2017 RFA: PHD TRAINEE AND POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS IN DM
The Wyck Foundation and the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation partner to solicit applications, conduct peer review and make fellowship and research grant awards to advance therapy development for myotonic dystrophy.
As part of this effort, the partnership funds Ph.D. trainee and postdoctoral research fellowships (similar to a U.S. National Institutes of Health F31 or F32 award) to expand understanding and treatment of myotonic dystrophy. Traineeships and fellowships may be awarded for projects with qualified sponsors in appropriate academic, research institute, or pharmaceutical/biotechnology company environments. Projects may focus on basic, translational and/or clinical research in myotonic dystrophy.
This will be a two-year project with a budget of $52,500 for Ph.D. Trainees or $102,500 for Postdoctoral Fellowships.
- Contracting Officer: John Porter, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation
- Place of Performance: United States, Canada or international sites that meet eligibility criteria
- Date Issued: April 6, 2017
- Proposals Due: September 1, 2017, 5:00 PM PT
- Notification of Selection: December 15, 2017
- Period of Award: January 1, 2018–December 31, 2019
- Anticipated Overall Award:
- Ph.D. Trainee: $52,500
- Postdoctoral: $102,500
- Number of Awards to be Issued: To be determined, based upon mix of applicant types and available funds
1. Degree requirements. Ph.D. Trainee applicants must be enrolled and in good standing in a Ph.D. program at an accredited academic medical center or research institute. The applicant must have already completed two years of a doctoral program, including formal coursework and qualifying examination requirements, and have selected a sponsor who focuses a major portion of their lab’s activities on DM. Postdoctoral Fellow applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D., D.O. or other doctoral degree in his/her profession from an accredited domestic or foreign institution before a Wyck Fellowship award can be activated. Degree must be received within no more than three years before the fellowship period. Documentation of successful completion of a doctoral degree must be submitted prior to the start of the award.
2. Commitment to myotonic dystrophy research. Wyck supports Ph.D. and postdoctoral trainees with outstanding potential to make contributions to myotonic dystrophy research. Previous work in this area is strongly encouraged but not required. However, the applicant should document how previous experience and interests will enhance the proposed research to address important questions related to myotonic dystrophy. The applicant and sponsor must demonstrate a strong and enduring commitment to current and future research in this area.
3. Sponsor. The applicant must identify a qualified sponsor to directly oversee and supervise the research activities. That sponsor must have background experience in myotonic dystrophy or a field of study relevant to the candidate’s application, and be willing to actively support the applicant. The sponsor must document the availability of space, facilities, and research support to provide an outstanding training experience. For applicants who propose continued work at an institution where they have been engaged for more than one year, it is important that the sponsor document how the Wyck award will enhance the opportunity for new research experiences and broaden the scientific and/or clinical background of the applicant. It is expected that the sponsor will encourage and assist the prospective Ph.D. Trainee or Fellow with application.
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