Applicant institutions should demonstrate a commitment to providing the environment and resources needed to successfully prepare junior investigators for careers as independent academic researchers in neuroscience.
Awardees will enter the program participating in mentored research and, as a result of the experience, they are expected to have developed the competencies, skills and publication record needed to apply for independent funding. As part of the application process, institutions must define the resources and environment that will promote this level of competence, and provide concrete evidence of their commitment to providing these resources. Under this award, institutions are not asked to confer an academic title that signifies independence, but they must commit to a program for training that allows awardees to successfully compete for such a position. It is anticipated that awardees will apply for independent funding during the course of their award. Institutions sponsoring them must provide the resources and title required to do so.
Institutions should consider carefully each candidate’s scientific background, especially the extent to which they have been engaged in prior research training. Resources in support of career development should be tailored to the individual candidate, taking into account special strengths and needs. Unique features of the environment, the resources to be provided and institutional/departmental track record in mentoring prior trainees should be specifically detailed.
The level of institutional commitment will be considered during review, and will contribute to the overall score of the application. The extent to which this commitment will be honored if the application is not successful will also be considered and will contribute to the overall score.
Institutions should address the following commitments to the candidate:
Last Modified May 17, 2012