Early career scientists: Apply now to the 2016 NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute!
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities sent this bulletin at 04/01/2016 09:38 AM EDT

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Want to incorporate the latest science in health disparities into your own research?

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the Health Disparities Research Institute from August 15, 2016, to August 19, 2016. The Institute aims to foster individual research projects of promising scientists and motivated research scholars with the overall goal to stimulate innovative research in the minority health and health disparities sciences. Please forward this message to anyone who may be interested in applying.

What the Health Disparities Research Institute Is: This program provides a unique opportunity for early career researchers, interested in addressing health disparities and minority health research, to learn about the latest science and receive guidance on their own research projects from leaders in the field.

Who Should Apply: Early career investigators, including postdoctoral researchers, research associates and assistant professors, engaged in health disparities and minority health research are encouraged to apply. We seek participants from diverse backgrounds within and outside of academia, such as from community-based and nonprofit organizations.

Cost: There is no cost, but admission is competitive and participants are required to attend all daily sessions. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation, room, and board. Limited scholarships will be available to cover travel expenses based on need. Applicants from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, who require financial assistance are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

How to Apply: The online application is now open on the NIMHD website: http://bit.ly/hdinstitute16.

The due date for submitting an application is 5:00pm local time on June 1, 2016.

Application Information:
Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Professional experience and educational achievements.
  • A brief essay (no more than 250 words) addressing interest in the program and outlining objectives for participation in the program
  • A one-page abstract with specific aims of a proposed research project
  • One letter of recommendation providing evidence of potential success in minority health and health disparities research

Approximately 60 participants will be accepted and preference will be given to those who demonstrate high potential to incorporate training into their own research.

Program Information:
The program will feature lectures, seminars, small group discussions, and sessions with scientific staff from across NIH Institutes and Centers. Lectures and seminars will include the following topics:

  • Population science and health disparities
  • Research design and measurement approaches
  • Intervention science methods
  • Healthcare disparities and outcomes research
  • Community-based participatory research

Small group discussions will be tailored to the research interests of the participants. NIH staff will also consult on research strategies and methodologies specific to the participant’s project and how to develop the project into an R01, R21, or K award application.

For additional information, contact the course planning committee at NIMHDHealthDC@mail.nih.gov.

[posted 4/4/2016]

2015 NIMHD Translational Health Disparities Course

Integrating Principles of Science, Practice and Policy in Health Disparities Research

Deadline extended to Monday, June 1, 2015 (11:59 pm EST).

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will again host a course on the science of health disparities this summer. The course will take place on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, from August 3, 2015 to August 14, 2015.

This two-week intensive course will provide specialized instruction on the concepts, principles, methods, and applications of health disparities science, practice, and policy. It will also integrate principles and practice of community engagement. Nationally and internationally recognized experts in health disparities science will lead individual sessions.

Cost: The course is free, but admission is competitive and daily attendance is mandatory. Participants are responsible for transportation, room and board.

How to Apply: Please visit the NIMHD Course webpage at: http://www.nimhd.nih.gov/2015_HDcourse.html for information on the online application process.

Application due date: The due date for application submission is Monday, June 1, 2015 (11:59 pm EST). Deadline extended

Application Information: The following comprises the application packet:

Completed online application must include:

· Relevant professional experience (250 word limit);

· Educational history including honors and awards (250 word limit);

· Essay describing interest in the course and how it will contribute to work/future career goals in the area of health disparities (350 word limit); and

· Letter of recommendation addressing in concrete and specific terms strengths, personal qualities, and relevance of course for career trajectory (350 word limit).

**Once the applicant submits the application, it will generate an automatic e-mail to the applicant’s reference, requesting a recommendation. An application is not complete until the reference submits the letter of recommendation.

Course Contact:

• For additional information, contact the course planning committee at NIMHDHealthDC@mail.nih.gov.

[Posted 5/27/2015]

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This is to alert you of a recent NIH Notice regarding the new Biosketch format.  All applications, including training grant and career development applications, are required to use the new format beginning with January 25, 2015 submissions.  Please pass this along to your trainees and interested colleagues.

There are two biosketch forms:

  1. General: for ALL applications (except fellowships)
  2. Fellowship (+R36 +Diversity Supplement)

NIH Notice:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-024.html

Biosketch forms:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm#format

Biosketch FAQs: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/faq_biosketches.htm

Rock talk blog: http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2014/11/26/implementing-the-modified-nih-biosketch-format/

If you have questions, please direct your inquiries to the Office of Extramural Research contact provided in the Notice.

Phone: 301-435-0714
Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov

[Posted: 12/3/2014]

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Greetings potential applicants –

The Keystone Symposia Fellows Program seeks early career scientists from both underrepresented minority and well-represented backgrounds, to interact with our distinguished Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) during the scientific meeting planning process.  It provides an opportunity for a “behind the scenes” look at an activity performed by established scientists that will invaluably inform the applicant’s future career and allows sharing with established scientists applicant views on the challenges faced by early career scientists and underrepresented scientists in particular.

Now in its fifth year, the program has demonstrated that those completing it benefit through high-quality, focused mentoring by recognized world-class scientists on our SAB, potential  invitations to lecture at prestigious laboratories, potential requests to engage in collaborative research with established scientists, the opportunity to present a small piece of their research to the SAB, learning how small scientific meetings are planned, and engaging in in-depth discussions which address the challenges faced by underrepresented scientists.

To all individuals who might be eligible and interested – especially those from underrepresented minority backgrounds, postdoctoral fellows (at least 2 years into the program), Assistant Professors (no more than 4 years into their appointment) or industry equivalent scientists – This Program is a research anchored, diversity focused program.

Applicants must be …

  1. U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  2. Actively engaged in full-time laboratory research

They do not have to be members of designated visible ethnic minority populations, but they do have to document substantial in-depth experiences in face to face interaction with persons from minority populations in the U.S., which include –

  1. Native American/Alaska Native,
  2. Hispanic/Latino,
  3. African American/Black, and
  4. Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders,

And and ensure that these experiences are verifiable. Further, the applicants are required to document an understanding of the specific and sometimes nuanced issues and challenges often faced by underrepresented minority (URM) scientists. By face-to-face interactions, we mean experience or activity other than teaching, which is in many cases largely a one-way communication.  Applicants need to have a serious understanding of the issues in order to carry in-depth discussions in small group settings on challenges to enhancing participation in the life sciences by underrepresented scientists. Verifiable documentation of the qualifying experience is required as part of the application process, and applicants will be chosen in part, based on their demonstrated ability to inform on the issues facing underrepresented scientists.

The Keystone Symposia Fellows Program will begin accepting applications for the 2014 Class on June 1, 2013. The application and eligibility requirements may be found at Keystone Symposia Fellows Program, as well as photos and bios of the most recent class of Fellows.  The application to the Fellows Program must be returned via U.S. postal mail and postmarked no later than 12:00PM (MST) on September 1, 2013. Applicants are urged to begin the application process early in the spring-summer to avoid problems with obtaining necessary documents by the September deadline.

Laina King, Ph.D.
Director, Diversity in Life Science Programs

Mentor, Keystone Symposia Fellows Program
Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology
P.I. NIH- MARC T-36 Grant

Post Office Box 1630
Silverthorne, Colorado 80498 USA
Telephone: 970-262-1230

Posted Date: 07/24/2013

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6:00 p.m. July 28 – noon, July 31, 2013

at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Application due:  April 1, 2013

image of 2013 NHLBI Population Studies Workshop

Apply here: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/news/events/2013-psw/

Featured Studies:

Jackson Heart Studylongitudinal study of cardiovascular disease and risk factors African Americans in the Jackson, Mississippi area.

Strong Heart Study multi-center longitudinal study of cardiovascular disease and risk factors in American Indians in Arizona, Oklahoma and the Dakotas.

Workshop Objectives

  • Learn how to access /utilize data available from the Jackson Heart and Strong Heart studies.
  • Develop and present a manuscript proposal using data from one or both of the studies.
  • Provide opportunities to collaborate with other investigators.


  • Early-career level investigators with previous research experience are invited to attend including

junior faculty, new investigators, post doctoral fellows.

  • Other interested investigators with research experience.
  • Targeted toward individuals not currently involved in these studies.


  • NHLBI staff, senior investigators, and data analysis staff from the Jackson Heart Study and Strong Heart Study.

Location and Cost

  • Workshop will be held at the Natcher Conference Center, NIH campus,  Bethesda, Maryland
  • No registration fee
  • Attendees  are responsible for their own travel, lodging and food costs

For questions: nhlbi_popworkshop@mail.nih.gov


Posted Date: 01/09/2013

The National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, is offering individual fellowships to highly qualified students and scientists who are seeking training that will enable them to engage in research relevant to the Human Genome Project. Training of scholars in examining the ethical, legal and social implications of human genome research is also encouraged, but is not available for pre-doctoral students.

Three types of fellowships are offered:

  1. Postdoctoral fellowships (F32) for individuals who have received their doctoral degree within the last seven years. The standard application receipt dates are 8 April, 8 August, and 8 December. To review the program announcement and application, visit the NIH grants website at http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-110.html.
  2. Senior postdoctoral fellowships (F33) for individuals who received their doctoral degree more than seven years ago. The standard application receipt dates are 8 April, 8 August, and 8 December. To review the program announcement and application, visit the NIH grants website at http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-111.html.
  3. Pre-doctoral Minority fellowships (F31) for graduate students with disabilities and underrepresented minority graduate students to pursue a doctoral degree. The standard application receipt dates are 13 April, 13 August and 13 December. To review the program announcement and application, visit the NIH grants website at http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-109.html.

Fellowship support is provided through the National Research Service Award. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States are eligible to apply.

For additional information about training and career development fellowship opportunities available through NHGRI, please visit the NHGRI website at http://www.genome.gov/10000950.

For information on Individual and Senior Postdoctoral Fellowships and Minority Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Genomic Analysis and Technology, contact:

Bettie J. Graham, Ph.D.
Telephone: (301) 496-7531
Email: bettie_graham@nih.gov

For information on Individual and Senior Postdoctoral Fellowships in ELSI Topics, contact:

Elizabeth Thomson, M.S., R.N.
Telephone: (301) 402-4997
Email: elizabeth_thomson@nih.gov

For information about PHS Grant Policy, contact

Ms. Cheryl Chick
Telephone: (301) 402-0733
Email: cheryl_chick@nih.gov


Posted Date: 01/21/2011


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