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Indiana CTSI Postdoctoral Training Awards in Translational Research – applications due Feb. 7

Jan. 10, 2014

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute is seeking applicants for postdoctoral training awards in translational research.

Funding is for two years with the second year of funding contingent upon review and demonstration of satisfactory progress. Benefits include salary support as well as health insurance. This award is available to postdoctoral fellows only.

Funded research projects must translational in nature. Applicants must also identify two faculty investigators mentors from at least two different disciplines, preferably a clinician or clinician-scientist and a basic or non-clinician PhD scientist. Trainees will be required to attend a National Clinical and Translational Science Association meeting and present at several Indiana CTSI gatherings during the academic year.

Translational research refers to what is popularly termed "bench to bedside," the process by which research in the lab "translates" into patient treatment. Translation may involve applying discoveries made during research (in the lab, through animal studies, etc.) to the development of clinical trials and studies in humans, or carrying out research aimed at enhancing the adoption of best practices, or both.

These two types of translational research are usually described as consisting of either “T1 research,” or basic biomedical research, such as study disease at a molecular or cellular level as it progresses to the development of new treatment options at the clinical level and “T2 research,” or enhancing access to and the adoption of evidence-based strategies in clinical and community practice, institutionalizing programs, products and services to improve health.

Candidates must have started their current positions no earlier than Jan. 27, 2011, and no later than July 27, 2013. The application process mirrors an abbreviated NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32). Applicants are encouraged to apply for the F32 during their first year of support. More information on the NRSA program is available from the National Institutes of Health.

Criteria for application include a Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution and status as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. These postdoctoral fellowships may not be used to support studies leading to the MD, DO, DDS, DVM, or similar health-professional degree. Neither may these awards be used to support the clinical years of residency training.

Applications are due Friday, Feb. 7. To apply, visit www.indianactsi.org/grants and log in using your institutional username and password.

Applications instructions are under "CTSI Predoctoral Training Awards in Translational Research - 2014.02 (TL1)."

Interested candidates who need assistance identifying an appropriate co-mentor should contact the Indiana CTSI research navigator at their home institution. IU School of Medicine faculty members should contact Tammy Sajdyk, Ph.D. at 317-278-7488 or tsajdyk@iu.edu. Bloomington-based faculty members should contact Yvonne Lai, Ph.D., at 206-679-2032 or yylai@indiana.edu.

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