The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) request applications for rehabilitation research career development programs.*
Despite the increasing population of individuals coping with chronic disabilities at various levels, the field of medical rehabilitation has not responded sufficiently to the need for research to validate approaches, optimize treatments, and incorporate new technologies and opportunities. Unprecedented opportunities exist to explore the biomedical, behavioral, and social bases for rehabilitative strategies and their application to appropriate populations. This announcement invites applications to coordinate the mentoring and career development of rehabilitation researchers in one of 3 domains: allied health professionals, clinicians involved in neurological rehabilitation, or engineers.
The program will be responsible for, but not limited to: developing guidelines for mentoring, didactic interactions, career development, and the responsible conduct of research; developing and promoting a network of established faculty with a record of research support and productivity who could serve as potential mentors and secondary resources for scholar candidates; negotiating and coordinating with participating institutions and departments to ensure that scholars obtain appropriate research support and opportunities for advancement; recruiting, selecting, and supporting those individuals who would most benefit from participation in this program and are most likely to develop independent careers in medical rehabilitation research; periodically reviewing the research and career goals of each individual in conjunction with their mentor; providing special opportunities for research presentations and professional advancement, and assistance in career counseling and job placement; and enhancing the involvement of women, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and persons with disabilities as candidates, mentors, and/or other resource positions.
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: August 22, 2006
Application Receipt Date: September 22, 2006
For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Ralph Nitkin, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, NICHD, 6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 2A03, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: 301-402-4206; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*For a more detailed description of this announcement, please visit the NIH web site at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-06-010.html.