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SCRMC Graduate and Postdoctoral Training Award

Background

The SCRMC Research Training Awards were established in 2008 to recognize and provide support for promising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows conducting stem cell and regenerative medicine research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The SCRMC Research Training Awards Program provides unique, interdisciplinary training for future leaders in stem cell and regenerative medicine research. Additionally, this program aims to foster interdisciplinary collaborations among campus investigators. These programs are funded by the SCRMC, and the number of research awards is determined annually by available funds. Two postdoctoral and two graduate research awards will be granted this year. This program is open to applicants of all citizenships.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Applicant’s mentor must be a SCRMC member.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • Graduate applicants must have at least 2 years remaining in their graduate work.
  • Only one active award is granted per faculty mentor, thus individuals under a mentor who is supervising an active awardee, either graduate or postdoctoral, are not eligible.
  • More than one individual from the same lab or mentor may apply in the same award cycle, however only one research award per lab is possible.
  • Individuals who have received a SCRMC Training Award are not eligible to re-apply for additional of funding through this program.

Time line (if date falls on a weekend or holiday, deadline will be the next business day):

  • Application deadline: January 15, 2018
  • Award Notification: February 15, 2018

Application process: See checklists on the righthand side of this page. (Applications exceeding any specified page limits will not be considered.)

Review process

  • Review will be conducted by a minimum of 3 and maximum of 5 reviewers per application. Reviewers will be selected by the SCRMC Education Committee.
  • All reviewers will be SCRMC members.
  • Graduate student and postdoctoral applications will be considered independently.
  • A reviewer must be able to review all applications within a category (either graduate or postdoc) with no conflict of interest.
  • Conflict of interest in one category (graduate or postdoc) does not necessary constitute a conflict of interest in the other category.
  • Conflict of interest includes, but is not limited to, the mentor of an applicant, is collaborator or co-mentor of an applicant, written a manuscript with an applicant, or has written a letter of recommendation for an applicant.

Review criteria:

  • Quality of the proposal
  • Quality of the trainee
  • Promise of the trainee for a career in stem cell and regenerative medicine research
  • Appropriateness of trainer
  • Quality and interdisciplinary nature of the training plan and research proposal (graduate students)
  • Quality and interdisciplinary nature of identified collaborations (post-doctoral fellows)
  • Prior SCRMC training awards to PI

Feedback/resubmission

Because of the limited time availability of reviewers, the necessarily rapid turnaround of the reviews and the number of applications it is not possible to provide written critiques for each of the applications. Individuals who were not awarded a training award can apply in subsequent years, assuming they still meet the eligibility criteria, but it will be considered a new application, not a resubmission.

Award

Students and advisors are notified of Award status by early February, with the formal award presented to the recipient and mentor at a SCRMC Stem Cell Seminar.

Award is for one year. Stipend amount varies based on NIH Guidelines. Award does not cover segregated fees. Awards are made to the applicant, not to the mentor, and as such are not transferable to another trainee.

Requirements of Awardee:

  • Retain good academic standing (graduate student).
  • Awardees are expected to be actively involved in SCRMC trainee activities for at least two years following receipt of award (including 1 year following the termination of the award).
  • Provide a report of the research to be submitted by January 31 the year following receipt of the award, to be reviewed by the SCRMC Education Committee.
  • Present a seminar at the SCRMC Stem Cell seminar within 2 years of initiation of the award.
  • Describe and document participation in at least one stem cell-related outreach activity, to be provided to the SCRMC Education Committee no later than January 31, 2 years following receipt of award (1 year following the termination of the award).

Requirements of Awardee Mentor:

  • Mentors of awarded trainees are asked to serve as reviewers for subsequent year applicants.
  • Mentors are expected to participate in relevant SCRMC activities including campus stem cell lab meeting and focus groups.

Training Award recipients in years past

To apply, send materials to:

Sue Gilbert
5036 WIMR 1111 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 263-2982
sggilber@wisc.edu

Electronic submissions only.

Postdoctoral Training Award Checklist

  • Completed application form [Fillable .PDF]  (Please download form before filling in. Fill out and then save with your name before sending it to Sue Gilbert.)
  • The proposed mentor must submit a letter of recommendation (either with the application or separately) including a training plan for the mentee.
  • letter of recommendation is required from your doctoral (Ph.D., M.D., V.M.D.) advisor or from another appropriate source. Please have these sent directly to Sue Gilbert at the address below.
  • Complete Curriculum Vitae (including publications.)
  • brief summary of the proposed research, prepared by the candidate, that describes the specific aims of the research, the interdisciplinary nature of the project and highlights the significance of the work in stem cell biology and/or regenerative medicine (1 page).

Graduate Training Award Checklist

  • Completed application form [Fillable .PDF(Please download form before filling in. Fill out and then save with your name before sending it to Sue Gilbert.)
  • statement of training, prepared by the mentor, describing the interdisciplinary nature of the student’s thesis research, and detailing a plan for achieving interdisciplinary training. Examples of interdisciplinary training mechanisms include, but are not limited to: i) co-mentorship by investigators in distinct scientific disciplines; ii) enrollment in courses in multiple disciplines; iii) planned “student sabbaticals” that allow for dedicated training time in a discipline outside of the applicant’s area of expertise. (1 page)
  • A brief research description, prepared by the student, which includes the specific aims of the graduate thesis project and highlights the significance of the work in stem cell biology and/or regenerative medicine. (1-2 pages; References are not included in the page limit.)
  • An updated version of the student’s curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and presentations.
  • Copies of the applicant’s graduate school application materials, including undergraduate transcripts, graduate record examination (GRE) scores, and letters of recommendation. 

(Best to ask your department to send the packet directly to Sue Gilbert [see contact info above].)

  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.