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Office of Training, Career Development and Workforce Diversity



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Individual Programs

Plus Sign   F31 – Individual NRSA for Diversity PhD Students

  • Application due dates: April 13, August 13, and December 13

    Provides up to five years of support for research training leading to the PhD or equivalent research degree, the combined MD/PhD degree, or another formally combined professional degree and research doctoral degree in biomedical, behavioral, health services, or clinical sciences.

Plus Sign   K01 – NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research

  • Application due dates: February 12, June 12, and October 12

    Provides support and protected time (three years) for promising junior investigators (≤ 3 years in faculty position) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, or behavioral sciences leading to research independence.

Plus Sign   K22 – NINDS Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research

  • Application due dates: February 12, June 12, and October 12

    Provides support for neuroscience researchers with a Ph.D., Ph.D./M.D. or equivalent, who have between 2 and 5 years of postdoctoral research training and who are not in a tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty position. This is a two-phase award that provides a maximum of 5 years of support: up to 3 years of support may be obtained during the advanced postdoctoral training period and up to 3 years of support may be obtained during a subsequent first faculty position.

Plus Sign   Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

  • Provides supplements to existing NIH-funded active grants (see full announcement for specific mechanisms) to improve the diversity of the research workforce by supporting and recruiting students, postdoctorate, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented.

 

Institutional Programs

Plus Sign   NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25)

  • The goal is to support NINDS mission relevant programs to: (1) increase the pool of Ph.D.-level research scientists from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research who are neuroscience researchers (participation is limited to graduate, post-doctoral and/or junior-faculty career levels only); and (2) facilitate career advancement/transition of the participants to the next step of their neuroscience careers. The first receipt date is Jan 25, 2014 – applications are only accepted once a year

Plus Sign   NIH Blueprint initiative “Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (ENDURE)”

  • Aims to raise interest and opportunities in neuroscience research for individuals who are typically underrepresented in the field at the undergraduate level, so that they are prepared to enter and successfully complete neuroscience Ph.D. programs.

Plus Sign   Support to Competitive Research (SCORE) Research Advancement Award (SC1)

  • Fosters the development of faculty at minority serving institutions (MSIs) in order to increase their research competitiveness and promote their transition to non-SCORE external sources of funding.
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Where Are They Now?

Future discoveries that will lead to a reduction in the burden of neurological disorders will require an outstanding cadre of scientists in basic, clinical, and translational research across all segments of society. Here we highlight those outstanding neuroscientists who have taken advantage of the many NINDS diversity programs to become successful researchers in their field.

Dr. Deisre Tshala-Katumbay

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, Portland, Oregon

In 2005, I received a Diversity K01 award from NINDS to help develop my expertise in Neurotoxicology, Experimental Neurology, and Global Health. Under the guidance of my mentor, I immersed myself into challenging technologies to further elucidate the structure-activity requirements for hydrocarbons to induce neurotoxicity, identify markers (proteins) and their respective moieties that appear critically associated with mechanisms of axonal degeneration. My research continues to examine the physicochemical properties of natural/environmental neurotoxicants to probe the pathophysiology of the motor system. For instance, I have been able to deliver small peptides selectively to neurons via retrograde axonal transport and hence, circumventing the hurdles posed the blood brain barrier for drug candidates to reach the nervous system (achievement under US provisional patent).

In 2009, I was awarded an R21 grant from NIEHS to develop a Global Health line of research in relation to cassava cyanogenesis and motor neuron disease. This grant led to the successful submission in 2011 of a R01 grant to continue with this research.   The NINDS-K01 award helped to propel me to positions with both national and international recognition. I currently serve on the NAS (National Academy of Sciences) North American regional committee of IBRO and NIH study sections while pursuing my research lines on mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases

Transition Outcome:  R01 (awarded 2011)

Research Interest:  My current line of research focuses on the complex interactions between diet, environmental factors, and genetic polymorphisms in the pathogenesis of motor system degeneration.  Research findings, publications, and description of global health activities can be found at Tshala-Katumbay Lab.

Contact for Speaker Interest

Email:  tshalad@ohsu.edu

2014 NINDS Grant Writing Workshop for Diverse Researchers

Intensive Workshop on Grant Writing, Preparation and Submission in Neuroscience Research

NINDS provides biannual workshop focused on grant writing to improve the outcomes of the grant submissions from diversity investigators (see previous workshop)

The next workshop will be held July 21 - 22, 2014 at the Double Tree in Bethesda, MD.

Workshop Goals

Enable promising diverse postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty to finalize and highly competitive proposal to the NINDS for neuroscience research (e.g. K22, K01, R01, etc.) by the end of the workshop. We also welcome those NINDS diverse investigators who are currently working on resubmissions of K22, K01 or R01 applications. All participants MUST bring a copy of their draft research plan to the workshop, the goal is to help polish and provide advice on an already written high quality document.

In addition, the meeting will facilitate interaction among minority, disabled and disadvantaged investigators and also the development of scientific networks with established and experienced investigators who will serve as onsite mentors/coaches during the grant development sessions.

Key Dates

  • The application deadline has been extended to April 22, 2014.
  • February 24 - April 22, 2014: Applications to participate in this meeting will be accepted
  • April 14, 2014: All successful applicants notified
  • April 30, 2014: Accepted applicants MUST CONFIRM ATTENDANCE by this date, unconfirmed slots will open to alternates
  • July 21-22, 2012: NINDS Diversity Grant Writing Workshop

***A limited amount of funding is available for travel awards.***

Travel awards (up to $1100) will be available to attendees residing outside of a 50 mile radius of Bethesda, MD.

Selection Criteria

  • All aspects of neuroscience research are eligible; however priority will be given to those research topics that have primary NINDS mission relevance.
  • Participation in this workshop is limited to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents of the U.S. and emphasis will be placed on members of groups that fit NIH diversity definitions (see http://www.ninds.nih.gov/diversity_programs/definitions.htm)

To be considered please send a compiled PDF attachment with all the required items below:

  1. Cover letter (should explain intent to submit the K or R01 submission within 3-8 months after the workshop, describe institutional support and list current funding)
  2. Biosketch/CV
  3. Publication list
  4. Written draft of abstract with specific aims for the potential K or R01 submission (no more than 2 pages)
  5. Letters of support* (see description below)

*Letters of Support

Each applicant is required to obtain at least one letter of support for their application which must be submitted by the following persons:

  1. Department Chair or Division Head in registrant's institution or, if senior trainee, in institution where faculty position is anticipated. The letter of support should contain the following information:
  • Statement of commitment to allow protected time for registrant to prepare for and participate in the workshop, to complete and submit NIH proposal, and, if funded, to execute the proposed research
  1. Registrant's research or senior faculty mentor (appropriate for those in mentored programs like the Diversity K22 or K01). The letter of support should contain the following information:
  • Potential of registrant as an academic and as a researcher
  • Adequacy of training and research experience to be competitive for an NIH research or research training award
  • Mentor's qualifications (e.g. NIH or comparable funding track record) and plans for supporting the registrant in planning and writing a competitive research proposal

Please send all requests directly to the email box below:  NINDSDiversityTraining@ninds.nih.gov

Once accepted, participants must agree to complete the Specific Aims and Research Strategy of the SF 424 as preparatory work prior to the Workshop. Participants will bring a laptop to revise and edit the document during the two day meeting.

Please feel free to email me directly with further questions (jonesmiche@ninds.nih.gov).

 

Last Modified October 24, 2014