of Biology and Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Engineering; (3) National Plant Genome Initiative Postdoctoral Research Fellowships; and (4) International Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology.

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NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF)

The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in two tracks: (i) Broadening Participation (SPRF-BP), and (ii) Interdisciplinary Research in Behavioral and Social Sciences (SPRF-IBSS). See the full text of the solicitation for detailed description of these tracks.

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Cancer Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

The Irvington Institute Fellowship Program of the Cancer Research Institute, formerly the Cancer Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, answers the need for more researchers in the field of cancer immunology. It supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in cancer immunology. A panel of scientists drawn from our Scientific Advisory Council rigorously evaluates each candidate, the intended sponsor and training environment, and the nature and feasibility of the proposed project.

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Keck Graduate Institute Corporate Postdoctoral Residency Program

The Keck Graduate Institute has just launched a new Corporate Postdoctoral Residency Program with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. The program offers a very unique opportunity for recent PhD graduates or Postdocs to gain knowledge and experience in bioscience management and the life science industry.
The residency program is a 24-month corporate experience and networking opportunity that is unsurpassed for postdoctoral researchers interested in opportunities in the life sciences industry.

The program sequence consists of:

  • Spring enrollment (January 2013 Start) in the Postdoctoral Professional Masters(PPM) program at Keck Graduate Institute; a 9-month accredited masters program that helps PhDs acquire the business and management skills needed to pursue either R&D or management careers within the life sciences industry. For more information on the PPM program please click here.
  • A paid summer internship at Regeneron in Tarrytown, New York.
  • Upon completion of the PPM degree, the postdoctoral residents return to Regeneron, in New York, to participate in a 1-year residency program in one of the following groups: Regulatory, Program Management, or Process Development (placement is based on experience and fit). Please visit our website to find a detailed job description.
  • The application deadline is September 11th, 2012. An application consists of the following:
  • A cover letter addressed to Regeneron citing your interest in the specific job position that you are applying for. (Separate cover letters if you are applying for more than one position.)
  • A completed application form to the PPM program. Click here to begin the application
  • A resume

This year Regeneron offers three residents positions:

  • KGI Corporate Postdoctoral Residency Program - Regulatory Associate
  • KGI Corporate Postdoctoral Residency Program - Preclinical Manufacturing and Process Development
  • KGI Corporate Postdoctoral Residency Program - Project Associate II

For more information about the positions, the application process or information about the PPM program please check the website:
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Submitted by Yvonne Klaue, Keck Graduate Institute

NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/ROO)

The Pathway to Independence (PI) Award is designed to facilitate a timely transition from a mentored postdoctoral research position to a stable independent research position with independent NIH or other independent research support at an earlier stage than is currently the norm. The PI award will provide up to 5 years of support consisting of two phases. The initial phase will provide 1-2 years of mentored support for postdoctoral research scientists. This phase will be followed by up to 3 years of independent support contingent on securing an independent tenure-track or equivalent research position.

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LAM Foundation Post Doctoral Fellowship Awards

The LAM Foundation is the largest funder of LAM research, outside of the National Institutes of Health.  The Foundation has committed over $10 million to LAM research, the majority of which has supported 102 peer-reviewed grants and translational projects.  LAM Foundation-funded scientists reported several major discoveries, including evidence that LAM is genetic, the identification of a LAM gene, and a molecular explanation for abnormal smooth muscle cell growth in LAM.  This data led to the identification of a therapy for LAM called sirolimus, or rapamycin, with clinical trial results published in the April 2011 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).  Several additional molecular targets have been identified, many of which are addressable with drugs that are FDA-approved for other indications.

LAM Post Doctoral Fellowship Awards

These awards provide a maximum of $50,000 per year, renewable for up to two additional years. More than 50 percent of the funds must be used for fellow salary support, and the maximum fellow salaries allowed are based on NIH guidelines for postdoctoral fellows. The balance of the funds may be used for fringe benefits, supplies or animal costs. No overhead or indirect costs are provided. Funds not spent are to be returned to The LAM Foundation at the end of each funding year.

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Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Development Grants

Development Grants are awarded to young researchers on the brink of becoming independent investigators, and are intended as seed money to help launch the scientific programs of promising new neuromuscular disease researchers. Development Grants are for $60,000 per year for 1-3 years. As their science advances, many recipients of Development Grants apply for and receive research support under the Research Grant program. Many have become SAC or MAC members.

MDA will consider an application for a research grant from a candidate who may be a member of a research team in the laboratory of an independent investigator (Principal Investigator) under whose guidance the applicant will be given flexibility to conduct a neuromuscular disease research project.

American Heart Association Funding Opportunities for Scientists

The American Heart Association funds research broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. The association supports research in clinical and basic sciences, bioengineering, biotechnology and public health.

National program investigators are also encouraged to submit applications related to obesity, women and heart disease, and resuscitation. No specific percent or dollar amount of national research funds has been set aside for these focused research areas. Proposals will go through the customary peer review process with fundability determined by peer review criteria, independent of the science areas of interest.

Kauffman Foundation Grants

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation focuses grant making and operations on two areas — educational achievement and entrepreneurial success — which founder, Ewing Kauffman, believed were critical in developing self-sufficient people and a vibrant economy and society.

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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany. Whether you are a young postdoctoral researcher at the beginning of your academic career, an experienced, established academic, or even a world authority in your discipline - our research fellowships and research awards offer you sponsorship tailored to you and to your career situation.

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Resource: NSF 2014 Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biology Administrative Guide

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology (PRFB) Program awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology. Additional information on the program may be found at

This Guide outlines the administrative policies and procedures for Fellows and PRFB Institutions and incorporates all policies found in the Fellowship Offer Letter and the annual PRFB Program Solicitation. This guide does not supersede the award letter terms and conditions. The current Guide applies to the 2014 Fellowship year forward, unless otherwise noted or superseded by an updated version.

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