Post-doctoral scholar support request for applications

The Penn State Cancer Institute, in partnership with Penn State University, is implementing a new Postdoctoral Scholars Program for Cancer Institute members.

The program is designed to be cross-disciplinary and bring together laboratories from different disciplines that share the common goal of better understanding and/or treating cancer. This program is designed to foster productive, long-term interactions between diversely focused research groups (e.g., basic and clinical research, demographic and metabolism research, social science and basic scientists), and to support projects that might not be achieved through short-term, focused projects funded by traditional seed grant mechanisms.

This program also is intended to enhance the careers of postdoctoral scholars, who will serve as the bridge between the two research groups and simultaneously receive cross-disciplinary training in each area. This unique funding mechanism is expected to attract highly motivated postdoctoral fellows and provide a novel training environment that will launch the careers of the next generation of cancer research scientists.

Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2018.

September 20, 2018 Penn State College of Medicine News

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RFA Details: Post-doctoral scholar support request for applications

Overview Expand answer
  • Submission deadline: Oct. 15, 2018 by 5 p.m.
  • Award: Postdoctoral salary support for two years
Program Details Expand answer

Collaborations that are chosen for support will receive postdoctoral salary support for two years, and monies to support travel of the scholar to present their research at a national, cancer-related conference.

The program expects to support four postdoctoral scholars (two with appointments at the Penn State University Park and two with appointments at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center).

Eligibility Expand answer

This program is open to all Penn State Cancer Institute members who will serve as co-mentors of the postdoctoral scholar. The proposed research must demonstrate synergy between two research groups and describe how the postdoctoral scholar plays a pivotal role in the collaboration.

Ideally, postdoctoral scholars must be within the first 18 months of their appointment at Penn State University.

How to Apply Expand answer

Provide a single PDF to Colleen Kelley:

  • Long-term goals of the collaboration, including future plans (half a page)
  • Objectives of the two-year research project and a brief description of how they will be achieved (up to two pages)
  • Detailed postdoctoral training plan for the two-year period, including the training history of each mentor. This section should emphasize how the proposed training differs from that provided by traditional postdoctoral training under an individual mentor (up to three pages).
  • Biosketches of each mentor and the postdoctoral scholar
  • Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on October 15, 2018
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Proposals will be reviewed by:

  • Dr. Kristin Eckert, Penn State Cancer Institute Associate Director of Career Enhancement
  • At least one member of the Enhancing Health Initiative steering committee
  • Members of the Cancer Institute Career Enhancement and Education committee
  • Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate novel collaborative research and evidence of a high-level postdoctoral training environment, and collaborative efforts, or potential for collaborative efforts, between University Park and Hershey campuses.
Awardee Obligations Expand answer
  • Success will be monitored using conference abstracts/presentations, publications, grant submissions, and awards as metrics.
  • Eligible postdoctoral scholars supported by this program are expected to submit an NIH or equivalent fellowship application during year two.
  • Awardees will be asked to complete an annual Progress Report, for a period of five years post award, that includes publications and/or peer-reviewed funding that resulted from the award, and current position of the postdoctoral scholar.
  • Awardees may be asked to present their work at a program meeting.
  • Postdoctoral scholars will be expected to present their research at the annual Penn State Cancer Institute retreat or annual Penn State Cancer Research Day.
  • All publications must acknowledge Penn State Cancer Institute support and shared resources, if applicable.

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